3 WV elementaries named 2017 National Blue Ribbon Schools

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3 WV elementaries named 2017 National Blue Ribbon Schools

Three West Virginia elementary schools are among the 342 National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2017, the U.S. Education Department announced Thursday.

Brooke County's Colliers Primary, Hampshire County's Slanesville Elementary and Taylor County's Flemington Elementary each won the award in the Exemplary High Performing Schools category.

Blue Ribbon Schools fall into one of two categories based on all student scores, student subgroup scores and graduation rates, according to the federal education department.

Exemplary High Performing Schools “are among their state's highest performing schools as measured by state assessments or nationally normed tests,” and 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.”

The federal department will hold an awards ceremony Nov. 6-7 in Washington, D.C.

“This honor reflects the hard work, rigorous standards, and strong commitment of the educators, students and parents at these schools and in these communities,” state Schools Superintendent Steve Paine said in a news release.

The federal department says up to 420 schools may be nominated each year. The “top education official” in each state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, the Bureau of Indian Education and the Department of Defense Education Activity can nominate schools. The Council for American Private Education nominates private schools.