Tuesday, May 7, 2013

63 schools get star treatment from California business group

The California Business for Education Excellence has named 63 San Diego Unified School District schools and charter schools to its annual honor roll.

The 2012 Honor Roll includes public elementary, middle and high schools recognized for demonstrating consistently high levels of student academic achievement, improvement in achievement over time, and reduction in achievement gaps. For high schools, Honor Roll recognition includes measures of college readiness.

The 2,108 Honor Roll schools statewide is a record, according to the group, and includes871 higher poverty schools that are increasing academic performance and closing the achievement gap, and 100 “STEM” schools that excel in science and mathematics. 

“We have schools throughout the state that are getting it right for all students and this should not be a secret,” said Greg Jones, Chairman of California Business for Education Excellence and past member of the California State Board of Education. “To ensure more of our schools succeed, we must change the conversation from being about fixing failing schools to one that focuses on replicating the success of schools like those on the Honor Roll.”

Over time, the group has identified a common set of success factors in higher performing Honor Roll schools and districts. These include high expectations for all students; ongoing collaboration among teachers to improve practice; targeted use of data to pinpoint challenges and monitor progress; continual intervention for struggling students; and mastery of content knowledge and pedagogical practices.

“Honor Roll schools are overcoming challenges and obstacles every day for all students and are especially succeeding with kids who have been historically underserved. Our goal is to highlight their results, and provide a voice to these outstanding educators so that their success can be emulated in other places, “ said Jim Lanich, California Business for Education Excellence president.

The Honor Roll list grew from 261 schools when the program began in 2005 to the current 2,108 for 2012. The number of Honor Roll STAR (higher poverty, high achieving) schools increased from 74 in 2005 in to 871 in 2012. A full list of the Honor Roll schools and districts can be found at: www.cbee.org.

The annual Honor Roll program is made possible with support from numerous businesses and organizations including State Farm, Macy’s, Edison International, Wells Fargo, Southern California Auto Club, Enterprise Rent-­A-­Car, the California Business Roundtable, and several private foundations. Chevron Corporation provided specific support in the creation of the STEM Honor Roll.

2012 Star Schools

High poverty, high performing, achievement gap closing schools
  • Alcott Elementary
  • Angier Elementary
  • Baker Elementary
  • Barnard Elementary
  • Birney Elementary
  • Challenger Middle
  • Correia Middle
  • Crown Point Elementary
  • Edison Elementary
  • Ericson Elementary
  • Fletcher Elementary
  • Green Elementary
  • Hamilton Elementary
  • Hardy Elementary
  • Innovation Middle
  • Jones Elementary
  • Kearny Digital Media & Design
  • Kimbrough Elementary
  • King-Chavez Arts Academy
  • King-Chavez Primary Academy
  • Lewis Middle
  • Loma Portal Elementary
  • Mira Mesa High
  • Pacific Beach Elementary
  • Pacific Beach Middle
  • Paradise Hills Elementary
  • Perry Elementary
  • Pershing Middle
  • Point Loma High
  • Preuss School UCSD
  • San Diego International Studies
  • San Diego SCPA
  • Sandburg Elementary
  • Tierrasanta Elementary
  • Toler Elementary
  • University City High
  • Vista Grande Elementary

Scholar Schools

High performing schools without significant levels of low-income students
  • Benchley/Weinberger Elementary
  • Bird Rock Elementary
  • Curie Elementary
  • Dailard Elementary
  • Dingeman Elementary
  • Doyle Elementary
  • Einstein Academy
  • Grant K-8
  • Hearst Elementary
  • Holmes Elementary
  • Jerabek Elementary
  • Kumeyaay Elementary
  • La Jolla Elementary
  • La Jolla High
  • Marshall Middle
  • Marvin Elementary
  • Miramar Ranch Elementary
  • Muirlands Middle
  • Old Town Academy K-8 Charter
  • Scripps Elementary
  • Scripps Ranch High
  • Sessions Elementary
  • Silver Gate Elementary
  • Standley Middle
  • Sunset View Elementary
  • Torrey Pines Elementary

STEM Schools

Honor Roll schools with higher poverty and higher performance in math and science
  • Green Elementary
  • Jones Elementary
  • Pacific Beach Elementary
  • Sandburg Elementary
  • Tierrasanta Elementary
  • Vista Grande Elementary