As the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) are expected to provide K-12 students with more rigorous instruction, those who excel in CCSS classrooms should be proud of their academic achievements. If they receive recognition directly from the White House, they should be even prouder.
It is possible for students to receive recognition for their academic achievements from President Barack Obama through the President's Education Awards Program, which recognizes pupils who meet high academic standards. Many students are eligible for this honor, as the U.S. Department of Education recently announced that nearly 3 million pupils from public and private schools across the country have received recognition this year.
"The President's Education Award Program recognizes student achievement and hard work in the classroom," the U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said in a statement. "It honors students who meet high standards of academic excellence, while also rewarding students who work hard and give it their best shot, often overcoming tough obstacles to their learning."
Students received either a gold seal certificate for educational excellence or a silver seal certificate for outstanding educational achievement.