JSJ recognized as National Blue Ribbon School

John S. Jones Elementary School Recognized as 2020 National Blue Ribbon School
Posted on 09/24/2020
Amanda Martinez, Tanya Clark and Dr. Alan Cosby

John S. Jones Elementary School recognized as a U. S. Department of Education 2020 National Blue Ribbon School in the Performance Category Exemplary High Performing Schools.

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Press Release

U. S. Secretary of Education Announces 2020 National Blue Ribbon Schools

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos today recognized 367 schools as National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2020. The recognition is based on a school’s overall academic performance or progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups.

“Congratulations to this year’s National Blue Ribbon School awardees,” said Secretary DeVos. “It’s a privilege to recognize the extraordinary work you do to meet students’ needs and prepare them for successful careers and meaningful lives.”

The coveted National Blue Ribbon Schools award affirms the hard work of educators, families, and communities in creating safe and welcoming schools where students master challenging and engaging content. Now in its 38th year, the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program has bestowed almost 10,000 awards to more than 9,000 schools, with some schools winning multiple awards. Schools are eligible for nomination after five years. 

The Education Department recognizes all schools in one of two performance categories, based on all student scores, student subgroup scores and graduation rates:

  • Exemplary High Performing Schools – These are among their state’s highest performing schools as measured by state assessments or nationally normed tests.
  • Exemplary Achievement Gap Closing Schools – These are among their state’s highest performing in closing achievement gaps between a school’s student groups and all students.
The 2020 National Blue Ribbon Schools Awards Ceremony will be held virtually Nov. 12th and 13th. 
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