FREDERICKTOWN — Fredericktown Elementary School has been named a Blue Ribbon School, one of only six Ohio elementary schools to earn that distinction from the U.S. Department of Education.
The Blue Ribbon Schools Program honors public and private schools based on one of two criteria.
One criteria is schools whose students, regardless of backgrounds, are high performing. These are schools ranked among the state’s highest performing schools as measured by their performance on state assessments or in the case of private schools, that score at the highest performance level on tests referenced by national norms in at least the most recent year tested. The second criteria is schools with at least 40 percent of their students from disadvantaged backgrounds that improve student performance to high levels as measured by the school’s performance on state assessments or nationally normed tests.
“Excellence is hard to achieve and often goes unrecognized,” Aba S. Kumi, director of the Blue Ribbon program, wrote to the school, “so on behalf of the U.S. Department of Education and the Blue Ribbon School Program staff, I congratulate you all for what you have accomplished.”