California Business Group Names CVESD to its ‘Honor Roll’

The Chula Vista Elementary School District was selected by California Business for Education Excellence (CBEE) as one of six school districts in the state to receive the title of 2012 Honor Roll District. CVESD is one of only two such honorees in San Diego County

This distinction from the California business community means the District demonstrated consistently high levels of student academic achievement, improvement in achievement levels over time, measures of college readiness, and reduction in achievement gaps among student populations. In addition, all Honor Roll Districts are higher poverty districts that include a high percentage of Honor Roll schools.Rogers API growth-web1

“We are proud to be recognized by California’s business community as an Honor Roll District,” said Superintendent Francisco Escobedo, Ed.D. “Our teachers and administrators work tirelessly to keep the focus on high expectations and student academic achievement and to continuously improving our practices. This hard work and dedication is paying off for all of our students.”

The CBEE Honor Roll also includes three school-level awards: “Star Schools,” “Scholar Schools,” and “STEM” school honorees. Star Schools are those with significant populations of socio-economically disadvantaged students that have shown a significant increase in grade-level proficiency over time. Scholar Schools are schools that are showing significant levels of academic achievement, but do not have a significant socio-economically disadvantaged student population. STEM schools are CBEE Star Schools that demonstrate significant achievement in science and math. In all, 29 of CVESD’s schools were either Star or Scholar schools. To view the list of honorees, click here.

“We have schools throughout the state that are getting it right for all students and this should not be a secret,” said Greg Jones, CBEE Chairman 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, CBEE 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, CBEE president.

CBEE’s mission is to use the power of data to improve public education and close the achievement gap.  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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