Established by the U.S. Department of Education in an effort to recognize educational leadership and best instructional practices, the Blue Ribbon Schools Program celebrates the achievements of the country’s high-performing schools.
“This is a great day for Compton. Con gratulations to the students, teachers and classified employees at Jefferson and Tibby for earning this coveted national award,” said Micah Ali, President of the Compton School Board. “The fact that two Compton schools were honored among only 24 in the state is continuing proof that our emphasis on student success in the Compton School District is paying off.”
CUSD Superintendent Darin Brawley said the two National Blue Ribbon winners represent the swift change underway in the District’s classrooms. “We have no time to waste now. Our students must be prepared for college or career tech and 21st century jobs. Jefferson and Tibby are among the many Compton schools leading the charge as we close the achievement gap in Compton,” he said.
Jefferson Elementary’s Principal Mario Marcos said having his school nominated for the National Blue Ribbon is a huge honor that fills the entire school community with pride. “This is an incredible honor for our school. Our entire staff, our students, and their parents should be very proud,” he noted. “More Compton schools should be recognized for their commitment to student achievement. Jefferson is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the wealth of brilliant instructors in this community working hard on their behalf every day.”
For Tibby’s Principal Ontrece Ellerbe, the National Blue Ribbon Schools Award will continue to be a motivator for her students and staff. “We are tremendously humbled by this recognition and thankful for the support we received from the entire school community. Tibby Elementary is a wonderful school that reflects the tireless work being done throughout the entire school district,” she said. “I believe Compton schools will continue to push students to achieve at higher levels.”
Nominees are selected on the basis of two criteria, as explained by the California Department of Education:
Exemplary High-Performing Schools: Schools that achieve at least the 85th percentile statewide in the percent of students scoring proficient or advanced in English-language arts and mathematics on the state assessments. Schools nominated in this category may or may not have at least 40 percent of their students from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Exemplary Improving Schools: Schools with at least 40 percent of their students from a disadvantaged background that are also among the top 10 percent of schools in the state showing the greatest improvement in the percent of students scoring proficient or advanced in ELA and mathematics on the state assessments over the last five years.
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