September 17, 2009
West Hardin Elementary School recognized as “Blue Ribbon School” says Gresham
(NASHVILLE, TN), September 17, 2009 – Senate Education Committee Chairman Dolores Gresham said today she is very pleased that West Hardin Elementary School, which is located in the district she represents, has been recognized as a “Blue Ribbon School.” West Hardin was one of only six recipients in Tennessee of the Blue Ribbon award given by the U.S. Department of Education to schools helping students achieve at a high level and for making significant progress in closing the achievement gap.
I congratulate Principal Kenny Harris, the teachers at West Hardin, and the students and parents for this recognition of excellence in academic achievement,” said Chairman Gresham. “This is a coveted award for schools and I am very proud of them.”
The schools are selected based on one of two criteria. The first is that at least 40 percent of their students must come from disadvantaged backgrounds with dramatic improvement in student performance to high levels on state tests. The other criteria is that students, regardless of background, achieve in the top 10 percent of their state on state tests or in the case of private schools, in the top 10 percent of the nation on nationally-normed tests.
“We appreciate the work done by all in achieving this recognition,” Gresham added. “I know we will continue to see great success from these students in the future.”