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District Honors STAR Elementary Schools

The Board of Education recently recognized 18 elementary schools with STAR Awards for significant gains in student achievement. “We’re proud to say that our STAR schools represent every area of the city,” Jill Baker, assistant superintendent for elementary schools, said during the awards presentation. “The STAR Award encourages continuous improvement and honors our schools in their efforts to always raise the bar for our students.” Four schools were honored for the fifth time: Tucker, Signal Hill, Keller and Lowell. Three schools were four-year recipients: Addams, Alvarado and Garfield. Six schools were three-year winners: Fremont, Riley, International, Twain, Stevenson and Webster. Three schools were two-year winners: Henry, Lee and Harte. Chavez and Lincoln schools won the award for the first time. The STAR Award (Student success Terrific teaching Academic Results) is based on criteria that measure student achievement gains: • Tripling the state Academic Performance Index growth target; • Meeting or exceeding federal Adequate Yearly Progress criteria; • Advancing the achievement of the lowest performing sub-group of students at the school; and • Advancing the achievement of English Language Learners at the school. Students, parents, teachers and support staff from the winning schools participated in the awards ceremony.