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Salinas, Calif. – Today, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson named four Monterey County schools among the 772 elementary schools honored under the Gold Ribbon Schools Awards Program. Creekside Elementary, Monte Bella Elementary, and Virginia Rocca Barton Elementary from the Alisal Union School District, and Robert Down Elementary from the Pacific Grove Unified School District are recipients of the 2016 California Gold Ribbon School Award.
“The Monterey County Office of Education is proud to have four Gold Ribbon distinctions recognizing the model programs in place to help all of our students achieve,” said Dr. Nancy Kotowski, County Superintendent of Schools. “These four schools are being recognized for exemplary programs that are preparing students to meet today’s rigorous academic standards and can be replicated in other schools throughout California.
The California Gold Ribbon Schools Award was created to honor schools in place of the California Distinguished Schools Program, which is on hiatus while California creates new assessment and accountability systems. Nearly 6,000 elementary schools were eligible to apply this year. The award recognized middle and high schools in 2015.
The Gold Ribbon awards recognize California schools that have made gains in implementing the academic content and performance standards adopted by the State Board of Education. These include the California Standards for English Language Arts and Mathematics, California English Language Development Standards, and Next Generation Science Standards.
“These schools shine as bright beacons for others, putting forth an exemplary effort to ensure that every student is ready for 21st century college and careers,” Torlakson said. “California teachers are developing an education model for the nation, training the students of today to be the problem-solvers, inventors, and pioneers of tomorrow.”
The Monterey County schools will be recognized later this month during a regional ceremony held in Santa Clara.
For more information on the program, please visit the California Gold Ribbon Schools Program page on the California Department of Education’s website at www.cde.ca.gov/ta/sr/gr/.
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