Sacramento, CA: The Campaign for Business & Education Excellence (CBEE), has announced an impressive number of
higher-performing public schools across California. The schools are part of CBEE’s Honor Roll, a list of higher-performing,
high-poverty schools whose student’s achievement out pace comparable schools.
CBEE named 1851 Honor Roll schools overall, including 1328 high-poverty schools that are increasing academic performance
and closing the achievement gap, and 133 STEM schools that excel in science and mathematics.
A full list of the Honor Roll schools and districts can be found Here
The Honor Roll list grew from 261 schools when the program began in 2005 to the current 1851 for 2014. The number of Honor Roll STAR (higher poverty, high achieving) schools increased from 74 in 2005 to 1328 in 2014.
The 2014 Honor Roll includes public K-8 and high schools that are recognized for demonstrating consistently high levels of student academic achievement, improvement in achievement over time, and reduction in achievement gaps. For high schools, Honor Roll recognition includes measures of college readiness in students. This year, CBEE also recognized eleven higher performing; higher poverty school districts that include a high percentage of Honor Roll schools, and that are distinguished for their academic achievement and closing achievement gaps. Additionally, 133 STAR Honor Roll schools with higher poverty and higher performance in math and science are also being recognized.
“Many of our higher performing schools are not getting the recognition they deserve. Those schools that succeed in reducing
the achievement gap and preparing their students for higher education and careers should be celebrated,” said Lee Blitch, CBEE
Chairman and past CEO, San Francisco Chamber of Commerce. “There are schools all over California that are leaders in ensuring
their students are getting the best quality of education. Those schools need to recognized.”
Over time, CBEE has identified a common set of success factors in higher performing Honor Roll schools and districts.
These include clear, specific learning objectives aligned to college and career readiness, along with evidence-based
instructional practices; establishing system-wide mission of college and career readiness for all students; investing
in human capital; maintaining data and assessment systems to monitor school and student performance; and deploying
resources and guidance to support schools’ efforts to prepare all students for college.
“The American education system has a secret. Many schools are actually doing well… the Honor Roll proves it.
Students are achieving at higher levels than anyone admits and more students than ever are succeeding when given
the opportunity.” said Jim Lanich, CBEE president. “All schools, no matter what zip code they are in, can
achieve this kind of success and leadership from the business community is critical to ensuring successes for
The annual Honor Roll program is made possible with support from numerous businesses and organizations including State
Farm, Macy’s, Wells Fargo, Southern California Auto Club, Enterprise Rent‐A‐Car and several private foundations.
Chevron Corporation provided specific support in the creation of the STEM Honor Roll.