2018 CA Distinguished Schools Program – Letters (CA Dept of Education)

I am pleased to announce the 2018 California Distinguished Schools Program. This is one of the many ways that the California Department of Education (CDE) and I celebrate outstanding educational programs and practices through our California School Recognition Program which honors exemplary students, teachers, classified employees, and schools for advancing excellence in education. After a three-year break, the California Distinguished Schools Program is back and replaces the California Gold Ribbon Schools Program.

Sponsored by California Casualty, the 2018 California Distinguished Schools Program recognizes California elementary schools that have made exceptional gains in implementing the academic content and performance standards adopted by the State Board of Education for all students. By using California’s multiple measures accountability system, the CDE has identified eligible schools based on their performance and progress on the state indicators as described on the California School Dashboard (Dashboard). You can access the California School Dashboard Report on the CDE’s California School Dashboard Web page at https://www.caschooldashboard.org.

Source: 2018 CA Distinguished Schools Program – Letters (CA Dept of Education)

California National Title I Distinguished Schools – Year 2017 (CA Dept of Education)

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson congratulated two California schools for receiving national recognition for achievement in 2017. Ulloa Elementary School in San Francisco and Alvarado Elementary School in Signal Hill are two of up to 100 schools being recognized as National Title I Distinguished Schools.

“Congratulations to Principal Carol Fong and Principal Lucy Salazar, as well as all the teachers, administrators, staff, school board members, parents, classified employees, and students for these schools,” said Torlakson. “They are all examples of aiming high, achieving goals, and continuing to move forward and upward—the California Way.”

A project of the National Title I Association, the National Title I Distinguished Schools Program publicly recognizes qualifying Title I schools for the outstanding academic achievements of their students. Beginning in 1996, the program has highlighted hundreds of schools with exceptional student performance, as well as schools closing the achievement gap between student groups.

Source: California National Title I Distinguished Schools – Year 2017 (CA Dept of Education)

Vallejo’s Mare Island Technology Academy in running for several awards – Times Herald

By Times-Herald staff

Mare Island Technology Academy, along with its sister school MIT Academy High School, have been notified by the California State Department of Education that they will be receiving multiple school walk-throughs after qualifying for the new Gold Ribbon/California Distinguished Schools program, according to an MITA press release.

According to MITA officials, the new California Gold Ribbon Award, implemented this year under the direction of State Superintendent Tom Torlakson, was inaugurated this year to succeed the previous California Distinguished School program. As part of the Gold Ribbon selection process, a new category has been added, the California Career Technical Education Exemplary School award. As technology-based schools, both MIT middle and high schools are also candidates for the CTE awards, which means the combined schools are in the running for a total of four distinguished school awards – two each for the Gold Ribbon and CTE awards.

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Job well done: School, teachers win praise – Benicia Herald

Keri Luiz

Awards and acknowledgements were the theme last week during Benicia Unified School District’s board meeting, as trustees heard about accolades received by one elementary school and a pair of employees.

Matthew Turner Elementary School was acknowledged for receiving the California Distinguished School Award, which, according to the California Department of Education website, identifies and honors schools that have “demonstrated educational excellence for all students and progress in narrowing the achievement gap.”

Matthew Turner was one of three Solano County schools to receive the award this year, Superintendent Janice Adams told trustees Thursday.

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3 Solano elementary schools deemed distinguished – The Reporter

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Three Solano elementary schools were among the nearly 425 named as California Distinguished Schools for 2014, it has been announced.

Nelda Mundy and Oakbrook, in Fairfield-Suisun Unifed, and Matthew Turner, in Benicia Unified, were cited for their “strong commitment and innovative approaches to improving student academic achievement,” state officials said Wednesday in a press release.

The 2014 state Distinguished Schools program focuses on students’ “right to an equitable and rigorous education, and recognizes those schools that have made progress in narrowing the academic achievement gap,” said Pam Slater, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Education.

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Nelda Mundy, Oakbrook earn California Distinguished Schools honors – Daily Republic

By Ryan McCarthy

Nelda Mundy and Oakbrook elementary schools in the Fairfield-Suisun School District have been named California Distinguished Schools.

“It is quite an honor,” the Solano County Office of Education said in a release.

The California Department of Education selected the schools and reports that 405 elementary schools in the state were eligible to apply for the distinguished school designation this year, the county office said.

Schools must meet a variety of eligibility criteria such as designated federal and state accountability measures based on the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act and California’s Academic Performance Index requirements, the county office said.

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Nelda Mundy Elementary invited to apply for Distinguished School – SCOE/Facebook

Nelda Mundy Elementary School is one of 3 schools in Solano County to be invited to apply for Distinguished School status. The California Distinguished School Award identifies and honors those schools that have demonstrated educational excellence for all students and progress in narrowing the achievement gap. In order to be invited to apply for Distinguished School honors, schools must meet a variety of eligibility criteria including designated federal and state accountability measures based on the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) and the Academic Performance Index (API) requirements. Each school receives a site visit by a team of educators to validate the full implementation of the submitted practices. On March 21st, Nelda Mundy Elementary School received their site validation visit from a team lead by the Solano County Office of Education. After a full day visiting classrooms, validating their signature practices, and interviews with key stakeholders, the Solano County Office of Education made their recommendation that the school move forward in the evaluation process. The California Department of Education will make the final determination and notify the school later this Spring.

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