The U.S. Department of Education has named a half-dozen schools in Kansas as National Blue Ribbon Schools for their efforts to improve student achievement.
One elementary school — Marshall Elementary in Eureka — is among the 2012 honorees. The others are Basehor-Linwood High School; Blue Valley High School in Stilwell; Garden City High School; Goddard High School; and St. Thomas Aquinas High School, a private, Roman Catholic school in Overland Park.
Blue Ribbon schools are honored as high-performing schools based on state assessment scores, or as exemplary improving schools that have shown progress in helping disadvantaged students improve on state tests.
Marshall Elementary and Garden City High School were chosen as exemplary improvers. The other four were noted for high performance.