Kramer Lane Elementary School in the Bethpage School District has been selected by the New York State Education Department as a state nominee for the National 2013 Blue Ribbon School Award. The nomination, which is for the category of “Exemplary High Performing School,” is based on Kramer Lane’s 2012 English language arts and mathematics assessment scores.

Exemplary High Performing Schools are ranked among the best performing schools in the state. The entire school’s test scores must meet or exceed the average of the state’s cut scores at the 85th percentile for all grades tested in both reading and math. Districtwide, fourth-grade Bethpage students ranked No. 1 in Nassau County for their ELA scores and No. 5 for math, while third-graders were ranked No. 5 in the county for ELA and No. 12 for math.

"I could not be happier and more excited about the nomination,” Principal McCarthy said of the honor. “Kramer Lane is certainly deserving of such an honor. The teachers and students here put forth 110 percent each and every day, as evidenced by not only our success on state assessments, but also by the success students experience on a daily basis. It is wonderful to be a part of such a supportive community where learning is paramount."

Kramer Lane is one of approximately 19 schools in the state that have been nominated for this national award. Ms. McCarthy must now submit an application to the U.S. Department of Education’s Blue Ribbon Award Committee by mid-February.