Two Compton elementary schools were named Tuesday as winners of National Blue Ribbon Schools awards by Education Secretary Arne Duncan.
Jefferson and Tibby elementary schools, part of the Compton Unified School District, were recognized as Exemplary Achievement Gap Closing Schools, one of two performance categories for which the awards are given. The award indicates that both are among California's highest performing schools in closing achievement gaps between student subgroups and all students over the past five years, according to a statement from the Department of Education.
The other category recognizes the highest overall performing schools in the state based on state assessments or nationally normed tests.
The principals of the two Compton schools planned a noon news conference to talk about the award.
The National Blue Ribbon awards were started in 1982 by the U.S. Department of Education to recognize academic excellence or progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups.
A total of 337 schools nationwide received the awards on Tuesday, and a handful of them are in Southern California.
The other regional winners of the award included Andrews School in Whittier, Del Sur Elementary in San Diego, Lanai Road Elementary in Encino, Los Molinos Elementary in Hacienda Heights, Huntington Seacliff Elementary in Huntington Beach, William Newland Elementary in Huntington Beach and Gretchen Whitney High in Cerritos.
You can view an interactive map of the winning schools on the department's website.