Opinion
Education Letter to the Editor

One State’s Continuation of ‘Blue Ribbon’ Schools Idea

May 12, 2008 1 min read
  • Save to favorites
  • Print

Read more letters to the editor

I read with interest the letter to the editor in your April 30, 2008, edition promoting the return of the pre-2002 National Blue Ribbon Schools Program.

The Arizona Educational Foundation continues supporting and administering the A+ School Recognition Program throughout the state. Until 2002, the A+ Program was associated with the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program, serving as Arizona’s liaison to the national program.

But in 2002, when the federal program began to recognize schools based on test scores alone, the foundation suspended its liaison role. Now, the Arizona A+ School Recognition Program lives on, adhering closely to the criteria established by the pre-2002 National Blue Ribbon Schools program.

Since 2002, 89 schools throughout the state have earned the A+ designation. Included on the list are rural, urban, suburban, Native American, high-socioeconomic, low-socioeconomic, high English-language-learner population, Title I, alternative, and charter schools. To earn this award, schools submit a detailed application that is evaluated by a team of trained judges. Selected schools receive site visits and undergo further scrutiny.

Schools that earn the A+ award have a caring culture, programs to meet students’ academic and nonacademic needs, a strong and effective curriculum, active teaching and learning in the classroom, effective professional development, strong leadership, and successful community and family involvement. To be considered, schools must have achieved the label (based on state assessment data) of “performing” or better by the Arizona Department of Education.

We support the notion that such a program at the national level should be reinstituted to identify and recognize excellence in public schools on a larger scale.

Bobbie O’Boyle

Executive Director

Arizona Educational Foundation

Phoenix, Ariz.

Read more letters to the editor

Events

This content is provided by our sponsor. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of Education Week's editorial staff.
Sponsor
Classroom Technology Webinar
Academic Integrity in the Age of Artificial Intelligence
As AI writing tools rapidly evolve, learn how to set standards and expectations for your students on their use.
Content provided by Turnitin
Recruitment & Retention Live Online Discussion A Seat at the Table: Chronic Teacher Shortage: Where Do We Go From Here?  
Join Peter DeWitt, Michael Fullan, and guests for expert insights into finding solutions for the teacher shortage.
This content is provided by our sponsor. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of Education Week's editorial staff.
Sponsor
Reading & Literacy Webinar
The Science of Reading: Tools to Build Reading Proficiency
The Science of Reading has taken education by storm. Learn how Dr. Miranda Blount transformed literacy instruction in her state.
Content provided by hand2mind

EdWeek Top School Jobs

Teacher Jobs
Search over ten thousand teaching jobs nationwide — elementary, middle, high school and more.
View Jobs
Principal Jobs
Find hundreds of jobs for principals, assistant principals, and other school leadership roles.
View Jobs
Administrator Jobs
Over a thousand district-level jobs: superintendents, directors, more.
View Jobs
Support Staff Jobs
Search thousands of jobs, from paraprofessionals to counselors and more.
View Jobs

Read Next

Education Letter to the Editor EdWeek's Most-Read Letters of 2022
Here are this year’s top five Letters to the Editor.
1 min read
Education Week opinion letters submissions
Gwen Keraval for Education Week
Education In Their Own Words Withstanding Trauma, Leading With Honesty, and More: The Education Stories That Stuck With Us
Our journalists highlight why stories on the impact of trauma on schooling and the fallout of the political discourse on race matter to the field.
4 min read
Kladys Castellón prays during a vigil for the victims of a mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, on Tuesday, May 24, 2022.
Kladys Castellón prays during a vigil for the victims of a mass shooting at Robb Elementary School.
Billy Calzada/The San Antonio Express-News via AP
Education In Their Own Words Masking, Miscarriages, and Mental Health: The Education Stories That Stuck With Us
Our reporters share the stories they wrote that rose above the fray—and why.
5 min read
Crystal Curtis and her son, Jordan Curtis, outside their home in Plano, Texas. Crystal, a healthcare professional whose son attends school in Plano talks about the challenges of ensuring quality schooling, her discomfort with the state and district’s rollback of mandatory masking, and the complications of raising a Black child in a suburban district as policies shift.
Crystal Curtis and her son, Jordan Curtis, outside their home in Plano, Texas. Crystal, a healthcare professional whose son attends school in Plano talks about the challenges of ensuring quality schooling, her discomfort with the state and district’s rollback of mandatory masking, and the complications of raising a Black child in a suburban district as policies shift.
Allison V. Smith for Education Week
Education Opinion The Top 10 Rick Hess Straight Up Columns of 2022
NAEP, pre-K, who decides what gets taught. Those are among the most popular or impactful posts of the year.
2 min read
Image shows a multi-tailed arrow hitting the bullseye of a target.
DigitalVision Vectors/Getty