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As a reminder, our individual school web pages will continue to link back to School Fusion (hosted at this site) until the start of the new school year when all school-related pages will make the transition to our new web platform.
Thank you for your continued interest in and support of Aiken County Public Schools, and welcome to acpsd.net! †
National Blue Ribbon School
In November 2004, Aiken Elementary received word from the South Carolina State Department of Education that they had been nominated for the prestigious No Child Left Behind National Blue Ribbon School award. Upon meeting Adequate Yearly Progress for the 2004-2005 school year, Aiken Elementary School was named a 2005 National Blue Ribbon School by the United States Department of Education.
The No Child Left Behind Blue Ribbon Schools program recognizes schools that make significant progress in closing the achievement gap or whose students achieve at very high levels. The schools are selected based on one of three criteria:
- Schools with at least 40 percent of their students from disadvantaged backgrounds that dramatically improve student performance on state tests.
- Schools whose students, regardless of background, achieve in the top 10 percent of their state on state tests.
- Private schools that achieve in the top 10 percent in the nation.
Under No Child Left Behind, schools must make Adequate Yearly Progress, or AYP, in reading and language arts and mathematics. Each state—not the federal government—sets its own academic standards and benchmark goals, because each state knows best what goals and criteria are most appropriate for its school districts.
Aiken Elementary School received the coveted Blue Ribbon status by performing in the top 10 percent of schools on the Palmetto Achievement Challenge Test and by meeting AYP for the 2004-2005 school year.