Landing Elementary Named a Blue Ribbon School

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U.S. Secretary of Education Names Glen Cove School for Prestigious Honor

Landing Elementary School in Glen Cove is one of only two schools on Long Island to be selected by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan as a 2010 National Blue Ribbon School. Overall, 19 schools from New York State were selected, including Greenport Elementary School, from 304 schools, nationwide. Secretary Duncan was joined by Washington, D.C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty, D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee and George Washington University Provost Steven Lerman for the announcement at School Without Walls Senior High School, a 2010 Blue Ribbon School in Washington, D.C.

The schools – 254 public and 50 private – were honored at an awards ceremony to be held November 15-16 in Washington, D.C. US. Department of Education's Blue Ribbon School Project Manager Aba Kumi is pictured here presenting Landing Elementary School Principal Dr. Michael Israel (left) and Landing fifth-grade teacher David Smith with the National Blue Ribbon Award at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington D.C. Over the past 28 years, more than 6,000 of America’s schools have received this coveted award.

“Our nation has a responsibility to help all children realize their full potential,” Secretary Duncan said. “Schools honored with the Blue Ribbon Schools award are committed to achievement and to ensuring that students learn and succeed. Their work reflects the conviction that every child has promise and must receive a quality education.”

The award honors public and private elementary, middle and high schools whose students achieve at very high levels or have made significant progress. Often these schools have helped close gaps in achievement, especially among disadvantaged and minority students. Each year since 1982, the U.S. Department of Education has sought out schools where students attain and maintain high academic goals, including those that beat the odds.

"We put a lot of effort into what we're doing because it means a lot to us," said Landing Elementary School Principal Michael Israel, adding that the students are learning in a diverse environment where achievement expectations are set high. “This award is a testament to the commitment that the Board of Education, administration and staff have made to improving student achievement and to the hard work of our students.”

The Blue Ribbon Schools Program honors public and private schools based on one of two criteria:

1) Schools whose students, regardless of backgrounds, are high performing.  These schools are ranked among the state’s highest performing schools as measured by student performance on state assessments or in the case of private schools, that score at the highest performance level on tests referenced by national norms in at least the most recent year tested; and
2) Schools with at least 40 percent of their students from disadvantaged backgrounds that improve student performance to high levels as measured by the school’s performance on state assessments or nationally-normed tests.
A total of 413 schools nationwide can be nominated, based on the number of K-12 students and the number of schools in each state, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. The chief state school officer nominates public schools, and the Council for American Private Education (CAPE) submits private schools’ nominations. The schools are invited by the secretary of education to submit an application for possible recognition as a Blue Ribbon School.