Schools recognized by two organizations for improving test scores

The Taft City School District announced last week that Conley School and Parkview School have been selected by Educational Results Partnership (ERP) and the Campaign for Business and Education Excellence (CBEE) as two of 1,866 public schools in California to receive the title of 2016 Honor Roll school.

Lisa Kindred, the principal for both schools, made the announcement to the Taft City School District Board of Education last week and showed the banners that will be displayed at both schools.

"I'm so very very proud of my third grade teachers," she said.
The awards were given in recognition of increases in standardized test scores and the testing begins at the third grade level

The Honor Roll is part of a national effort to identify higher-performing schools and highlight successful practices that improve outcomes for students. Schools receiving this distinction from leaders in the California academic and business communities have demonstrated consistent high levels of student academic achievement, improvement in achievement levels over time and reduction in achievement gaps among student populations. For High Schools, the Honor Roll recognition also includes measures of college readiness. The Honor Roll is comprised of two different awards, the "Star Schools" Award and the "Scholar Schools" Award.

Star Schools re 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.

"We are proud to recognize those schools and school districts who are succeeding in putting their students on a path of productivity that not only leads to success in the classroom, but also prepares them to contribute to and benefit from a more productive economy," said Greg Jones, ERP and CBEE Board Chairman. "Leadership from both education and the business community is critical to linking success from one system to the next, and ensuring that students have the knowledge and skills necessary to achieve a college degree and the financial security of a living wage job."