Malta Avenue Earns National Blue Ribbon Award
The Malta Avenue Elementary School is among nineteen schools in New York State and 325 schools in the country to receive the coveted designation as a Blue Ribbon School from the US Department of Education. Malta Avenue’s designation as an "Exemplary high-performing school" is based on the school’s overall academic performance results on NY State assessments.
The U.S. Department of Education recognizes schools in one of two performance categories, based on all student scores, subgroup student scores and graduation rates. "Exemplary high-performing schools" are among their state’s highest performing schools as measured by state assessments or nationally normed tests. "Exemplary achievement gap-closing schools" are among their state’s highest performing schools in closing achievement gaps between a school’s student groups and all students.
Superintendent of Schools Ken Slentz recently announced the award and expressed congratulations to the Malta Avenue Elementary School community for earning this prestigious honor. He indicated that “This is a truly remarkable accomplishment that very few schools in NYS get to experience. Our thanks to the students, faculty and staff, parents, and the Malta Ave school community for all of the support that you have given and continue to give our community school.”
The Blue Ribbon application was based on 2018-19 NYS assessment data which was the result of then Principal Sharon D’Agostino and the Malta team implementing a variety of strategies to increase student performance. Current Principal Sarah Johnson completed the application process last year after the school was selected as a finalist by the NY State Education Department.
Assemblywoman Mary Beth Walsh, 112th Assembly District, recently presented the school with a proclamation from the NYS Assembly congratulating the school for achieving this prestigious designation. Specifically stating, “The students of Malta Avenue Elementary School strive to be their best thanks to the dedicated team of teachers, faculty and staff who lead and encourage them in and out of the classroom.”
In the photo on left (l-r): Ballston Spa Superintendent Ken Slentz, Assemblywoman Mary Beth Walsh, Director of Student Support Services (and former Malta Avenue Principal) Sharon D’Agostino and current Principal Sarah Johnson.