NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - Congratulations are in order for the Nettie Marshall Academy of Dual Language campus in Nacogdoches.
Students gathered for an afternoon assembly to celebrate its nomination to win a 2018 National Blue-Ribbon School Award. Only 26 schools in the state are on the list.
Nettie Marshall is also one of 13 schools across the state honored for "achievement-gap-closing."
"It means, for the children from all areas of ethnic background, such as African-American, Hispanic or Anglo or any race, we closed that achievement gap in all those areas, so they're more equal in their scores and there's not such a gap," said Nacogdoches ISD Superintendent Sandra Dowdy.
A nomination is an honor in itself, but a higher goal has been set.
Nettie Marshall and the other nominated schools must now complete a rigorous application process through the U.S. Department of Education. The announcements of the national award winners will be made in September.