To be eligible for National Blue Ribbon School (NBRS) recognition, a public school must be identified and nominated by its state’s Chief State School Officer (CSSO). NBRS state liaisons connect state education agencies and the federal National Blue Ribbon Schools Program. The liaisons develop state nomination criteria, identify eligible schools in their states, support nominated schools through the application process, and promote National Blue Ribbon Schools and their effective practices statewide. Non-public schools submit applications to the Council for American Private Education (CAPE) for consideration.
This series, based on interviews conducted in 2017 with six state liaisons and two non-public school association representatives, covers topics such as how schools are chosen, the value of the application process, how the recognition benefits states and schools, how states use NBRS schools and practices as models of excellence, and how participation in NBRS has influenced the liaisons’ work.