Principal Pat James and his staff and teachers expressed elation Monday at the designation. He said the announcement was made Sept. 7.
“George West Primary is the only school chosen twice since 2003 in Texas” James said.
And the primary school is one of only 16 in Texas to achieve a 2012 Naitonal Blue Ribbon designation.
“To receive the award you have to be nominated first and then go through an application process,” James said.
“One of the requirements to be nominated is to have several years of outstanding student achievement data. Our students at George West Primary have been performing very well for many years. One of the criteria for recognition is not only a high percdentage of students passing but a high percentage of students scoring at the commended performance level, which we have also had for several years.” James said.
“One of the other awards we are very proud of is Texas Business and Education Honor Roll Schools (www.tbec.org) This award is also based on several consecutive years of high achievement, mainly the percentage of your students scoring at the commended level. We are one of only two schools in the state of Texas to receive this award for 10 consecutive years,” James said.
The designation means the primary school’s students scored within the top 10 percent of the state’s standardized testing.
“I congratulate these schools on their recognition for outstanding performance,” said Texas Commissioner of Education Michael L. Williams.
“They are examples of what our schools can accomplish through the hard work and dedicaiton of our teachers, administrators, students and parents,” he added.
The U.S. Department of Education will honor about 219 public and 50 private schools at a recognition ceremony Nov. 12-13 in Washington, D.C., including George West Primary School.
The Blue Ribbon program since its beginnings in 1982 has recognized more than 7,000 schools, including 500 in Texas.
“Our nation has no greater responsibility than helping all children realize their full potential,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.
“Schools honored with the National Blue Ribbon Schools award are committed to accelerating student achievement and preparing students for success in college and careers. Their work reflects the conviction that every child has promise and that education is the surest pathway to a strong, secure future,” Duncan said.