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September 09, 2008

Feds award 26 Texas schools with 'blue ribbon'

The 26 schools earned the U.S. Department of Education's "blue ribbon" distinction for high student acheivement (as measured by TAKS) or for big gains in achievement (as measured by TAKS). The award also recognizes top-performing schools that serve a large percentage of financially disadvantaged students.

The Houston Independent School District, which serves many students from low-income families, has the most schools on the list: five. Katy had one school, in the top performance category (where the background of students was not the major criteria). One of the HISD schools, Carnegie Vanguard High School, also fell on that list. Lamar CISD had one blue-ribbon school, and Dallas ISD had three. The state nominated the schools, and the feds had the final word.

"The Blue Ribbon School award brings well deserved recognition to these 26 outstanding schools and demonstrates that you can find excellent performance in schools of all sizes," Texas Education Commissioner Robect Scott said in a prepared statement Tuesday. "I'm proud that the U.S. Department of Education's award recognizes the strong academic work that is occurring in our schools."

All the winners are listed after the jump. Congrats.

Texas NCLB Blue Ribbon School Nominees in Top 10% of Test Results (With at least 40% Disadvantaged Students)

Ben Milam Elementary School, Dallas ISD
Centerville Elementary School, Garland ISD
Schulenburg Elementary School, Schulenburg ISD
Taylor Ray Elementary School, Lamar CISD
Hartsfield Elementary School, Houston ISD
Peck Elementary School, Houston ISD
Club Estates Elementary School, Corpus Christi ISD
Bivins Elementary School, Amarillo ISD
Landergin Elementary School, Amarillo ISD
School of Business & Management, Dallas ISD

Blue Ribbon School Nominees Showing Significant Improvement in Test Results(With at least 40% Disadvantaged Students)
Harvard Elementary School, Houston ISD
Shaw SES Elementary School, Corpus Christi ISD
Slaton High School, Slaton ISD
Liberty-Eylau Middle School, Liberty-Eylau ISD
Pin Oak Middle School, Houston ISD

Blue Ribbon School Nominees in Top 10% of Test Results (With fewer than 40% Disadvantaged Students)
Roan Forest Elementary School, North East ISD
Shepard Elementary School, Plano ISD
Anderson Elementary School, Frisco ISD
Lakewood Elementary School, Dallas ISD
Big Springs Elementary School, Richardson ISD
Samuel Beck Elementary, Northwest ISD
Liberty Elementary School, Eagle Pass ISD
Carnegie Vanguard High School, Houston ISD
Cinco Ranch High School, Katy ISD
Wylie High School, Wylie ISD
Boerne Middle School South, Boerne ISD

Posted by Ericka Mellon at September 9, 2008 01:32 PM


Carnegie leads the way in HISD - again.

Posted by: Andy at September 9, 2008 07:20 PM

Does "disadvantaged" mean "stupid?"

Posted by: Wait a minute.... at September 10, 2008 11:00 AM

How ridiculous. This says nothing about whether or not these schools are any better than any others. High performance is measured by high performance, not weighted by what percentage of children get free school lunches. No disrespect to the children in those schools who have done well but the award should not be so misleading. Call it the blue ribbon of distinction for schools with >40% disadvantaged students.

Posted by: Susan at September 10, 2008 01:59 PM

Several private schools in TX also got the blue ribbon. These are not even mentioned here

Posted by: kk at September 11, 2008 12:32 PM