As schools are judged on student performance on standardized tests, some are recognized for their high standards of education when the pupils score above average on the exams. One of the more popular standardized tests that is administered by Catholic schools is the Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS).
The Epiphany School in Normal, Illinois, has been nominated for a 2011 National Blue Ribbon school recognition because of its high scores on the ITBS, according to Pantagraph.com.
"For the first time in our school’s history, each one of our classes, grades three through eight, have exceeded the national standards for Blue Ribbon recognition for the Iowa Test of Basic Skills. This is a major accomplishment for our students and staff," Epiphany principal Richard Morehouse told the news provider.
The news provider reports that the 2011 nominations for the public schools have not been made yet.
The Blue Ribbon Schools program was created in 1982, and recognizes academic institutions that attain high academic goals or beat the odds of their surroundings or background.