Bloomington, Indiana (September 27, 2013) – Laura G. Childs Elementary School of the Monroe County School Corporation has been recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Secretary of Education. Childs Elementary was one of 286 schools in the 2013 cohort awarded based on overall academic excellence or progress in improving student academic achievement. The award recognizes both public and private elementary, middle and high schools.

The program recognizes schools in one of two performance categories, “Exemplary High Performing,” in which schools are recognized among their state’s highest performing schools, and “Exemplary Improving,” in which schools that have at least 40 percent of their students from disadvantaged backgrounds demonstrate the most progress in improving student achievement levels. Both are measured by state assessments or nationally-normed tests.

About U.S. Department of Education Process

To select National Blue Ribbon Schools, the Department requested nominations from the top education official in every state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Department of Defense Education Activity, and the Bureau of Indian Education. The Council for American Private Education (CAPE) nominates private schools. A total of 420 schools nationwide may be nominated, with allocations determined by the numbers of K-12 students and schools in each jurisdiction. The Secretary of Education invites nominated schools to submit an application for possible recognition as a National Blue Ribbon School.

About BEDC

The Bloomington Economic Development Corporation (BEDC) is a not-for-profit, public-private partnership dedicated to the retention, development and attraction of quality jobs in Monroe County. The BEDC is led by a partnership of private industry leaders, the City of Bloomington, Monroe County, Indiana University and Ivy Tech Community College-Bloomington. For more information, visit