OSCEOLA – Osceola Elementary School was one of four Nebraska schools to receive a national honor for academic excellence.
The U.S. Department of Education announced their 2018 Blue Ribbon Schools on Monday, which is a recognition based on a school’s overall academic performance. 349 schools around the country received the recognition, and up to 420 schools are nominated each year.
Osceola Elementary Principal Brett Webster said that the school applied for the recognition in January, and it was a long wait for the staff to find out if they were one of the four Nebraska schools selected. The Osceola staff expressed great excitement about receiving the honor, and are proud to be recognized as one of the best academic institutions in the entire state.
The other three schools which received the honor were Hitchcock County Elementary School in Culbertson, Maude Rosseau Elementary School in Lincoln, and North Bend Central Elementary in North Bend.
All schools are honored in one of two performance categories, based on student scores, subgroup student scores, and graduation rates:
- Exemplary High Performing Schools are among the state’s highest performing schools as measured by state assessments or nationally normed tests.
- Exemplary Achievement Gap Closing Schools are among the state’s highest performing schools in closing achievement gaps between a school’s subgroups and students over the past five years.
The U.S. Department of Education will celebrate the 349 schools at an awards ceremony on November 7-8 in Washington, D.C.