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    The Stockwell Place faculty and staff are proud to announce that we have been named a 2006 No Child Left Behind-Blue Ribbon School. We believe that our school is one of the best elementary schools in the nation, and now others are taking notice. This is a very prestigious award, and will be shared with our students, parents, teachers, and all community members. Our school is great because everyone plays a role in the education of Stockwell Place students. Once again, we are all very proud of this award and commend all students, staff, and community for their hard work.

     SPELLINGS NAMES FIVE SCHOOLS IN LOUISIANA AS NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND BLUE RIBBON SCHOOLS    U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings today announced that five schools in Louisiana have been named as 2006 No Child Left Behind - Blue Ribbon Schools.  These schools were not among the first lists of schools announced because the department was waiting for additional information on their adequate yearly progress. The No Child Left Behind - Blue Ribbon Schools Program recognizes schools that make significant progress in closing the achievement gap or whose students achieve at very high levels. The schools are selected based on one of two criteria:
 

  • Schools with at least 40 percent of their students from disadvantaged backgrounds that dramatically improve student performance to high levels on state tests
  • Schools whose students, regardless of background, achieve in the top 10 percent of their state on state tests or in the case of private schools in the top 10 percent of the nation on nationally-normed tests.
     

     Under No Child Left Behind, schools must make Adequate Yearly Progress, or AYP, in reading and language arts and mathematics. Each state—not the federal government—sets its own academic standards and benchmark goals, because each state knows best what goals and criteria are most appropriate for its school districts.   Every state, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico, has an assigned number of possible schools based on the number of students and the number of schools in the state. A total of 413 schools can be nominated. The state's CCSO nominates public schools and the Council for American Private Education (CAPE) nominates private schools. Once the secretary has the nominations from the CCSO and CAPE, the secretary invites the nominated schools to submit applications for possible recognition as a No Child Left Behind - Blue Ribbon School.   "These schools show what wonderful accomplishments can be made when we focus on the bottom line in education – student achievement," Spellings said.  "All of these schools have students from all subgroups who've made impressive test gains or who scored in the top tier on state tests. They are outstanding examples of how all students can achieve to higher standards."   The 2006 No Child Left Behind - Blue Ribbon Schools will be honored at an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C., November 9-10.