EDINBURG – For the second year in a row, two Edinburg Consolidated Independent School District campuses have been nominated for national Blue Ribbon School recognition.

The Texas Education Agency announced Thursday the nomination of 26 Texas public schools for national 2017 Blue Ribbon Schools recognition, including Austin Elementary School and Jefferson Elementary School from Edinburg CISD.

“We are honored that two more of our outstanding schools have been nominated as National Blue Ribbon Schools,” said ECISD Superintendent Dr. René Gutiérrez.  “These two additional nominations highlight the hard work of our students, teachers, principals and staff, and their dedication to our excellent academic programs at Edinburg CISD.”

Last year, the TEA nominated ECISD’s Canterbury Elementary School and Trevino Elementary School for national 2016 Blue Ribbon Schools recognition. In September, the U.S. Department of Education announced that both Edinburg schools were named 2016 National Blue Ribbon Schools.

Founded in 1982, Blue Ribbon Schools is a U.S. Department of Education program that recognizes public and private elementary, middle and high schools where students perform at very high levels.

All Texas schools that have been nominated for the 2017 honor were selected as exemplary high performing schools as measured by state assessments. Each school has an economically disadvantaged population of 22 percent or greater.

The nominated schools must now complete a rigorous application process through the U.S. Department of Education. Announcements of the national award winners will be made in September 2017.  Schools that receive the award are recognized at the Blue Ribbon Schools awards ceremony in Washington, D.C.