3 West Virginia schools make list of National Blue Ribbon Schools

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Three West Virginia schools have been named as 2022 National Blue Ribbon Schools.

The following schools to receive the title include Culloden Elementary School in Cabell County, Evans Elementary School in Jackson County and C.W. Shipley Elementary School in Jefferson County.

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The three schools among the 297 schools across the U.S. announced Friday by U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona.

“I applaud all the honorees for the 2022 National Blue Ribbon Schools Award for creating vibrant, welcoming, and affirming school communities where students can learn, grow, reach their potential, and achieve their dreams,” Secretary Cardona said in a news release.

“As our country continues to recover from the pandemic, we know that our future will only be as strong as the education we provide to all of our children. Blue Ribbon Schools have gone above and beyond to keep students healthy and safe while meeting their academic, social, emotional, and mental health needs. These schools show what is possible to make an enduring, positive difference in students’ lives,” he said.

The distinction recognizes overall academic performance or progress toward closing achievement gaps among student subgroups.

Culloden Elementary, Evans Elementary and C.W. Shipley Elementary were all recognized as Exemplary High-Performing Schools, meaning those schools rank among the highest-performing schools in the state, measured by state assessments or nationally normed tests.

C.W. Shipley also earned National Blue Ribbon status in 2014 and Evans Elementary in 2015. This is the first Blue Ribbon recognition for Culloden Elementary.

State Superintendent of Schools David Roach also congratulated the schools in a Friday statement.

“West Virginia students are our greatest resource and by prioritizing student achievement, we prepare them for a productive and successful journey beyond their PK-12 experience,” Roach said. “These schools represent a passion for student development and success by fostering a love for learning. I am proud of these school communities for ranking among the highest-performing schools in our state.”

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