|For Immediate Release|
|Wednesday, February 1, 2017|
|Contact:||Jacqueline Reis 781-338-3115|
Baker-Polito Administration Honors 51 Schools
Schools recognized for high achievement, strong progress or narrowing gaps
MALDEN - The Baker-Polito Administration today held a ceremony at the State House to recognize 51 schools for high achievement, narrowing achievement gaps between groups of students or making strong progress. The schools were recognized as 2016 National Blue Ribbon Schools, state-designated Commendation Schools or National Title I Distinguished Schools.
"I'm proud that our Massachusetts K—12 education system is one of the best in the country, and I thank the educators and communities across the Commonwealth who are leading the way and providing high-quality educational opportunities for their students every day," said Governor Charlie Baker. "It's an honor to recognize these schools, their students and their families for all of their success and hard work toward closing achievement gaps in Massachusetts."
"It is a pleasure to recognize these high-performing schools from all corners of the Commonwealth," said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito. "Their communities should take great pride in their shared accomplishments, and we look forward to each school continuing to build upon their hard work in the future."
"Today's ceremony is another chance to celebrate Massachusetts' strong public school system and to acknowledge that excellence can be found in a variety of types of schools and settings," said Education Secretary James Peyser. "I am grateful to all the educators, students and community members who made these schools strong."
"The schools we are recognizing today are doing tremendous work for their students," said Elementary and Secondary Education Commissioner Mitchell Chester. "It is a pleasure to honor these 51 schools and the educators, students and communities who support them."
The schools are being recognized in one of the following categories:
2016 National Blue Ribbon Schools (three schools): Each year, the U.S. Department of Education asks the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to nominate a small number of schools for consideration as National Blue Ribbon Schools. The program recognizes schools whose students achieve at very high levels or schools that make significant progress in closing the achievement gap. More information is available at U.S. Department of Education. The school names were released in late September.
Commendation Schools (46 schools): Each year, a subset of Level 1 schools is recognized as Commendation Schools for their academic accomplishments. A school can be commended for demonstrating very high achievement, showing strong progress overall, and/or for making strong progress toward narrowing proficiency gaps. The schools were initially announced in September.
National Title I Distinguished Schools (two schools): Each year, the National Title I Association asks states to nominate two schools where students perform at very high levels, where the school has made significant progress in closing the achievement gap or where the school has demonstrated excellence in serving special populations of students. More information regarding the Title I Distinguished School program is available at www.titlei.org/ds.
The recipients are as follows:
2016 National Blue Ribbon Schools:
- Daniel Butler Elementary School (Belmont Public Schools)
- Morris Elementary School (Lenox Public Schools)
- Merrymount Elementary School (Quincy Public Schools)
2016 National Title I Distinguished Schools:
- Pawtucketville Memorial School (Lowell Public Schools)
- Benjamin Banneker Charter Public School
2016 Massachusetts Commendation Schools:
|Acton-Boxborough||Raymond J. Grey Junior High|
|Barnstable||Hyannis West Elementary|
|Belmont||Mary Lee Burbank|
|Benjamin Banneker Charter Public (in Cambridge)|
|Manassah E. Bradley|
|Patrick J. Kennedy|
|Brooke Charter School East Boston|
|Canton||Lt. Peter M. Hansen|
|Chelsea||Edgar A. Hooks Elementary|
|Foxborough||Mabelle M. Burrell|
|Gateway||Littleville Elementary School|
|Lawrence||Health & Human Services High School|
|Manchester Essex Regional||Manchester Essex Regional High School|
|Marblehead||Malcolm L. Bell|
|Masconomet||Masconomet Regional Middle School|
|Melrose||Herbert Clark Hoover|
|High Rock School|
|North Reading||L. D. Batchelder|
|Somerville||Benjamin G. Brown|
|STEM Middle Academy|
|Walpole||Old Post Road|
|Wellesley||Joseph E. Fiske|
|Westborough||J. Harding Armstrong|
|Worcester||Chandler Elementary Community|