Muldrow Middle School selected for Blue Ribbon National Award
“Our school is excited and we’re honored to receive this award and recognition,” Muldrow Middle School Principal Angela Williams, said this week in response to being selected for the National Blue Ribbon Schools Award.
Muldrow is among six other schools from Oklahoma and one of 367 schools nationally recognized for the award.
The Blue Ribbon Schools Award is presented to schools selected by the U.S. Secretary of Education, and is based on a school’s overall academic performance or progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups, according to a statement from U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy Devos, whose offce in Washington, D.C., makes the selections.
"Congratulations to this year's National Blue Ribbon School awardees," said Secretary DeVos. "It's a privilege to recognize the extraordinary work you do to meet students' needs and prepare them for successful careers and meaningful lives."
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the 2020 National Blue Ribbon Schools Awards Ceremony will be held virtually on Nov. 12 and 13.
“While we regret not having the opportunity to celebrate in person, given the current situation regarding COVID-19, we will celebrate the 317 public and 50 non-public school honorees in the ways that we are able, and they will each receive their plaques and flags via mail,” Secretary Devos said.
Devos said the “Coveted National Blue Ribbon Schools award affrms the hard work of educators, families, and communities in creating safe and welcoming schools where students master challenging and engaging content. Now in its 38th year, the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program has bestowed almost 10,000 awards to more than 9,000 schools, with some schools winning multiple awards. Schools are eligible for nomination after five years.”
Muldrow was rewarded for being an “Exemplary High Performing” School for their excellence and progress in closing student achievement gaps, according to Devo.
“We submitted our application last year and we were hoping we would be one of the recipients of this prestigious award. I just have to commend our entire school. We all work together to provide a high quality education to ensure all the students have the opportunity to achieve success,” Williams said.
Williams said the students at Muldrow have worked hard to elevate their test scores, strive for good attendance and have made improvements in state assessments in reading and math.
“I am inspired by the effort and teamwork that went into this accomplishment and the high bar these schools are setting for their students,” State Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister, said.
“This level of excellence requires visionary leadership, exceptional educators who prioritize meeting the needs of students every day and the support of engaged families. I congratulate Muldrow and all the other schools in Oklahoma for being recognized as among the best in the United States.”
Sen. James Lankford offered his congratulations also.
“It is an honor for the entire state of Oklahoma that these great schools received national recognition for excellence,” Lankford said.
“Oklahoma schools systems have stepped up tot the plate3 during the CO-VID-19 pandemic to he3lp keep students engaged and learning during these diffcult times. Oklahoman remain proud of our teachers, administrators, parents and families who work tirelessly together to ensure students have access to quality learning environments even during the unusual circumstances facing schools and students year, I comment the 2020 Blue Ribbon schools for their hard work and perseverance toward the achi8evement of this imp0ortant milestone.”
The Education Department recognizes all schools in one of two performance categories, based on all student scores, student subgroup scores, and graduation rates in two categories. Those selected as “Exemplary High Performing Schools” were among their state’s highest performing schools as measured by state assessments or nationally normed tests.
“Exemplary Achievement Gap Closing Schools” are among their state's highest performing in closing achievement gaps between a school's student groups and all students.
Up to 420 schools may be nominated each year. The U.S. Education Department invites National Blue Ribbon School nominations from the top education offcial 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).