Eight schools in the Long Beach Unified School District made the statewide Honor Roll list announced this week by California Business for Education Excellence.
Schools receiving this distinction from California’s business community have demonstrated consistently high academic achievement and have made significant progress toward closing achievement gaps among all of their students.
The CBEE Honor Roll is made up of two different awards — the Star Schools Award (395 schools) and Scholar Schools Award (909 schools). Long Beach has four schools on each list.
“We’re delighted to have so many schools on this prestigious Honor Roll,” said Christopher J. Steinhauser, LBUSD superintendent of schools.
“Business leaders know high quality schools when they see them, so this is truly an honor,” Steinhauser said. “It’s also a testament to the tireless work of our teachers, support staff, administrators, parents and many others.”
The school recognition program uses individual school and student subgroup performance data based on the California Standards Tests and California High School Exit Exam to evaluate academic performance.
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 for all groups of children. Star Schools in LBUSD include the California Academy of Mathematics and Science, Emerson Parkside Academy (elementary), and International and Mann elementary schools.
CBEE Scholar Schools are those that show significant levels of academic achievement, but do not have a significant socio-economically disadvantaged student population. Scholar Schools in LBUSD include Newcomb Academy (K-8), and Gant, Lowell and Naples elementary schools.
“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 and to close achievement gaps,” said Kirk Clark, executive director of CBEE. “By highlighting Honor Roll schools, recognizing their achievement and giving them a voice we hope other schools can learn from these schools’ proven best practices and achieve the same results.”
CBEE was founded in 1999 by major corporations and business organizations to represent the business community in state education policy making. The organization’s mission is to raise academic achievement and close achievement gaps in California public schools by making certain that every student reaches a minimum of grade level proficiency.