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43 Schools Earn Commendations for Gains

The California Office to Reform Education, or CORE, has recognized 43 schools in the Long Beach Unified School District with Academic Growth Awards.  The awards showcase schools making the greatest impact on student achievement in English language arts, math or both subjects.

The 2019 Academic Growth Awards are unique because they recognize acceleration of student achievement by accounting for how much each individual student learns over time, rather than just comparing test scores from year to year, CORE’s award announcement stated.

“Growth data plus test results give educators the ‘power of two’ for measuring improvements in learning outcomes.  High academic growth is a reflection of school effectiveness.  It shows consistent work among educators to provide extraordinary classroom instruction for the students they serve.”

CORE is a consortium of eight school districts including LBUSD.  The organization was founded in 2010, when cooperative efforts to implement new academic standards and improve training for teachers and administrators in Long Beach and Fresno grew to include other large urban school districts.

The CORE Districts built and maintain a comprehensive school improvement and accountability system that is nationally recognized because it provides educators a clear view of progress by including data on student-level academic growth, high school readiness, students’ social-emotional skills and schools’ culture-climate, along with traditional measures of test scores, graduation rates and absenteeism.  LBUSD provides publicly available CORE data for each of its schools at lbschools.net.

Twelve LBUSD schools were honored for achieving “Three Years of High Impact” growth in English language arts (ELA) and or math:  Burbank (ELA and math), Chavez (ELA), Garfield (math), Hudson (ELA), Kettering (math), Madison (math), Muir (ELA and math), Newcomb (ELA), Riley (ELA), Rogers (ELA), Signal Hill (ELA and math), and Washington (math).

Another 31 LBUSD schools were honored for achieving “One Year of High Impact” growth:  Bancroft (ELA), Birney (math), Bixby (ELA and math), Smith (math), California Academy of Mathematics and Science (math), Carver (ELA), Cleveland (math), Cubberley (ELA), Franklin (ELA), Hamilton (math), Hoover (ELA), Hughes (ELA and math), Jefferson (ELA and math), Nelson (math), Nieto Herrera (ELA and math), Lafayette (ELA and math), Lincoln (ELA and math), Lindbergh (ELA and math), Longfellow (ELA and math), Los Cerritos (math), Mann (ELA and math), Marshall (math), McKinley (ELA), Powell (ELA), Prisk (ELA and math), Robinson (ELA and math), Roosevelt (math), Sato (math), Stevenson (ELA), Tincher (ELA and math), and Willard (math).

Statewide, CORE is honoring 253 schools for making three years of high academic growth, where students are making gains faster than similar students.  These schools, including LBUSD’s 12 honorees, will receive printed awards.  CORE also has partnered with the nonprofit advocacy group Education Trust-West to provide online “High Impact Badges” honoring 653 schools that made one or three years of high growth.  The badges will be featured at EdEquityNavigator.org, Education Trust-West’s new website for parent advocates and educators.