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Gov. Malloy and Commissioner Wentzell Celebrate Four Connecticut Schools that were Honored with Prestigious National Blue Ribbon Distinction

(HARTFORD, CT) - Governor Dannel P. Malloy and State Education Commissioner Dianna R. Wentzell today celebrated the teachers, students, and communities from four Connecticut schools in New Haven, Monroe, Storrs, and Wolcott that were named by the U.S. Department of Education (USED) as 2015 National Blue Ribbon Schools this afternoon.
The USED's Blue Ribbon School Program is an annual award bestowed on schools across the nation for high academic performance or greatest progress in achievement gap closure among subgroups.

"All students deserve access to a great education that prepares them for success in college and career.  These four schools are receiving that recognition for their efforts to engage students and set them on the path to a bright future," Governor Malloy said.  "We have worked tirelessly to improve outcomes for students and deliver support to schools that need it most.  We offer our congratulations to the teachers, parents and students from these schools on their success and this distinctive national recognition."

"We are thrilled to celebrate and honor four schools in our state that are transforming futures for students by a delivering top-quality education in the classroom," Commissioner Wentzell said.  "Successful schools are the result of strong collaboration among educators, parents and community partners.  Congratulations to the teams of people who have come together to deliver the promise of a great education to students in these schools and congratulations to the students on your hard work.  We are also grateful to Governor Malloy and the General Assembly for their commitment to building bright futures for Connecticut students."

Monroe's Masuk High School, Storrs' Dorothy C. Goodwin School, and Wolcott's Robert A. Wakelee Elementary School received honors in the Exemplary High Performing Schools category for high student achievement and graduation rates.
New Haven's Worthington Hooker School was recognized as an Exemplary Achievement Gap Closing School for its track record of gap closure and for high student graduation and performance across subgroups.

For more information about the program, please visit the USED website.

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