Baesler Praises ND Blue Ribbon Schools

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Baesler Praises ND Blue Ribbon Schools

BISMARCK, N.D., Sept. 28, 2017 – State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler on Thursday congratulated three Cass County elementary schools for being named as “National Blue Ribbon Schools” for 2017.

The schools are Kindred Elementary in Kindred; Longfellow Elementary in Fargo; and Legacy Elementary in West Fargo.

The U.S. Department of Education designates national Blue Ribbon Schools annually. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos announced the list Thursday. The three Cass County schools were among 342 schools in 44 states that were recognized nationwide. Of those, 292 were public schools, and 50 were private.

The Blue Ribbon program, which has been running for 35 years, honors schools where students either achieve very high learning standards or make substantial improvements in their learning. The Education Department designated all three North Dakota schools as “exemplary high performing” schools.

“This is an opportunity for us to showcase and highlight our schools,” Baesler said. “These schools are making sure all students are experiencing growth and success.”

Baesler said the application process is comprehensive, and requires schools to compile a great deal of information. The last North Dakota school to be named a Blue Ribbon school was Valley City’s Washington Elementary in 2015.

“This is a national award. Not every school is able to achieve the recognition. It is a very arduous process,” Baesler said. “This is a very big deal. This is a huge celebration nationally, and we’re very excited to honor these three schools this year.”

The Education Department will be holding a ceremony Nov. 6-7 in Washington, D.C., to honor the Blue Ribbon schools. Baesler said North Dakota celebrations of the award will also be scheduled later at the three schools.