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Jennie Reid among 342 National Blue Ribbon Schools recognized in nation’s capital

Principal Diane Weeden and former Reid principals Patricia Herrara-Johnson and Angela Garza-Viator were on hand to accept the coveted 2017 National Blue Ribbon School Award plaque from Aba Kumi, director of the U.S. Department of Education’s National Blue Ribbon Schools Program.

The two-day event also featured an appearance U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, who congratulated winners on the rare honor.

The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program honors public and private elementary, middle and high schools where students achieve very high learning standards or are making notable improvements in closing the achievement gap. This coveted award affirms the hard work of educators, families and communities in creating safe and welcoming schools where students master challenging and engaging content.

All schools are honored in one of two performance categories, based on all student scores, subgroup student 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 subgroups and all students over the past five years.

Jennie Reid Elementary was one of 26 Texas schools—from more than 8,300 campuses in the state—nominated for this prestigious honor by Texas Commissioner of Education Mike Morath in January 2017.

Featured photo: Jennie Reid Elementary School Principal Diane Weeden and former Reid principals Patricia Herrera-Johnson and Angela Garza-Viator accepting the 2017 National Blue Ribbon School Award plaque from Aba S. Kumi, director of the U.S. Department of Education’s National Blue Ribbon Schools Program.