WACO, Texas – Crawford Elementary is one of 26 Texas public schools nominated for the coveted 2015 Blue Ribbon School honor. The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program is a U.S. Department of Education program that has been recognizing exemplary high-performing public and private elementary, middle and high schools for more than 30 years.
School performance was evaluated based on state assessments or nationally normed tests. Each school has an economically disadvantaged population of 25 percent or greater—a criteria seeking to demonstrate all students can achieve to high levels.
“Crawford Elementary consistently meets and exceeds state and federal targets for closing achievement gaps between student groups because they have policies, procedures, a plan, and personnel all focused on meeting the academic needs of each child on the campus,” said Carie Downes, Director of Federal Programs at Education Service Center Region 12.
The national award winners will be announced in September, and schools receiving the award will be recognized in November at the Blue Ribbon School conference in Washington D.C. The U.S. Department of Education will honor 287 public and 50 private school at the conference. For the 2013-2014 award year, the U.S. Department of Education emphasized schools that showed improved graduation rates for all students.
Linda Stout, Crawford Elementary Principal, said Crawford has been ranked exemplary by the Texas Education Agency for 15 consecutive years. “Our TAKS and STAAR scores are extremely high and have been for 18 years,” she said.
Stout attributes the school’s success to excellent teachers, supportive parents and high expectations. “Our school climate is welcoming, nurturing and a safe place for all students to learn,” she said.
Crawford Elementary was previously nominated for the National Blue Ribbon honor in 2004.
“Crawford Elementary School is receiving this recognition a second time and is well deserving of such a distinction,” said Downes.