17 Schools Named Title I Academic Achievers

The state recently named 17 schools in the Long Beach Unified School District as 2005-06 Title I Academic Achievement Award winners. The winners were among 310 throughout California announced by state Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O'Connell. Winners must demonstrate the achievement level of twice the schoolwide Academic Performance Index (API) growth target and twice the API growth target for the socio-economically disadvantaged subgroup for two consecutive years. Winning schools must also have met national Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) goals for two years in a row. At least 40 percent of students must meet the poverty index. "We believe that all students can learn. These awards confirm that belief," said Chris Steinhauser, Superintendent of Schools for the Long Beach Unified School District. "We couldn't be prouder of our students and schools for winning these state and national honors." Local winners are Alvarado, Carver, Edison, Emerson, Gompers, Harte, Hill, Hoover, Hudson, Hughes, Kettering, Mann, Robinson, Roosevelt, Signal Hill, Stanford and Tucker schools. Of the nearly 5,900 Title I schools in California, only 338 schools were eligible to compete for the awards this year. Representatives of the winning schools will be honored at a banquet during the State Title I Conference scheduled for May 1-2 at the Hilton Orange County/Costa Mesa Hotel in Costa Mesa.