Townsend Elementary nominated for 2010 National Blue Ribbon Award

Townsend Elementary and five other Tennessee schools will be considered for the 2010 Blue Ribbon Schools award, a national honor recognizing academic excellence.

Schools nominated this year have at least 40 percent of students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds and either performed in the top 10 percent in the state, or made exceptional progress in academic achievement on state assessments.

These schools are invited by the U.S. Secretary of Education to complete the award application and will be reviewed by a federal assessment panel to determine national winners.

“These schools serve as a model for other schools across our state and the nation,” Education Commissioner Timothy Webb said. “Their performance is to be commended.”

The 2010 Blue Ribbon School nominees include the following:

Schools in the top 10 percent of the state with at least 40 percent disadvantaged students: Bethpage Elementary in Sumner County and Cowan Elementary in Franklin County. Schools that are dramatically improving in the top 40 percent of the schools in the state with at least 40 percent disadvantaged students include: Townsend Elementary, Big Sandy School in Benton County, Douglass School in the Memphis City Schools District, Grundy County High School in Grundy County.

“The nomination of these schools recognizes the hard work of staff and students throughout the year,” said Dr. Julie McCargar, executive director of Federal Programs. “Students are making great gains and benefitting from a quality education.”

Winners, to be announced in the fall, will be honored at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. and receive a plaque and flag signifying their accomplishments.

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