• Four CNUSD Elementaries Honored as California Distinguished Schools

    Harada, Franklin, Vicentia and Wilson recognized by California Department of Education for outstanding performance


    Franklin  Harada  Vicentia  Wilson
    Harada, Franklin, Vicentia and Wilson Elementary Schools received the 2012 California Distinguished Schools Award. This award honors schools that have demonstrated educational excellence for all students and progress in narrowing the achievement gap. Site validation visits were conducted in March, and state Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced the award recipients on March 29, 2012.


    “We are very proud of the four schools for receiving this great honor,” said Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services Robert Taylor, Ed.D. “The Distinguished School Award validates all the hard work and dedication of the staff, highlights the school leadership and validates the strong parental support.”


    In order to be considered for the Distinguished Schools Award, elementary schools must have a 2011 growth API score of 832 or higher and also meet the specific Closing the Achievement Gap (CTAG) criteria based upon the school’s student population.


    “It has become more challenging to meet the minimum requirements to even be considered for this award, and these schools have demonstrated tremendous growth in a variety of areas, including closing the achievement gap,” said Taylor.


    According to the California Department of Education website, the state has made closing the achievement gap a top priority and strongly believes that making schools work for all students, regardless of their background, condition or circumstances, is an imperative for a strong education system and a strong California.


    Twenty-six CNUSD schools have received Distinguished Schools Awards in the past 25 years, including current honoree Franklin Elementary in 2008.


    Visit www.cnusd.k12.ca.us later in April to learn more about the schools awarded, and to learn more about the California Distinguished Schools Program, visit http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/sr/cs/.