The California Academy of Mathematics and Science, and Lowell, Naples and International elementary schools are among 579 Honor Roll Schools named statewide this week for closing achievement gaps.
The 2007 Honor Roll from the California Business for Education Excellence Foundation and Just for the Kids includes schools recognized by business leaders for improvement and high achievement.
The Honor Roll includes Star Schools (126 schools) and Scholar Schools (443 schools). Star Schools have significant populations of disadvantaged students yet show a significant increase in achievement over four years for all groups of students. CAMS and International won this honor. Scholar Schools show high academic achievement but do not have a significant disadvantaged population. Lowell and Naples won this honor.
CBEE was founded in 1999 by major corporations and business organizations to represent the business community in state education policy making. The non-profit Just for the Kids (www.jftk-ca.org
) provides a free online data and school improvement system.