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Practices by Topic

The National Blue Ribbon School applications contain a wealth of information about effective school practices. Applications are carefully screened to identify discussions of practices of interest to a wider audience. New selections are added based on each year’s successful applications.

Selected excerpts from applications on key practices are gathered by practice topic:

What Drives National Blue Ribbon Schools to the Top?   The 2016 infographic illustrates the key statistics and captures four key drivers of National Blue Ribbon School success identified through the analysis of application responses. Nearly two thirds (65%) of the responses named either Student Supports (34%) or Instruction (31%), while 23% named school structure and 12% identified curriculum. The infographic provides snapshots of example practices and schools in each key driver.