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Thirteen schools in the Long Beach Unified School District are among 300 in Los Angeles County that are leading the way toward closing achievement gaps for low-income African American and Latino students, according to a new study, “Top Los Angeles County Public Schools for Underserved Students.”

The schools were recognized this month during a celebratory event at USC.  The university’s Rossier School of Education and its Sol Price School of Public Policy partnered with the non-profit Innovate Public Schools on the study, which also was supported by the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation.  Read the report at innovateschools.org.

Local schools earning the honor included Alvarado, Chavez, Holmes, Oropeza, King, Lafayette, Lincoln, McKinley, Muir, Roosevelt, Signal Hill, Stevenson and Washington.  These schools were recognized for the performance of historically underserved African-American and/or Latino students in either English, math or both. 

“Some schools are finding ways to help all of their students succeed,” the report states.  “We hope educators, civic leaders, parents and students across Los Angeles can get inspired by their example.  We believe all schools in Los Angeles County can become Top Public Schools.”

Many of the schools on the list of honorees share certain school-wide practices and beliefs.  These “World-Class Schools” are mission-driven, build and develop a great team, offer rigorous academics for all students, cultivate a culture of joyful learning, are data-driven and engage parents as co-educators and leaders.

The report includes an in-depth “data story” featuring LBUSD’s Signal Hill Elementary School, which closed achievement gaps for African American and Latino students in both English and Math.

LBUSD educators also presented information on local schools during breakout sessions at USC’s recent celebration event.  Among the presenters were Jill Baker, deputy superintendent of schools; Brian Moskovitz, assistant superintendent of elementary schools; Sophia Griffieth, principal at Muir Academy; Ann Erksine, technology teacher on special assignment at Signal Hill Elementary; Tammy Lavelle, former principal at Signal Hill and current principal at Roosevelt Elementary; and Scott Tardibuono, principal at Signal Hill.

EXEMPLARY SCHOOL – Signal Hill Elementary School earned recognition as one of Los Angeles County's top public schools and is featured in a video produced by the non-profit Innovate Public Schools in partnership with USC.