NEW ALBANY —
It was a blue ribbon day for Fairmont Elementary School on Thursday. The school was honored with a 2013 National Blue Ribbon School award from the U.S. Department of Education.
On Thursday, New Albany High School cheerleaders congratulated Fairmont students and teachers as they left the gymnasium following a special assembly. New Albany-Floyd County Consolidated School Corporation Superintendent Bruce Hibbard and Principal Susie Gahan spoke at the event, and Mayor Jeff Gahan presented the school with a City of New Albany Proclamation to honor their achievement.
The award recognizes schools with large populations of at-risk students who are either achieving high scores or seeing big improvement in test scores.
The scores of the students have been on the rise for the last several years. In 2009, just more than 49 percent of the students passed the English/language arts portion of ISTEP+. By 2011, those scores soared to about 89 percent passing.
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