Emerson Elementary Named 2021 National Blue Ribbon School
Emerson Elementary School is being recognized as a 2021 National Blue Ribbon School! The recognition is based on the school’s overall academic performance.
The coveted National Blue Ribbon Schools award affirms the hard work of educators, families, and communities in creating safe and welcoming schools where students master challenging and engaging content. Now in its 39th year, the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program has bestowed approximately 10,000 awards to more than 9,000 schools.
“This year’s cohort of honorees demonstrates what is possible when committed educators and school leaders create vibrant, welcoming, and affirming school cultures where rich teaching and learning can flourish,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona. “I commend all our Blue Ribbon honorees for working to keep students healthy and safe while meeting their academic, social, emotional, and mental health needs. In the face of unprecedented circumstances, you found creative ways to engage, care for, protect, and teach our children. Blue Ribbon Schools have so much to offer and can serve as a model for other schools and communities so that we can truly build back better.”
The U.S. Department of Education recognizes all schools in one of two performance categories, based on all student scores, subgroup student scores, and for high schools, 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.
Emerson joins two other Utah schools in winning this award. All three were recognized in the Exemplary High Performing School Category, meaning Emerson was in the top 15 percent of schools in the state for academic performance and in the top 40 percent in the state for each subgroup.