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Katy ISD’s Diane Winborn Elementary is among 13 public schools in Texas to receive the “High Performing Schools” nomination for the 2012 National Blue Ribbon Schools recognition.  A total of 26 Texas public school nominees were announced by Texas Education Commissioner Robert Scott this week.  These schools serve as models of best practices for schools across the state.The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program honors public and private elementary, middle and high schools for academic excellence and for significant progress in closing the achievement gap in one of two categories:

  • High Performing – Schools whose students rank in the top 10 percent based on performance on their state standardized tests.  A total of 13 Texas public schools received this nomination.
  • Improving – Schools that dramatically improve student performance to high levels on state tests. A total of 13 Texas public schools received this nomination.

“Our campus belief is that all students should have every opportunity to reach their fullest potential and attain the highest level of accomplishment,” says Kelly Ricks, Diane Winborn Elementary principal.  “We are celebrating this nomination because it is a true testament to the hard work put in by every staff member and student each and every day.”

Diane Winborn Elementary is a TEA Exemplary school serving more than 700 students in grades Pre-K through fifth.  This is the campus’ first National Blue Ribbon Schools nomination.

Nominated schools were chosen through an objective evaluation of student achievement statistics and other data for the more than 8,000 public school and charter campuses in the state.  Each nominee will move on to complete an application process through the U.S. Department of Education with final winners announced in September 2012.

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