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Mequon — Oriole Lane Elementary has been nominated for a 2017 National Blue Ribbon School award.

Part of the Mequon-Thiensville School District, Oriole Lane Elementary, 12850 N. Oriole Lane, is one of eight public elementary schools across the state that have been nominated by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction and State Superintendent Tony Evers.

According to a news release from the school district, the recognition is based on Oriole Lane Elementary’s overall academic excellence in addition to “progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups.”

Oriole Lane Principal Mary Jo Tye called the school staff's focus on identifying student needs through data "impressive." She said she is “honored to be a part of such an outstanding team.”

"I am so very proud of everyone's efforts to do what is best for all students every day,” Tye said.

The Wisconsin Department of Instruction rates achievement for public school districts through an accountability index score, which ranges from zero to 100. Oriole Lane Elementary received a 95.7, the second highest overall score for a 4K-5 school, according to the release.

The school also was given a 99.6 for its success in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups.

“The Blue Ribbon Schools program recognizes the hard work of students, educators, families, and communities in striving for solid student academic achievement,” Evers said in a news release from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. “Our public school nominees provide a safe and supportive learning environment where young people can build a foundation for future academic and life success. I wish our nominees well in the next phase of the Blue Ribbon School process.”

Nominated schools will undergo a national review process after completing an application. According to the school district release, schools are typically informed in September of their designation as a National Blue Ribbon School.

According to the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction release, the Blue Ribbon program has recognized more than 8,500 schools since 1982. To learn more about the program, visit dpi.wi.gov/accountability/blue-ribbon.

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