Wyoming Schools Receive Blue Ribbon Awards from U.S. Department of Education

The United States Department of Education has honored three Wyoming Schools with the prestigious Blue Ribbon School Award. The announcement was made in late September in Washington, D.C.

The winners of the Blue Ribbon School award from the Cowboy State were Coffeen Elementary in Sheridan; Jackson Hole High School in Jackson; and Lovell High School in Lovell. All three were honored in the category of High Performing School.

WEA President Kathy Vetter congratulated WEA members at these schools, saying, “WEA members are proud, hard-working educators, and these awards prove that great things are happening in Wyoming public schools. Thank you for being a member and working so hard to make Wyoming schools a great place for students!”

“Educating everyone takes everyone. Receiving the National Blue Ribbon award is a true testament to the hard work and dedication of our students, families, teachers, staff and administration,” said WEA Northeast Region President Jennifer Black, who also teaches at Coffeen Elementary in Sheridan.

Each of the three schools received a plaque presented by representatives of the Wyoming Department of Education during ceremonies at their schools.

The National Blue Ribbon Schools award honors public and private elementary, middle, and high schools where students perform at very high levels or where significant improvements are being made in students’ levels of achievement.

The Blue Ribbon Schools program recognizes schools in one of two performance categories. The first category is “Exemplary High Performing,” in which schools are recognized among their state’s highest performing schools, as measured by state assessments or nationally-normed tests. The second category is “Exemplary Improving,” in which schools that have at least 40 percent of their students from disadvantaged backgrounds demonstrate the most progress in improving student achievement levels as measured by state assessments or nationally-normed tests.

This year the US Department of Education honored 286 schools nationwide.

“Excellence in education matters and we should honor the schools that are leading the way to prepare students for success in college and careers,” said Secretary of Education Arne Duncan in a statement from the US Department of Education. “National Blue Ribbon schools represent examples of educational excellence, and their work reflects the belief that every child in America deserves a world-class education.”