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State Business Organization Names 7 AUSD Schools to Honor Roll (August 7, 2015)
Posted 8/7/15

California Business for Education Excellence (CBEE), a professional organization comprised of business leaders committed to improving public education in this state, named six AUSD schools "2014 CBEE Honor Roll Schools" earlier this summer.  The designation honors schools that have demonstrated:


  • consistently high levels of student academic achievement

  • improvement in achievement over time and

  • reduction in achievement gaps


"Many of our higher performing schools are not getting the recognition they deserve," CBEE Chairman Lee Blitch said in a press release. "Those schools that succeed in reducing the achievement gap and preparing their students for higher education and careers should be celebrated.”


The six AUSD schools named to the organization's 2014 Honor Roll are:


  • Amelia Earhart Elementary School

  • Alameda Science and Technology Institute (ASTI)

  • Bay Farm Elementary School

  • Donald D. Lum Elementary School

  • Edison Elementary School

  • Encinal High School

  • Henry Haight Elementary School


CBEE designated Haight Elementary, Lum Elementary, and Encinal High as "Star Schools" because they have a significant number of low-income students but are also high performing and closing the achievement gap, according to the organization. CBEE designated Bay Farm Elementary, Earhart Elementary, and Edison Elementary as "Scholar Schools" or high-performing schools that do not have significant levels of low-income students.  ASTI was named to the CBEE STEM Honor Roll due to its high achievements in math and science and the fact that it also serves a high-poverty student population.


Each school will receive a full-sized banner to announce the designation.


Background on the CBEE Honor Roll Program


CBEE named 1851 schools to their Honor Roll this year, including 1381 higher poverty schools that are both increasing academic performance and closing their achievement gap. (California has about 10,300 public schools and about 1,000 charter schools.) According to its press release, the CBEE has identified several success factors in its Honor Roll schools, including:


  • Clear, specific learning objectives aligned to college and career readiness

  • Investing in human capital

  • Maintaining data and assessment systems to monitor school and student performance

  • Deploying resources and guidance to support schools’ efforts to prepare all students for college


"At a time when we are re-focusing on college and career readiness and closing the achievement gap, it is especially heartening to receive news of this year's CBEE Honor Roll," said Superintendent Sean McPhetridge. "This is yet another measure of the quality of our programs, the hard work of our teachers, and the leadership of our principals. It is also a testament to the many talents and gifts of our students and their families. Kudos to all!"


A full list of the Honor Roll schools and districts, as well as an explanation of the organization's methodology, can be found on the CBEE’s website.