JEFFERSON CITY - Two New Madrid County schools from two different school districts were among seven schools in Missouri named No Child Left Behind Blue Ribbon Schools of 2005.
U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings announced the Gideon Elementary School at Gideon and the Matthews Elementary School at Matthews will each receive an award certificate as part of the Blue Ribbon Schools program for the progress they have made under No Child Left Behind.
"The achievement gap is closing and that is great news for every student," Spellings said. "These Blue Ribbon Schools are an example of what teachers and students can achieve. For the first time, we are insisting on results and accountability in return for our federal investment in education. In the three plus years since No Child Left Behind was signed into law, we've learned a new equation: 'Accountability plus high expectations plus resources equals results.'"
The No Child Left Behind Blue Ribbon Schools program recognizes schools that make significant progress in closing the achievement gap or whose students achieve at very high levels. This year, 295 schools will be recognized as Blue Ribbon Schools.