Nearly 100 San Diego County schools from 19 school districts have been selected
by California Business for Education Excellence (CBEE) to receive the title of
2012 Honor Roll school. They are among only 2,108 public schools in California
to receive this honor.
Schools receiving this distinction from the
California business community 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.
CBEE Honor Roll is comprised of “Star Schools” Award (871 schools) and “Scholar
Schools” Award (1,237) schools. CBEE Star Schools are those with significant
populations of socio-economically disadvantaged students that have shown a
significant increase in grade-level proficiency over time. CBEE Scholar Schools
are schools that are showing significant levels of academic achievement, but do
not have a significant socio-economically disadvantaged student population.
“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
The Honor Roll list grew from 261 schools in 2005 to the
current 2,108 for 2012. A full list of the Honor Roll schools, including the 90
from San Diego County, can be found at www.cbee.org.
The annual Honor
Roll award is made possible with support from numerous businesses and
organizations including State Farm, Macy’s, Edison International, Wells Fargo,
Southern California Auto Club, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, the California Business
Roundtable, and several private foundations. Chevron Corporation provided
specific support in the creation of the STEM Honor Roll.