Idaho shut out in feds’ ‘blue ribbon’ schools competition

For the second consecutive year, Idaho has come up empty in the U.S. Department of Education’s “blue ribbon” schools competition.

The federal awards honor schools with high student achievement, or schools that have made major improvements in bridging achievement gaps. On Wednesday, 329 elementary, middle and high schools received the award.

Idaho was one of nine states that were shut out, joining Mississippi, Montana, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Oregon, Vermont, Washington and West Virginia.

The last Idaho school to receive a blue ribbon was Prairie Elementary School in Cottonwood, a 2014 recipient. Since its inception in 1982, 22 Idaho schools have received the award.