Lafayette Wins National Award for Gains

Lafayette Elementary School is one of six schools to earn the Panasonic National School Change Award for significant, multi-year gains in student achievement.  The award is given through the National Principals Leadership Institute in New York, NY.

"We're thrilled to be honored for the hard work of our teachers, support staff, parents and students," said Lafayette Principal Damita Myers-Miller.  "We've come a long way, especially given the challenges that we face.  Being recognized on a national stage like this is a tremendous boost to our school community.”

Lafayette’s state Academic Performance Index has grown from the 500 range to well beyond the state’s target of 800 in just a few years.  The school’s fifth grade math proficiency surpasses the state average by 13 percentage points, despite significant poverty and language challenges.

Award criteria include evidence that the school has closed achievement gaps and shown “a sharp increase in student achievement across all groups of students as measured by documented outside evaluations.”   Winners also must demonstrate innovative teaching practices and overall improvement in the quality of teaching, along with an alignment of standards, curriculum, instruction and assessment.

Other award criteria include “a perception in the school among all stakeholders (administrators, teachers, students and parents) that positive change has taken place.

One other California school earned the honor: the School of International Business at Kearny Complex in San Diego.  The remaining three awards went to schools in South Carolina, Kansas and Georgia.

Each winning school receives $5,000 in Panasonic products.

Learn more at npli.org.