6 Md. schools awarded blue ribbon status

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WASHINGTON — Weeks after announcing a new five-star rating system for Maryland’s schools, the State Department of Education awarded six schools Blue Ribbon status.

Gov. Larry Hogan joined State Superintendent Karen Salmon in making the announcement in Annapolis Tuesday.

“We’re proud to have some of the best schools in America, and today, we’re announcing the best of the best,” Hogan told school administrators and superintendents gathered for the announcement.

Glenarden Woods Elementary School in Prince George’s County was among those honored.

Glenarden Woods was cited for high performance on the PARCC exams and an accelerated program that focuses on science, technology and engineering.

Fifty-five percent of the students attending Glenarden Woods are identified as economically disadvantaged, but the PARCC scores show 82 percent scored at or above expectations on the English Language Arts exam.

The school building also is LEED certified, meaning the school meets national standards for energy-saving and environmental design.

Glenarden is one of the state’s five-star schools, under a new five-star rating announced by Maryland State Department of Education.

Frederick County’s Urbana High school was named a blue ribbon school, cited for its PARCC scores and International Baccalaureate and Advance Placement programs. It’s also been given a five-star rating under the state’s new accountability standards.

Clarksville Middle School in Howard County, Pinewood Elementary School in Baltimore County, Mt. Harmony Elementary School in Calvert County and Ocean City Elementary School in Worcester County were named state Blue Ribbon schools.

Each of the six schools that received awards scored in the top 15 percent of state schools on the PARCC exams.

The award by the state means now the schools can apply to the U.S. Department of Education for national Blue Ribbon status.

Under the state program, the six schools will get interactive technology equipment, a cash award of $1,000 for office supplies, and a dinner celebrating the awards will be held in March.

Kate Ryan

As a member of the award-winning WTOP News, Kate is focused on state and local government. Her focus has always been on how decisions made in a council chamber or state house affect your house. She's also covered breaking news, education and more.

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