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Valley Mills Elementary Receives National Blue Ribbon School Award
WACO, Texas - Valley Mills Elementary is one of 325 schools in the United States to be recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School for 2021. The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program is a U.S. Department of Education program that has been recognizing exemplary high-performing public and private elementary, middle, and high schools for more than 39 years.  

The Education Department recognizes all schools 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 student groups and all students.

"We are so proud of Valley Mills Elementary for being nominated for National Blue Ribbon
School honor," said Ellen Hogan, Federal Programs Education Specialist at Education Service Center Region 12. "It is obvious that they have worked diligently to close achievement gaps between student groups and are focused on meeting the academic needs of each child on the campus."  

The coveted National Blue Ribbon Schools award affirms the hard work of educators, families and communities in creating safe and welcoming schools where students master challenging and engaging content. Now in its 39th year, the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program has bestowed approximately 10,000 awards to more than 9,000 schools.
View the full list of 2021 Award Winners