Zero Schools in MCPS Named Blue Ribbon Winners

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Iris Valentin, Features Managing Editor

Six Maryland schools were named as 2018-19 Blue Ribbon schools Dec. 18 for their high performance in math and reading proficiency but no Montgomery County Public Schools received the prestigious recognition adding to a recent trend of MCPS schools missing the mark.

For seven years between 2002-16 no MCPS school was awarded Blue Ribbon recognition.  Two MCPS schools were awarded the National Blue Ribbon Schools award for the 2017-18 school year.

The National Blue Ribbon Schools award recognizes the hard work of students, educators and families when determining which schools will be recognized.

“We have a large number of schools that have been recipients [in the past], but we’ll continue to work to have some of the best schools in the state and, hopefully, the country,” Montgomery County spokesperson Derek Turner said in a Dec. 18 Bethesda Magazine article.

Forty-one of the county’s 206 schools have received the award since the program began in 1982.