DOD Schools Take National Honors

Department of Defense Education Activity News Release

ALEXANDRIA, Va., Sept. 24, 2013 – Three Department of Defense Education Activity schools were recognized by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan as 2013 National Blue Ribbon Schools.

Seoul Middle School in Korea, Lakenheath Middle School in England, and Kingsolver Elementary School at Fort Campbell, Ky., all received the honor. The Blue Ribbon Schools Program annually recognizes approximately 300 public and private elementary, middle and high schools where students are performing at very high levels or where significant improvements are being made in student achievement levels.

Schools are recognized in one of two categories: “Exemplary High Performing,” which are those among their state’s highest performing schools as measured by state assessments or nationally-normed tests; or “Exemplary Improving,” which are those schools that have at least 40 percent of their students from disadvantaged backgrounds who demonstrate the most progress in improving student achievement levels as measured by state assessments or nationally-normed tests. All three DoDEA schools will be recognized as “Exemplary High Performing” schools.

Adrian B. Talley, DoDEA’s principal deputy director and associate director for education, praised the commitment and hard work of all members of the school communities named as DoDEA’s 2013 National Blue Ribbon Schools.

“We are extremely honored to have three of our schools recognized as National Blue Ribbon Schools,” Talley said. “The teachers, students, administrators, school staff members, parents and military communities that support Seoul and Lakenheath Middle and Kingsolver Elementary Schools set the example for dedication to rigor, relevance, and student-centered learning and set the bar for excellence in education.”

To select National Blue Ribbon Schools, the Department of Education requests nominations from the top education official in every state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, DoDEA, and the Bureau of Indian Education. The Council for American Private Education nominates private schools. The Secretary of Education invites nominated schools to submit an application for possible recognition as a National Blue Ribbon School.

DoDEA plans, directs, coordinates, and manages pre-kindergarten through 12th grade education programs for Department of Defense family members that would otherwise not have access to a high-quality public education. DoDEA schools are located in Europe, the Pacific, the United States, Guam, Cuba, and Puerto Rico. DoDEA also provides support and resources to local education activities throughout the U.S. that serve children of military families.