The National Blue Ribbon School Award is an honor presented to schools based on academic success and improvement. as of 2013 Worcester Tech became one of these highly regarded schools.
“Excellence in education matters and we should honor the schools that are leading the way to prepare students for success in college and careers,” said Secretary Duncan. “National Blue Ribbon schools represent examples of educational excellence, and their work reflects the belief that every child in America deserves a world-class education.”
The National Blue Ribbon Schools award honors public and private elementary, middle, and high schools where students perform at very high levels or where significant improvements are being made in students’ levels of achievement.
The program recognizes schools in one of two performance categories. The first category is “Exemplary High Performing,” in which schools are recognized among their state’s highest performing schools, as measured by state assessments or nationally-normed tests. The second category is “Exemplary Improving,” in which schools that have at least 40 percent of their students from disadvantaged backgrounds demonstrate the most progress in improving student achievement levels as measured by state assessments or nationally-normed tests.
“Worcester Technical High School has undergone a powerful transformation in the past seven years. The total commitment of the faculty, staff, students, parents and community have resulted in a school with consistent and sustained high levels of achievement resulting in this national award” said Superintendent Melinda J. Boone. According to Worcester Mayor Joseph M. Petty “we had very high hopes for the new Worcester Technical High School when it was built. This recognition validates the accomplishments of the school and we are very proud.”
“This award recognizes all the hard work of our students, faculty and the successful collaboration with community, business and higher education to make this dream a reality,” said Sheila Harrity, Principal of Worcester Technical High School.