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State Names 3 Distinguished Schools

Three schools here earned the California Distinguished School Award recently for academic excellence.  Emerson, Kettering and Roosevelt schools were among 387 honorees announced statewide.

“Congratulations to everyone at Emerson, Kettering and Roosevelt schools for this high honor,” said Christopher J. Steinhauser, superintendent of schools for the Long Beach Unified School District.  “Each of these schools is a repeat winner of this award.  To earn these accolades during such lean times is a significant accomplishment, and we’re proud that we now have 39 California Distinguished Schools throughout all geographic areas of our school district.”

The awards honor schools that have demonstrated educational excellence for all students and progress in narrowing achievement gaps.  Winners must meet a variety of criteria including top performance on national and state accountability measures.

Elementary and secondary schools (middle and high schools) are recognized in alternate years.  This year focused on elementary schools.

"The schools we are recognizing demonstrate the incredible commitment of California's teachers, administrators, and school employees to provide a world-class education to every student, in spite of the financial hardships facing our state and our schools," said California Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson. "Their dedication is inspiring, and I applaud and admire their passion and persistence."