Nine New Jersey schools just received a huge national honor. Nine schools across the Garden State have been named National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2022, U.S. Secretary for Education Miguel Cardona announced Friday (Sept. 16).
These New Jersey schools were selected amongst 297 in the U.S. receiving what is considered one of the top education honors given by the federal government. The Department of Education recognizes all schools in one of two performance categories, based on all student scores, subgroup student scores, and graduation rates:
– Exemplary High-Performing Schools are among their state’s highest performing schools as measured by state assessments or nationally normed tests.
– Exemplary Achievement Gap-Closing Schools are among their state’s highest performing schools in closing achievement gaps between a school’s student groups and all students.
“I applaud all the honorees for the 2022 National Blue Ribbon Schools Award for creating vibrant, welcoming, and affirming school communities where students can learn, grow, reach their potential, and achieve their dreams,” Cardona said in a statement from his office.
Cardona noted the efforts of schools amid the COVID-19 pandemic. “As our country continues to recover from the pandemic, we know that our future will only be as strong as the education we provide to all of our children. Blue Ribbon Schools have gone above and beyond to keep students healthy and safe while meeting their academic, social, emotional, and mental health needs,” Cardona said.
“These schools show what is possible to make an enduring, positive difference in students’ lives,” he added.
“We are always glad to celebrate the success of our New Jersey schools and acknowledge their commitment to teaching and learning. New Jersey is one of the top states for education because our schools focus on improving the outcomes for all students,” said Dr. Angelica Allen-McMillan, Acting Commissioner of Education. “I applaud the nine newest Blue Ribbon Schools for their focus on students’ well-being and achievement.”
Take a look at the list of schools below: