January 21, 2015
Ms. Betty Jenkins
1712 East 11Th St
Austin, TX 78702-2796
Dear Principal Jenkins:
Congratulations! Blackshear Elementary has been nominated by Texas to join the esteemed community of National Blue Ribbon Schools.
National Blue Ribbon Schools are public and non-public elementary, middle, and high schools that are producing outstanding results for all students. They have demonstrated consistent excellence, and made progress in closing gaps in student achievement. The National Blue Ribbon Schools recognition program is part of a larger U. S. Department of Education effort to identify and disseminate knowledge about effective school leadership and promising instructional practices.
Your school was nominated as an Exemplary High Performing Schools. For more information about award criteria and eligibility, please visit the U.S. Department of Education Eligibility and Criteria website.
Since its inception in 1982, the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program has recognized more than 7,000 Great American Schools. Each year, representatives of newly recognized schools gather for a ceremony in Washington, DC where their achievement is officially honored by the U.S. Department of Education. This prestigious award galvanizes school communities and generates inspiring school success stories for the media. It also draws professional and public interest and offers recipients new opportunities to share their hard-won knowledge in districts, states and beyond.