Posted by: Sheree R. Curry | June 10, 2009

Rush Creek Elem Is Blue Ribbon Winner

Rush Creek Elementary Nationally Recognized For Academic Excellence

Rush Creek is one of only 8 Minnesota schools to receive this distinction. Across the country, 287 schools received the award.

PRESTIGIOUS AWARD: Rush Creek, with test scores in the Top 10% for the state, is only 2 blocks from this home.

2006 — Rush Creek Elementary in Maple Grove is the recipient of the U.S. Department of Education’s highest honor, the No Child Left Behind Blue Ribbon Award.

One of 8 Winners
Rush Creek, a school of 888 students, is one of eight Minnesota schools to receive this distinction. Across the country, 287 schools received the award.

Top 10% for Test Scores: For the past four years, test results from the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment (MCAs) show that students at Rush Creek maintained consistently high achievement levels. Rush Creek was chosen because its students’ test scores were in the top 10% in the State.
ISD 279 – Osseo Area Schools is the fifth largest school district in the State. ISD 279 has an enrollment of 22,000 students and serves all or parts of Brooklyn Center, Brooklyn Park, Corcoran, Dayton, Hassan, Maple Grove, Osseo, and Plymouth.

Raising the Bar
Schools that earn this prestigious award are schools that challenge students to perform at high academic levels and make significant progress toward closing the achievement gap between highest and lowest performing students.

“These schools are proving that when we raise the bar our children will rise to the challenge,” said U.S. Secretary of Education, Margaret Spellings. “It takes a lot of hard work by teachers, students and parents to become a Blue Ribbon school, and it’s a privilege to celebrate their great efforts.

Nominated by the State
The process of becoming a Blue Ribbon school began with a nomination by the Minnesota Department of Education. “We were so honored to be nominated by the State,” said Don Johnson, Principal of Rush Creek Elementary. “Then to learn that we were one of the schools to receive the Blue Ribbon award was tremendously affirming of all our work.”

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