For Immediate Release: October 2, 2018
U.S. Department of Education Awards Three New Mexico Schools with National Blue Ribbon Recognition
Schools Recognized for Excellence with 2018 U.S. Blue Ribbon Awards
SANTA FE, NM – Today, Governor Susana Martinez announced that the U.S. Department of Education has awarded three schools in New Mexico with national recognition for improving student outcomes and closing achievement gaps. The Blue Ribbon School award is one of nation’s highest honors for excellent academic excellence. The three schools are: Anansi Charter School in El Prado (Taos), East Mountain Charter High School in Sandia Park (Albuquerque) and Broadmoor Elementary School in Hobbs, NM.
East Mountain Charter High School is one of only eight schools statewide (less than 1% of all schools) to earn seven consecutive As via New Mexico’s School Grades.
“These three schools are some of the best in the entire country, and this goes to show that our students and schools can compete with the very best,” said Governor Martinez. “We should all be so proud of these students, teachers, and staff. Their hard work and their achievements in our school grading system deserve national recognition.”
Schools are recognized in two categories: Exemplary Achievement Gap Closing Schools and Exemplary High Performing Schools. This year all three of the New Mexico schools were honored in the Exemplary Achievement Gap Closing Schools category.
“In traveling the state and visiting hundreds of schools over the past year, the performance of these three schools in closing achievement gaps, each in a very different setting in New Mexico, certainly stood out. They are among a small group of New Mexico schools earning multiple As—each has embraced reform and risen to the challenge as our state has raised the bar,” said Education Secretary Christopher Ruszkowski. “This year’s awardees are schools that are truly preparing students for the 21st century economy – we must learn from their best practices, embrace their high expectations, and continue our unprecedented academic ascent under truly rigorous standards and assessments.”
To qualify for the Blue Ribbon award, schools were required to demonstrate dramatic progress in student achievement growth or show overall academic excellence. After being nominated by NMPED, each school submits an application to the United States Department of Education for consideration and review. Schools nominated for student achievement growth must demonstrate significant progress in closing the achievement gap, while schools recognized for overall academic excellence must be amongst the state’s highest performing schools.
Since 1982, the United States Department of Education has invited annual National Blue Ribbon School nominations from state education agencies and top education officials. A total of 420 schools nationwide may be nominated, with awards determined by the number of K-12 students and schools in each state or jurisdiction. Now in its 36th year, the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program has bestowed recognition on more than 8,800 schools. Secretary Betsy DeVos and the Department of Education will celebrate all 2018 honorees at an awards ceremony on November 7-8, in Washington D.C.