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National Blue Ribbon School Status Given to 2 Michigan Public Schools

LANSING – Two Michigan public schools have been named National Blue Ribbon Schools by the U.S. Department of Education, the Michigan Department of Education.

Michigan’s 2 schools are among other schools nationwide receiving recognition for the year. A National Blue Ribbon School designation is based on a school’s overall academic performance or progress in closing achievement gaps among specific student groups on assessments. 

The Michigan schools named as National Blue Ribbon Schools are:

  • Byron Center – Brown Elementary, Byron Center Public Schools. 
  • Byron Center – Marshall Elementary, Byron Center Public Schools. 

The U. S. Department of Education recognizes National Blue Ribbon Schools in one of two performance categories, based on all student scores, specific student group scores, and graduation rates:

  • Exemplary High-Performing Schools are among their state’s highest performing schools as measured by state assessments or nationally normed tests.
  • Exemplary Achievement Gap-Closing Schools are among their state’s highest performing schools in closing achievement gaps between a school’s student groups and all students. Nominated schools also complete an extensive narrative application describing their school culture and philosophy, curriculum, assessments, instructional practices, professional development, leadership structures, and parent and community involvement.

Photographs and brief descriptions of the 2022 National Blue Ribbon Schools are available at