Three Lodi Unified School District schools are among those named by the California Business for Education Excellence's 2010 Honor Roll. The announcement was made Monday.
The current honor roll includes 1,221 California public elementary, middle and high schools that have been recognized by California's business community for having demonstrated consistent high student academic achievement and making significant progress toward closing achievement gaps among all their students.
This includes Elkhorn School, Aspire River Oaks Charter School and Middle College High School.
The annual award is supported by businesses and organizations including State Farm, Macy's, Edison International, Wells Fargo, Southern California Auto Club, the California Business Roundtable and United Way of the Bay Area.
The Honor Roll is the premier school recognition program in California, and uses hard data, individual school and student subgroup performance data based on the California Standards Tests and the California High School Exit Exam to evaluate school academic performance over time, according to a press release.
Schools that reach the honor roll have met a rigorous standard of increasing and sustaining grade level proficiency over four years and closing achievement gaps when they exist.
Last year's standardized test scores put both Elkhorn and Middle College among the top 10 percent in the state.
"We must change the conversation in public education from being about failure and sanctions to one that focuses on schools and school systems that are getting the kinds of results that Honor Roll schools are achieving," said Greg Jones, CBEE chairman.
"These schools are overcoming challenges every day. What has impressed the business community the most this year is the large increase in the 477 high-poverty schools that are exceeding expectations for every group of students. Our goal is to promote their results so they can be replicate in other places," Jones said.
The honor roll list has grown from 304 schools in 2006 to the current 1,221 for 2010. A full list of the schools can be found at www.cbeefoundation.org/honor_roll.html.
The mission of California Business for Education Excellence is to raise student academic achievement and close achievement gaps in California public schools by ensuring every student reaches a minimum of grade level proficiency. This is accomplished by providing a voice to high performing public schools so that all schools can replicate their best practices, according to the organization's website.
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