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  1. Who is eligible to receive the President's Education Awards?
  2. Who can download and print the President's Education Awards Program (PEAP) materials and place an order for pins?
  3. What are the selection criteria for the President's Education Awards (Excellence and Achievement)?
  4. Where can I find PEAP Program materials to print?
  5. Why are certificates only available in digital download this year?
  6. Does the school principal simply download the certificate, print it, type the student's name, the school's name, and then sign it?
  7. Will the department ship certificates at a later date?
  8. How can I print certificates and other PEAP material?
  9. When printing the letters it comes out with a black marking or doesn’t allow a clear print, Please advise?
  10. Are the certificates editable?
  11. Do you have the certificates for download in other formats?
  12. Still have questions about the Awards Programs?

1. Who is eligible to receive the President's Education Awards?
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“Graduating” Elementary, middle, and high school students (including homeschool students) are eligible to be considered for one of the following President's Education Awards:

The President's Award for Educational Excellence - recognizes a student's academic success in the classroom.

The President's Award for Educational Achievement - recognizes students who show outstanding educational growth, improvement, commitment to or intellectual development in their academic subjects - but do not meet the criteria for the President's Award for Educational Excellence.

This Achievement award should not be compared to the President's Award for Educational Excellence or be seen as a second-tier award; it recognizes a very different type of academic achievement.  It is meant to encourage and reward students who work hard and give their best effort in school, often in the face of special obstacles to learning.

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2. Who can download and print the President's Education Awards Program (PEAP) materials and place an order for pins?

ONLY school principals, teachers, homeschool, and other school personnel may download and print PEAP certificates and order pins.

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3. What are the selection criteria for the President's Education Awards (Excellence and Achievement)?

Eligibility
Awards are given to students who are graduating from elementary, middle or high schools that meet the criteria below.

Selection Criteria
 *Please note the principal plays a leading role and has sole discretion in choosing recipients*

 President's Award for Educational EXCELLENCE (Gold Seal Certificate)

This award recognizes academic success in the classroom. To be eligible, students must meet requirements, including grade point average or, school-set criteria and choice of state tests or teacher recommendations. Students at each award level (elementary, middle, or high school) must meet the requirements in Category A and either 1 or 2 of Category C. If a school does not have letter grades, a student must meet the requirements in Category B and either 1 or 2 of Category C.

  1. Grade Point Average: Students are to earn a grade point average of 90 on a 100 point scale, (an A on a letter scale or a 3.5 on a 4.0 scale). When computing grade point averages at the respective award level, only the years at that level are to be included through the fall semester of the exiting grade. Note: Elementary schools are not to include K-3 in their computations.
  2. School Criteria/Standards: Standards for the award are to be established by each school that reflect a 90 percent level or higher on the traditional grading scale. This category enables school personnel to use new assessment and evaluation tools in developing award criteria at their school and apply the criteria fairly to all students. The primary indicators of excellence must be based on academic achievement. School personnel may also consider, as part of the criteria, activities in which a student demonstrates high motivation, initiative, integrity, intellectual depth, leadership qualities and/or exceptional judgment. They may also require student essays and outstanding attendance, but these activities must bear some relationship to the academic performance of a student.
  3. In addition to A or B, schools are to include one or more of the following criteria to determine their selected students:
  1. State Tests and Nationally-Normed Achievement Tests: High achievement in reading or math on state tests or nationally-normed tests. The school may consider college admissions examinations for seniors, for example the SAT or ACT.

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  1. Recommendations from a Teacher Plus One Other Staff Member: One recommendation is to reflect outstanding achievement such as English, mathematics, science, history, geography, art, foreign language, and any other courses that reflect a school's core curriculum. This judgment is to be supported by tangible evidence that is comprised of either results on teacher-made tests, portfolio assessment, or special projects. The second recommendation from a school staff member may address, for example: involvement in community service or co-curricular activities including tutoring other students and/or demonstration of creativity and achievement in the visual and performing arts.

Selection Criteria
*Please note the principal plays a leading role and has sole discretion in choosing recipients*

President's Award for Educational ACHIEVEMENT (Silver Seal Certificate)

This award recognizes students that show outstanding educational growth, improvement, commitment or intellectual development in their academic subjects but do not meet the criteria for the Educational Excellence Award. Its purpose is to encourage and reward students who give their best effort, often in the face of special obstacles. Criteria for this award is developed at each school.

This award is given at the principal's discretion based on the criteria developed at the school. The criteria should reflect the purpose of the award and must be applied fairly to all students.

The following are examples of criteria for which the President's Award for Educational Achievement may be presented:

  • Show tremendous growth but did not meet all the criteria for the President's Award for Educational Excellence.
  • Demonstrate unusual commitment to learning in academics despite various obstacles.
  • Maintain a school record that would have met the school's selection criteria for the President's Award for Educational Excellence, but illness, personal crisis, or special needs prevented the student from maintaining such high standards despite hard work.
  • Achieve high scores or show outstanding growth, improvement, commitment or intellectual development in particular subjects, such as English, math, science, etc.
  • Demonstrate achievement in the arts such as music or theater.
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4. Where can I find PEAP Program materials to print?

You may go to: https://www2.ed.gov/programs/presedaward/2022-materials.html and print the following program materials:
President’s Award for Academic Excellence
President’s Award for Academic Achievement
President Biden’s Letter
Secretary’s Congratulatory Letter

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5. Why are certificates only available in digital download this year?

Due to national supply chain issues, the U.S. Department of Education is unable to print certificates for the 2022 President’s Education Awards Program (PEAP). In lieu of hard copies, both Excellence and Achievement certificates, as well as congratulatory letters from the President and Secretary of Education, are available at https://www2.ed.gov/programs/presedaward/2022-materials.html.

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6. Does the school principal simply download the certificate, print it, type the student's name, the school's name, and then sign it?

Yes. This is a digital and printable certificate that allows for the school to print and enter the required information.

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7. Will the department ship certificates at a later date?

Unfortunately, due to national supply chain issues, the U.S. Department of Education is unable to print certificates for the 2022 President’s Education Awards Program (PEAP). We will likely move to digital in the future as well – we will no longer be able to ship certificates to schools.

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8. How can I print certificates and other PEAP material?

In lieu of hard copies, both Excellence and Achievement certificates, as well as congratulatory letters from the President and Secretary of Education, are only available for you to print from digital download. Please visit https://www2.ed.gov/programs/presedaward/2022-materials.html this will allow you the option to print all needed materials.

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9. When printing the letters it comes out with a black marking or doesn’t allow a clear print, Please advise?

You will need to try checking your Adobe version to ensure it is the most up to date version (that usually resolves the issue).

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10. Are the certificates editable?

They are not editable. In past years when schools received the hardcopy version they would either type the student’s name directly on the form, handwrite their own or create their own format on their end.

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11. Do you have the certificates for download in other formats?

Unfortunately, we do not have other versions/formats for the certificates, PDF download is the only version.

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12. Still have questions about the Awards Programs?

Please contact frances.hopkins@ed.gov

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