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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Schools in Echo Park and Solano Canyon honored with national awards

The U.S. Department of Education today recognized Clifford Street Elementary in Echo Park and Solano Avenue Elementary in Solano Canyon as "Blue Ribbon Schools." Blue Ribbon schools are held up as national role models for showing dramatic improvement or continuing to demonstrate high levels of educational performance with a large numbers of disadvantaged students.

Clifford and Solano were among about 314 public and private schools that were named as Blue Ribbon campuses this year. Both schools small student populations but big academic scores: Clifford has fewer than 200 students and an API score of 836; Solano has about 260 students and an API score of 912.

"It is a great reward for all the hard work that goes on at this school," said Clifford school teacher Rick Powels.

The Department of Education said the schools are selected based on two areas:

"Schools whose students, regardless of background, achieve in the top 10 percent of their state on state tests or in the case of private schools in the top 10 percent of the nation on nationally-normed tests; and Schools with at least 40 percent of their students from disadvantaged backgrounds that demonstrate dramatic improvement of student performance to high levels on state tests or nationally-normed tests."

Top photo from Clifford Street Elementary website; bottom from Solano Avenue Elementary website

1 comment:

  1. This is fantastic! There used to be this mythology that public schools in EP and other "hoods" were ineffective, horribly flawed. It really used to bother me that my fellow neighbors would opt for private schools for their kids, instead of waking up and realizing that via the property taxes paid out, the public schools were OUR collective issue to wrangle with, not walk away from. After all, if you want public schools to improve and provide quality education, you the parent and tax payer must get involved. Yes?