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3 Hawaii public schools named blue ribbon award winners

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 09:28 a.m. HST, Sep 15, 2011

Three Oahu schools have been named 2011 National Blue Ribbon award winners for meeting high academic standards or showing great progress in boosting test scores and closing the achievement gap.

The three schools — King Liholiho Elementary, Koko Head Elementary and Waialua Elementary — are among 300 public and private schools nationwide that earned the honor this year.

The U.S. Department of Education’s Blue Ribbon Schools program began in 1982 to highlight schools around the nation making big gains.

“I commend the students, faculty and staff at King Liholiho, Koko Head and Waialua elementary schools for their perseverance and dedication to excellence,” said U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye. “To the students, I am very proud of your hard work and your willingness to listen to the lesson from your teachers.”

“America’s longterm economic prosperity and civic engagement depends on our children receiving a world-class education,” said. U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. “National Blue Ribbon Schools are committed to accelerating student achievement and preparing students for success in college and careers. Their success is an example for others to follow.”

Since 1982, more than 6,500 schools have received the award. The schools will be honored at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. in November.


For a full list of winners, visit www2.ed.gov/programs/nclbbrs/2011.

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AlohaPaula wrote:
Yay Koko Head!
on September 15,2011 | 09:22AM
AlohaPaula wrote:
Yay Koko Head!
on September 15,2011 | 09:22AM
islandinthesun wrote:
Way to go Waialua!
on September 15,2011 | 12:09PM
islandmom wrote:
Liholiho is a very successful school with a wonderful principal and great teachers. Congratulations on doing a great job for the students! It's a recognition that is well-deserved.
on September 15,2011 | 01:50PM
Changalang wrote:
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on September 15,2011 | 03:37PM
tigerwarrior wrote:
Agreed Changalang. Koko Head Elementary which only has 269 students possesses the facilities to accommodate 4 times that amount and could very well serve that purpose. I would welcome the suggestion of school officials and administrators to accept additional geographic exceptions. Why not? It would be a win-win situation for the students as well as taxpayers.
on September 15,2011 | 10:19PM
Kauikalewa wrote:
Congratulations! What are the curriculum details of the core programs and intervention supports? What are the details of the asset managements for student interventions? What does the data management entail and who reads the progress monitoring reports and does the analysis of data to make decisions on asset management? When and how do teachers collaborate on data? The win is meaningless to changing outcomes for the rest of the schools without the data to describe how this was achieved.
on September 17,2011 | 04:44AM
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