Seven Named 2008 Honor Roll Schools

Seven exemplary schools in the Long Beach Unified School District are being recognized by the business community for their outstanding success in raising student achievement and closing achievement gaps among all groups of students.

Recently named as California Business for Education Excellence/Just for the Kids California Honor Roll Schools for 2008 are Keller, International, Fremont, Lowell and Naples elementary schools, Emerson Parkside Academy and the California Academy of Mathematics and Science.

After reviewing student achievement data for every public school in California, these schools stood above the rest in getting students to meet and exceed grade-level proficiency.

The purpose of identifying the high-performing statewide Honor Roll Schools is to tell their stories and share their best practices.

The Honor Roll is comprised of two different awards, the Star Schools Award (CAMS, Emerson, International and Keller) and the Scholar Schools Award (Fremont, Lowell and Naples).

“We know from the success of these schools that it’s possible for all schools and all students in California to reach high levels of academic achievement, to close achievement gaps and to reach 100 percent grade-level proficiency on the California Standards Test,” said Jim Lanich, Ph.D., president of CBEE. “We hope other schools can learn from these schools’ proven best practices and achieve the same results.”

No other school recognition program in California uses hard data, individual school and student subgroup performance data, based on the California Standards Tests and the California High School Exit Exam, to evaluate school academic performance.

“Schools on the Honor Roll dispel the myth that certain students can’t reach grade-level proficiency and that schools with a challenging student population won’t be able to succeed,” said Greg Jones, CBEE chair. “Honor Roll schools are overcoming challenges every day to raise student achievement.”

California Business for Education Excellence is supported by 17 major corporations, the California Business Roundtable and the California Chamber of Commerce.