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Six Maryland schools named blue ribbon schools

Six schools were named Maryland blue ribbon schools, an honor awarded to the state’s highest performing schools or those that have made significant progress.

The schools were honored Tuesday by the Maryland State Board of Education. All of the six schools scored in the top 15 percent of schools on the state PARCC assessments.

Three schools in the Baltimore region were honored: West Towson Elementary School in Baltimore County, Fallston Middle School in Harford County and Waterloo Elementary School in Howard County.

Also named were Frederick County’s Urbana Elementary School, and Bannockburn and Luxmanor elementary schools in Montgomery County.

Bannockburn tied as the top performing elementary school this year on the PARCC assessments, with 89 percent of its students passing.

“Each one of these schools is laser-focused on student success, and the results speak for themselves,” said state superintendent Karen Salmon in a statement.

The schools will now be nominated for the national designation. A dinner honoring the schools will be held in March.

“Each of our Maryland Blue Ribbon Schools is focused on helping every student succeed, and I offer my sincerest congratulations to the teachers, administrators, and families who have worked so hard to make certain that their schools shine,” Gov. Larry Hogan said in a statement.

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