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Travis ECHS named 2017 National Blue Ribbon School

Release: Sept. 28, 2017

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SAISD’s Travis Early College High School named 2017 National Blue Ribbon School

Early college campus earns honor as exemplary high performing school 

Sept. 28, 2017 – San Antonio ISD’s Travis Early College High School has been named a 2017 National Blue Ribbon School based on its overall academic excellence. It is one of two schools in Bexar County to receive this honor and among 312 public and private schools in the country selected as exemplary high performing schools. See recipient list of Exemplary High Performing Schools from DOE.

Blue Ribbon Schools is a U.S. Department of Education program, founded in 1982, that recognizes public and private elementary, middle and high schools where students perform at very high levels. This coveted award affirms the hard work of educators, families and communities in creating safe and welcoming schools where students master challenging and engaging content.

Today’s DOE news announcement

National Blue Ribbon Honors Announced for 342 Schools

SEPTEMBER 28, 2017

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U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos today recognized 342 schools as National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2017. The recognition is based on a school's overall academic performance or progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups.

"National Blue Ribbon Schools are active demonstrations of preparing every child for a bright future," said U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to the honorees. "You are visionaries, innovators and leaders. You have much to teach us: some of you personalize student learning, others engage parents and communities in the work and life of your local schools and still others develop strong and forward-thinking leaders from among your teaching staff."

The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program honors public and private elementary, middle and high schools where students achieve very high learning standards or are making notable improvements in closing the achievement gap.

This coveted 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 35th year, the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program has bestowed recognition on more than 8,500 schools. On Nov. 6-7, the Secretary and the Department of Education will celebrate with these honorees at an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C.

All schools are honored in one of two performance categories, based on all student scores, subgroup student scores and graduation rates:

  1. Exemplary      High Performing Schools are      among their state's highest performing schools as measured by state      assessments or nationally normed tests.
  2. Exemplary      Achievement Gap Closing Schools are      among their state's highest performing schools in closing achievement gaps      between a school's subgroups and all students over the past five years.

Up to 420 schools may be nominated each year. The Department invites National Blue Ribbon School nominations from the top education official in all states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, the Department of Defense Education Activity and the Bureau of Indian Education. Private schools are nominated by The Council for American Private Education (CAPE).

Note to Editors: Photographs and brief descriptions of the 2017 National Blue Ribbon Schools are available at http://www.ed.gov/nationalblueribbonschools.
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