HTLA Named to the 2010 CBEE Honor Roll!

California Business for Education Excellence Names 1,221 Public Schools to the 2010 Honor Roll - Business Community Recognizes Outstanding Public Schools for Raising Student Academic Achievement and Reducing Achievement Gaps

Sacramento -- California Business for Education Excellence (CBEE) announced today the schools named to its 2010 Honor Roll.
The 2010 Honor Roll includes 1,221 California public elementary, middle and high schools that have been recognized by California’s business community for having demonstrated consistent high student academic achievement and making significant progress toward closing achievement gaps among all their students. The annual award is supported by numerous businesses and organizations including State Farm, Macy’s, Edison International, Wells Fargo, Southern California Auto Club, the California Business Roundtable, and United Way of the Bay Area.
The Honor Roll is comprised of two different awards, the “Star Schools” Award (477 schools) and “Scholar Schools” Award (744 schools).
CBEE Star Schools are those with significant populations of socio-economically disadvantaged students that have shown a significant increase in grade-level proficiency over four years and are outperforming expectations for every subgroup of students. CBEE Scholar Schools are schools that are showing significant levels of academic achievement, but do not have a significant socio-economically disadvantaged student population.
“These schools are the bright spots of excellence in efforts to raise student academic achievement and close persistent achievement gaps,” said Kirk Clark, president of CBEE. “By highlighting them, recognizing their achievement and giving them a voice we hope other schools can learn from these proven practices and we can begin to duplicate their success to scale throughout the state.”

The Honor Roll is the premier school recognition program in California that 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 over time. Schools that reach the Honor Roll have met a rigorous standard of increasing and sustaining grade level proficiency over four years and closing achievement gaps when they exist.
“Our school is relentless in our focus to get all students to grade level proficiency,” states Alex Cortes, principal of Lauderbach Elementary School in Chula Vista. “The Honor Roll, with its focus on achievement data over time, validates our teachers’ hard work and results. We look forward to sharing our best practices with other schools.”
“We must change the conversation in public education from being about failure and sanctions to one that focuses on schools and school systems that are getting the kinds of results that Honor Roll schools are achieving,” said Greg Jones, CBEE Chairman. “These schools are overcoming challenges every day. What has impressed the business community the most this year is the large increase in the 477 high-poverty schools that are exceeding expectations for every group of students. Our goal is to promote their results so they can be replicate in other places.”
The Honor Roll list has grown from 304 schools in 2006 to the current 1,221 for 2010. The number of Honor Roll STAR (high poverty, high achieving) schools increased from 400 in 2009 to 477 in 2010, which is more than double the number of Star schools just two years prior. A full list of the Honor Roll schools, sorted alphabetically by county, can be found at: www.cbeefoundation.org/honor_roll.html .

California Business for Education Excellence
The mission of California Business for Education Excellence (www.cbee.org) is to raise student academic achievement and close achievement gaps in California public schools by ensuring every student reaches a minimum of grade level proficiency. This is accomplished by providing a voice to high performing public schools so that all schools can replicate their best practices. Since 1998, CBEE has worked to focus businesses around a common agenda for high performing public schools leading to increased baccalaureate degrees and economic productivity. CBEE serves as the business community’s leading voice in education in California.

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