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Sep 7, 2012 3:56 PM by Claire Anderson - MTN News

Columbus High School chosen as 2012 National Blue Ribbon School

The Columbus High School in Columbus has been chosen as one of only three Montana schools to be designated as a 2012 National Blue Ribbon School.

The Blue Ribbon Schools program honors elementary and secondary schools that made "significant progress in closing the achievement gap or whose students achieve at very high levels."

"We are honored to have Columbus High School recognized as a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence by the US Department of Education," said Columbus Superintedent Allan Sipes. "We feel that the award should recognize the hard work and dedication of all of our staff, K-12, and the support that we receive from our parents and community."

All three of the Montana schools were nominated in the Exemplary High Performing School category. "High performing" means (a) that the achievement of the school's students in the most recent year tested places the school among the highest performing schools in the state on state assessments of reading and mathematics, and (b) disaggregated results for student subgroups, including students from disadvantaged backgrounds, must be similar to the results for all students tested.

In a press release, Montana Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau noted, "We nominated these great Montana schools and communities to serve as national models based upon their success. I am very proud of these schools as they reflect our statewide commitment to providing every child in Montana with a quality education."

The U.S. Department of Education will honor the 219 public and 50 private schools that earned "Blue Ribbon" designation during a conference and awards ceremony in November in Washington, D.C.

The other two Montana schools that earned Blue Ribbon status are Lincoln Elementary School in Great Falls, and Montana City Elementary School in Montana City.

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