Fourteen schools in the Long Beach Unified School District are listed on the California Business for Education Excellence Honor Roll for academic excellence and reducing achievement gaps among student populations.
“Having high standards, effective school leadership, and staying focused on academic achievement have paid off for these Honor Roll Schools,” said Lee Blitch, CBEE Chairman and past CEO of the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce. “These schools are an inspiration.”
The Honor Roll consists of three parts, the first being “Star Schools,” or those with significant populations of disadvantaged students who have shown high achievement. Making this list were the California Academy of Mathematics and Science and Franklin, Hughes, Los Cerritos, Madison and Stanford schools.
The second tier of recognition is “Scholar Schools,” or those that show significant levels of academic achievement without a significant population of disadvantaged students. That list includes LBUSD’s Carver, Fremont, Gant, Henry, Lowell, Naples, Newcomb and Rogers schools.
The business group recognized a subset of the Honor Roll that has both high percentages of low-income students and high levels of math and science achievement. Among these 100 STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Honor Roll schools was CAMS.
CBEE has identified a common set of success factors in higher performing Honor Roll schools and districts. These factors 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 teaching practices.
“Our goal is to highlight these amazing schools that have been succeeding with our kids. Their practices can be replicated but only if those looking know where the status quo is unacceptable and where success and myth busting is taking place,” said Jim Lanich, CBEE president. “All schools – no matter what zip code they are in – can achieve this kind of success.”
This year’s honor roll includes 2,099 public schools in California.