On behalf of the California business community, California Business for Education Excellence (CBEE) and EdResults.org are pleased to recognize the 2011 highest performing, highest improving public schools in California. These 1,614 Honor Roll schools are consistently raising student academic achievement, closing achievement gaps and increasing college readiness for California’s students. In addition to being recognized for their accomplishments, these schools provide valuable best practice for other schools to learn from and replicate.
The Honor Roll is made up of two awards categories - Star Schools (527 schools) and Scholar Schools (1,087 schools). Unlike any other school recognition program, CBEE Honor Roll schools are selected by carefully analyzing individual school subgroup performance data over time, including overall achievement, improvement and achievement gap closure. For high schools, an additional measure of college readiness is analyzed.
CBEE Star Schools are public schools that serve student populations that are high poverty and usually have a high minority student body. While these schools face significant challenges, they are making tremendous progress bringing students to grade level proficiency and closing achievement gaps.
CBEE Scholar Schools are also consistent high academic achievers and should be recognized for their hard work. Scholar schools do not typically have the added challenge of closing achievement gaps, and in particular do not have a significant population of students in poverty.
New for 2011, the Honor Roll now recognizes a subset of the Star Schools that are particularly high achieving in math and science. These 100 schools make up the STEM Honor Roll and should be commended for their additional accomplishments.
From the Honor Roll page on the EdResults.org website, you can view lists Honor Roll schools by county. You can also view data “snap shots” of their performance, as well as demographic information. The “Sortable Honor Roll” link allows you to sort the lists of higher performing schools in order to rank them by the performance of a particular subgroup (for example, rank the highest performing Honor Roll schools for English Language Learners or Students With Disabilities).