Ohio's Report Card Fails to Recognize 70% of 2016 Blue Ribbon Winners

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Here is how the Federal Department of Education describes this prestigious Blue Ribbon award

U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. today announced the 329 National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2016. The award is based on their overall academic excellence or their progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups.

"National Blue Ribbon Schools are proof that we can prepare every child for college and meaningful careers, King said in a video message to honorees. "Your schools are on the cutting edge, pioneering innovative educational practices—professional learning communities, project-based learning, social and emotional learning, positive behavior systems—making you shining examples for your communities, your state and the nation."

The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program honors public and private elementary, middle, and high schools where students achieve very high learning standards or are making notable improvements in closing the achievement gap. The award affirms the hard work of students, educators, families, and communities in creating safe and welcoming schools where students master challenging content. The National Blue Ribbon Schools flag gracing a school's building is a widely recognized symbol of exemplary teaching and learning. National Blue Ribbon Schools are an inspiration and a model for schools still striving for excellence.

Now in its 34th year, the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program has bestowed this coveted award on fewer than 8,500 schools. On Nov. 7 and 8, the Department will formally recognize the 279 public and 50 private schools at an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C.

We decided to take a look at how each of these schools fared on the new report card. Two Schools listed (St Edwards and Worthington Christian are private schools so no data is available).

Building Name Performance Index
Grace L Roxbury Elementary School B
Leighton Elementary School B
Madeira Elementary School A
Samuel Bissell Elementary School B
Scioto Ridge Elementary School A
Summit Road Elementary B
William Mason High School B

Only 2 of 7 managed to score an A on Ohio's new report card system. In 34 years only 8,500 schools nationwide have received this award, making these 7 schools remarkable, yet ODE's report card says 70% of them don't deserve an A.