SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- 33 San Diego County elementary schools were honored under the Distinguished Schools Program by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson Monday.
The program, which returned this year after a three-year break, replaces the California Gold Ribbon Schools Program.
Schools were eligible based on test scores, suspension rates and English learner progress.
Among those listed: Veterans Elementary (Chula Vista Elementary District), Green Elementary (San Diego Unified School District), Garfield Elementary (San Diego Unified School District), Monterey Ridge Elementary (Poway Unified), Ocean View Hills (San Ysidro Elementary), and Solana Pacific Elementary.
“These schools implement outstanding educational programs and practices that help California students realize their potential, and put them on the path to achieve their dreams,” Torlakson said.
“Every day at these schools, teachers, administrators and classified employees, working with parents, apply their dedication, creativity, and talents toward providing a great education for all their students.”
According to the California Department of Education website, California is using a multiple measures accountability system to identify eligible schools based on their performance and progress on the state indicators as specified on the California School Dashboard. Eligible schools (Kindergarten thru eighth grade) were selected based on their performance and progress on the state indicators, which include test scores, suspension rates, and English learner progress.
The Chula Vista Elementary School District was awarded CDE's 2018 California Exemplary Program Award. These award winners represent examples of not just excellent teaching, learning, and collaborating, but also highly successful school climate efforts, ranging from real time conflict resolution to positive behavior intervention. The CDE listed Loma Verde as an example of this year's honorees:
Loma Verde Elementary School, Chula Vista Elementary School District: Located only six miles from the border to Mexico, English learners make up the majority of this school’s population, and 77 percent of students are categorized as low-income students. Through implementing a “Guided Language Acquisition Design Model” emphasizing language-learning chants, collaborative discussions, and inquiry-based learning, the school raised its CAASPP scores over a two-year period. English learners improved CAASPP scores by 24 percent for math and 23 percent for English over two years. And low-income students increased scores by 24 percent in English and 19 percent in math over two years.
Award recipients will be honored in May during a ceremony at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim, the CDE said.
Full list of 2018 California Distinguished Schools in San Diego County below:
Cajon Valley Union - Bostonia Language Academy
Cardiff Elementary - Ada W. Harris Elementary
Carlsbad Unified - Aviara Oaks Elementary
Carlsbad Unified - Pacific Rim Elementary
Chula Vista Elementary - Cook (Hazel Goes) Elementary
Chula Vista Elementary - Loma Verde Elementary
Chula Vista Elementary - Veterans Elementary
Fallbrook Union Elementary - San Onofre Elementary
Poway Unified - Monterey Ridge Elementary
Poway Unified - Park Village Elementary
Poway Unified - Willow Grove Elementary
San Diego Unified - Barnard Elementary
San Diego Unified - Benchley/Weinberger Elementary