Sierra Madre Elementary 1 of 3 PUSD Schools Recognized for High Student Academic Achievement, Closing Achievement Gaps

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Press Release posted 3/10/14 – The Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD) announced today that Hamilton Elementary School, Roosevelt Elementary School and Sierra Madre Elementary School have been selected by California Business for Education Excellence (CBEE) to receive the title of 2013 Honor Roll school. The 2,099 public schools in California receiving this distinction from the California business community have demonstrated consistently high levels of student academic achievement, improvement in achievement levels over time and reduction in achievement gaps among student populations.

“We are proud that these three schools are being recognized by California’s business community as Honor Roll schools,” said PUSD Superintendent Jon R. Gundry. “Our teachers and administrators work tirelessly to keep the focus on high expectations and student academic achievement and I am pleased that this dedication is paying off.”

“Having high standards, effective school leadership, and staying focused on student academic achievement has paid off for these Honor Roll Schools,” said Lee Blitch, CBEE Chairman and past CEO, San Francisco Chamber of Commerce.  “These schools are an inspiration.

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.

“Our goal is to highlight these amazing schools who have been succeeding with our kids.  Their practices can be replicated but only if those looking know where the status quo is unacceptable and where success and myth busting is taking place,” said Jim Lanich, CBEE president.  “All schools–no matter what zip code they are in– can achieve this kind of success.”

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. A full list of the Honor Roll schools can be found at