Central Magnet earns National Blue Ribbon School status
Murfreesboro Post. Staff. September 28, 2020.

Central Magnet School has been recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence for 2020.

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos recognized seven Tennessee schools for the honor, including Central Magnet, last week, the Tennessee Department of Education (TDOE) said.

U.S. News & World Report this year listed Central Magnet as the No. 2 high school in Tennessee and No. 13 in the nation.

The Blue Ribbon recognition is based on a school’s overall academic performance or progress in closing achievement gaps among student groups.

“Congratulations to the seven schools from across Tennessee for receiving this high honor and much-deserved recognition,” Penny Schwinn, Tennessee education commissioner, said in a statement.

Schools are selected to receive the prestigious National Blue Ribbon Schools award based off the hard work of their educators, families, and communities in creating safe school environments for students to receive a high-quality education, TDOE said.

Over 38 years, the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program has bestowed almost 10,000 awards to more than 9,000 schools, with some schools winning multiple awards.

The U.S. Department of Education recognizes all schools in one of two performance categories, based on all student scores, student group scores, and 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. 

The other Tennessee National Blue Ribbon Schools are:
  • Foothills Elementary School, Maryville City Schools
  • Hamilton County Collegiate High at Chattanooga State, Hamilton County Schools
  • Holy Rosary Academy, Diocese of Nashville
  • Julia Green Elementary School, Metro Nashville Public Schools
  • Lipscomb Elementary School, Williamson County Schools
  • West Side Elementary School, Elizabethton City Schools

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