Fifteen schools in the Long Beach Unified School District were named recently to the California Business for Education Excellence Honor Roll for academic excellence and reducing achievement gaps among student populations.
The Honor Roll was broken into three parts, the first being “Star Schools,” or those with significant populations of disadvantaged students who have shown a significant increase in grade-level proficiency. Making this list were Bryant, Emerson, Lafayette, Longfellow and Madison schools, along with the California Academy of Mathematics and Science.
The second tier of recognition is “Scholar Schools,” or those that are showing significant levels of academic achievement without a significant population of disadvantaged students. That list includes LBUSD’s Carver, Fremont, Gant, Kettering, Lowell, Naples, Newcomb, Prisk and Twain schools.
For the first time, the business group recognized a subset of the Honor Roll that has both high percentages of low-income students and high levels of math and science achievement. Among these 100 STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Honor Roll schools were Longfellow, Madison and CAMS.
“These schools are the bright spots of excellence in efforts to raise student academic achievement and close persistent achievement gaps,” said Jim Lanich, president of CBEE. “By highlighting them, recognizing their achievement and giving them a voice, we hope other schools can learn from them and replicate their proven practices throughout the state.”
The Honor Roll includes 1,614 public elementary, middle and high schools recognized by the California business community for demonstrating consistently high levels of academic achievement, improvement in achievement levels over time and reduction in achievement gaps among student populations.
For high schools, the CBEE Honor Roll recognition also includes measures of college readiness.