The Pasadena Unified School District announced that two PUSD elementary schools, Henry Longfellow and Eugene Field, have been chosen as 2010 California Distinguished Schools. They join 482 other schools named by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O’Connell as the state’s most exemplary and inspiring public schools.
“The 2010 California Distinguished Schools have been selected because of their academic excellence and for narrowing achievement gaps,” said O’Connell. “These schools have persevered despite state budget cutbacks that have cut deeply into the budgets of local school districts.”
The California Distinguished School award recognizes elementary and secondary schools during alternate years. Although participation is voluntary, the award is considered a feather in the cap of districts who have winning campuses. Eligibility is based on the Academic Performance Index and Adequate Yearly Progress results measurements.
Edwin Diaz, PUSD Superintendent, remarked, “This is a tribute to the hard work and commitment to excellence by administrators, teachers, parents and students at Field and Longfellow Elementary. This award validates our focus on student achievement, professional development and parent and community engagement.”
Previous PUSD winners are Alexander Hamilton Elementary, Andrew Jackson Elementary, Grover Cleveland Elementary and Jefferson Primary and both Field and Longfellow have won the award before. Schools earning the Distinguished School title agree to share their practices with other schools and serve as mentors to other educators.
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