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2018 National Blue Ribbon Schools Program Timeline and Process:

Date Due
September, 2017 The Secretary of Education sends a letter of invitation to the CSSOs and CAPE requesting nominations of eligible schools. Revised guidance will be attached.
September, 2017 Conduct webinar/TA conference calls to review revised guidance with liaisons.
November 30, 2017 Nomination processes and data for public schools being considered for nomination from CSSOs and interested non-public schools from CAPE are due to the Department.
December 12, 2017 Nomination processes and data for public schools being considered for nomination are reviewed by ED and a NBRS Assessment Panel for alignment with the general eligibility criteria of the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program.
December 19, 2017 Non-public school applications are due to CAPE.
January 15, 2018 Approved public school nominations are entered by states into online portal.
January 22, 2018 The Department invites public schools nominated by CSSOs to apply for recognition as National Blue Ribbon Schools.
January 29, 2018 CAPE selects non-public school nominations.
March 30, 2018 Completed public and non-public school applications are due to the Department.
April-June, 2018 Applications are reviewed for completeness, quality and accuracy.
August, 2018 States certify that nominated public schools have met all eligibility requirements.
September, 2018 The Secretary of Education announces the 2018 National Blue Ribbon Schools (public and non-public).
November, 2018 Two representatives from each school, the principal and a teacher, attend the recognition ceremony in Washington, DC.

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Last Modified: 11/21/2017