On behalf of California Business for Education Excellence, I write to congratulate you, your staff and the following schools in your district which are being recognized by the business community for their outstanding success in raising student academic achievement:
Stanley G. Oswalt Academy
After an extensive analysis of student achievement data for every public school in California, these schools stood well above the rest in getting their students to grade level proficiency and beyond. It is for that reason we have named them a 2011 California Business for Education Excellence Honor Roll School.
The list of Honor Roll schools continues to grow thanks to the hard work and effective practices of thousands of excellent district leaders, principals, teachers and support personnel in our public schools. Since 2006 the Honor Roll increased from 304 high performing schools to an inspiring 1,614 high performing schools in 2011. This is a testament to the relentless focus on results for students that these schools have shown over the years. It is also a strong statement about how success is occurring and spreading in public schools across the state.
Through the Honor Roll your schools will be recognized in local and state media as well as events across the state. Their success stories will provide hope and direction for many other public schools -- that all students can reach high levels of academic achievement. Each school will also receive a large full sized banner that can be proudly displayed to announce their accomplishment. We sent a congratulations letter to the principals of all Honor Roll schools, as well as information on how to order a banner.
Your district office is encouraged to promote these schools as 2011 Honor Roll winners. To assist you in that effort, please visit the CBEE website (www.cbee.org) and click on theHonor Roll logo for a sample press release and logos you can use in materials, announcements and your own website.
You can also visit the EdResults.org website for more detail about the Honor Roll and to find your schools’ data profile at http://www.edresults.org/honorroll/honorroll11/. Also check the new STEM Honor Roll for any of your schools that may have made the list. These are higher poverty, Honor Roll schools that are the highest performing for math and science.
Our heartfelt congratulations and thank you to you and your schools for a job well done. We look forward to telling your schools’ stories and promoting your success.
James S. Lanich, Ph.D.