across the nation show improvement under No Child Left
which helps insure all children are
R-1 Elementary School in Kit Carson, Colo., has been
a No Child
Behind Blue Ribbon School
of 2004, U.S. Secretary of Education Rod Paige announced.
years, any of our underprivileged children were ignored
moved to the back of the
room and quietly pushed through the system, with their
scores hidden in averages," Secretary Paige said. "They
were cast out into life without the skills to succeed.
This created a chronic achievement gap that mocked
the promise of public education. So we must change
our approach, incentives and expectations. We must
foster a climate of academic excellence, enabling all
students to reach the highest levels of scholarships.
Child Left Behind is starting to generate some amazing
landscape. Today, I am pleased to announce that you
have been named a No Child Left Behind Blue Ribbon
School, and I congratulate you for your achievements."
The No Child
Left Behind Blue Ribbon Schools program recognizes
significant progress in
closing the achievement gap or whose students achieve
at very high levels. More than 250 of the nation's
schools have been named No Child Left Behind Blue Ribbon
are selected based on one of three criteria: