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District Honors STAR Elementary Schools

The Board of Education recently recognized 21 elementary schools with STAR Awards for significant gains in student achievement, surpassing last year’s record of 18 schools. Naples won the award for the fifth year. Four schools were honored for the fourth time: Burbank, Keller, Lowell and Signal Hill. Eleven schools were three-year recipients: Addams, Alvarado, Barton, Buffum, Edison, Emerson, Kettering, Longfellow, Los Cerritos, Madison and Muir. Five schools were two-year winners: Burcham, King, Riley, Twain and Webster. The STAR Award (Student success Terrific teaching Academic Results) is based upon four critical components: • Tripling the state Academic Performance Index growth target; • Meeting all aspects of federal Adequate Yearly Progress criteria; • Advancing the achievement of the lowest performing sub-group of students at the school; • Advancing the achievement of English Language Learners at the school. Students, staff and parents from the winning schools participated in the awards ceremony. Among the participants was articulate Barton first grader Simone Abdur-Rahim, who told the Board, "I am a star at Barton because I am a scholar and always searching for more information and asking big questions."