Three schools in the Long Beach Unified School District earned the California Distinguished School Award this month for exceptional gains in student achievement.
“These schools are great examples of California’s commitment to provide out-standing public education for all students,” said Tony Thurmond, state superintendent of public instruction. “Their data driven efforts have helped ensure that their students leave with the tools and skills they need to be successful after graduation.”
Elementary schools and secondary (middle and high) schools are recognized in alternate years. This year’s awards focused on the secondary grades. LBUSD’s Marshall Academy of the Arts, and Keller and Hughes middle schools were among more than 100 schools statewide earning recognition.
The awards honor schools that demonstrate educational excellence and progress in narrowing achievement gaps. Winners must meet a variety of criteria including exemplary performance on state accountability measures.
“Distinguished Schools represent examples of not just excellent teaching, learning and collaboration, but also highly successful, data-driven school efforts ranging from professional development to positive behavior intervention,” stated the California Department of Education’s announcement. “Amid the backdrop of uncertainty and hardship facing all California schools this past year, this recognition is especially remarkable.”
“Thanks go to all the staff at these schools – teachers, administrators, classified employees – and parents, who are working together to provide high-quality educational experiences for all of their students,” Thurmond said.