Media Alert: Six Maryland Schools To Be Awarded "Blue Ribbon" Status
State Superintendent To Announce State Honorees
For Immediate Release
Contact: Bill Reinhard, 410-767-0486, Darla Strouse, 410-767-0370
Baltimore, MD (December 4, 2014)
WHO: State Superintendent of Schools Lillian M. Lowery
Educators from Six Maryland Schools and School Systems
WHAT: A surprise announcement as schools from Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Frederick, Harford, and Washington will be named as recipients of the 2015 Maryland Blue Ribbon School Award.
WHEN: 9:30 a.m., Wednesday, December 10
WHERE: State Board Room
Maryland State Department of Education
200 W. Baltimore Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
WHY: The Blue Ribbon Schools Program is a state and national program that recognizes and honors schools that exhibit high performance and/or significant improvement in reading and mathematics achievement as measured by Maryland’s assessments. Schools must meet rigorous standards developed by the Maryland State Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Education. These schools are all high achievers in reading and mathematics, placing in at least the top 15 percent of the State, and many serve a significant number of economically disadvantaged students. Other achievement indicators include school leadership, professional development, instructional approaches, and parent and community involvement. Maryland can select up to six schools for recognition, based on its school-age population. The Maryland Blue Ribbon Schools go on to compete for National Blue Ribbon Awards, which will be announced by the U.S. Department of Education next fall.