Rocklin schools awarded 2009 Honor Roll status

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Eight Rocklin Unified schools recently earned the distinction of 2009 Honor Roll schools. Rocklin Unified School District recently announced that Cobblestone, Twin Oaks, Valley View, Rock Creek and Ruhkala elementary schools and Granite Oaks Middle School and Whitney and Rocklin high schools have been selected by California Business for Education Excellence and Just for the Kids-California as eight of 1,304 public schools in California to receive the title of 2009 Honor Roll School. Each of the schools was publicly honored by the Board of Trustees at the regular meeting on Jan. 20, where each school principal was present to receive a certificate and banner to display at their school sites commemorating this award and recognition. Schools receiving this distinction from California’s business community have demonstrated consistently high student academic achievement and have made significant progress toward closing achievement gaps among all their students. The Honor Roll is made up of two different awards, the Star Schools Award (395 schools) and Scholar Schools Award (909 schools). “We are extremely proud to have eight of our district schools selected as Honor Roll Schools and be recognized and honored by California’s business community,” said Linda Rooney, deputy superintendent. “The staff, students and parents are committed to excellence in instruction and outstanding academic achievement. This recognition is the result of dedication to providing exemplary educational opportunities to all students.” No other school recognition program in California uses hard data, individual school and student subgroup performance data based on the California Standards Tests and the California High School Exit Exam, to evaluate school academic performance. It is only by looking at this hard data, student test scores and evaluating students and schools based on grade-level proficiency of the California standards, that educators, parents and the public can thoroughly understand what is happening in the schools and ensure that schools are on track to get all kids to grade-level proficiency. Over the past four years, the Honor Roll list has grown from 304 schools in 2006 to 1,304 schools in 2009. Both Breen and Valley View elementary schools were honored in 2007 while Breen, Sierra, Valley View and Ruhkala elementaries and Rocklin High School were honored and recognized in 2008. A full list of the Honor Roll schools, sorted alphabetically by county, can be found at “Schools on the Honor Roll dispel the myth that certain students can’t reach grade-level proficiency and that schools with a challenging student population won’t be able to succeed,” said Greg Jones, California Business for Education Excellence chair. “These schools are overcoming challenges every day. The business community continues to be impressed by the growing number of California public schools that make the Honor Roll each year and that are getting the job done for our students.” California Business for Education Excellence Star Schools are those with significant populations of socio-economically disadvantaged students that have shown a significant increase in grade-level proficiency over four years for all subgroups. California Business for Education Excellence Scholar Schools are schools that are showing significant levels of academic achievement, but do not have a significant socio-economically disadvantaged student population. Each of the schools honored in the Rocklin Unified School District are recognized as California Business for Education Excellence Scholar Schools. ~ Staff report