The “No Child Left Behind-Blue Ribbon Schools Program” honors public and private K-12 schools that are either academically superior in their states or that demonstrate dramatic gains in student achievement. The program requires schools to meet either of two assessment criteria. It recognizes schools that have at least 40 percent of their students from disadvantaged backgrounds that dramatically improve student performance in accordance with state assessment systems: and it rewards schools that score in the top 10 percent on state assessments.
Among 287 schools were recognized nationwide by the U.S. Department of Education as the 2007 “No Child Left Behind – Blue Ribbon Schools,” only 5 schools in Wisconsin received this honor and Golda Meir School is the only school in Milwaukee to be recognized.
Since 2003, State Superintendent Elizabeth Burmaster has recognized schools across the state as New Wisconsin Promise Schools of Recognition. As required by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, schools being recognized must
· be Title I-eligible,
· be in the top quartile of the state for the percentage of students receiving free/reduced lunch,
· have above-average student academic performance on WKCE test scores in reading and mathematics when compared to similar schools, and
· have met adequate yearly progress indicators for two or more consecutive years.