Five Santa Barbara County Schools Named as Distinguished Schools

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Franklin Elementary School (Photo: SBUSD)

Source: Santa Barbara County Education Office

State Superintendent of Schools Tony Thurmond named five Santa Barbara County schools as 2020 California Distinguished Schools by the California Department of Education (CDE), yesterday. The honorees are Aliso Elementary School in the Carpinteria Unified School District, College School in the College School District, Kellogg Elementary in the Goleta Union School District, Franklin Elementary School in the Santa Barbara Unified School District, and Solvang Elementary School in the Solvang School District.

"We are proud of the exceptional education programs and practices at these school sites. This award highlights their outstanding work, and we are thrilled their work resulted in this recognition," said Santa Barbara County Superintendent of Schools Susan Salcido.

The Distinguished Schools program recognizes schools based on performance and progress on the state indicators as specified on the California School Dashboard. Indicators include test scores, suspension rates, and conditions and climate. Elementary schools and secondary schools are recognized in alternate years; therefore, awardees hold the title for two years.

Every year, two of California's Distinguished Schools Awardees are also eligible to be recognized as a National Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) Distinguished Schools Awardee.

The 2020 California School Recognition Program Awards Ceremony will take place on Monday, February 10, 2020, at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California. 

A list of past California Distinguished Schools in Santa Barbara County can be found here: http://teacherprograms.sbceo.org/distinguished-school-awards/.

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Factotum Dec 21, 2019 10:44 AM
Five Santa Barbara County Schools Named as Distinguished Schools

What is wrong with this picture: "Even though California is the state with the largest percentage of residents 25 and older who never finished ninth grade and the smallest percentage who graduated from high school, California law requires children to stay in school until they are 18. “California’s compulsory education laws require children between six and eighteen years of age to attend school, with a limited number of specified exceptions,” says California’s Legislative Analyst’s Office."

a-1582466818 Dec 20, 2019 07:57 AM
Five Santa Barbara County Schools Named as Distinguished Schools

Franklin Elementary Distinguished? Students test 13% proficient meaning 87% can’t read or do basic grade level math. SBUnified fails to prepare these students for secondary. Too many bomb, frustrated and discouraged, at SB Jr and Sr High Schools. Oops, almost forgot Former Principal Vale’s words of wisdom: SB needs housekeepers, nannies and restaurant workers, too. Academic mastery isn’t all important. Exemplary manners and cleanliness serve students well.

mm1970 Dec 20, 2019 04:47 PM
Five Santa Barbara County Schools Named as Distinguished Schools

@3:24PM "I've heard"...well, I have looked at the actual data. Which includes the # of students tested vs the number enrolled. Parents are allowed to decline the testing. For 2018, the statistics of students tested: 3rd grade 59 tested out of 61 enrolled. 4th- 83/ 86. 5th - 81/81. 6th - 68/69. That means that only 6 students were not tested in all 4 grades....................... "It has always been a bad school", well I invite you to actually go to the state website and look at the data. Test scores are increasing, ELA test scores are higher than Roosevelt (and math scores are the same). ......................................... It is a bit of a pain to manually download the data (you literally have to select each school year, each grade level, each school, and ELA + math individually. However, I have done that for the last 3 years for 12 different schools from Goleta/Hope/SB districts, and the numbers are very impressive. Easier than doing all that - the website will allow you to choose up to 3 schools to compare at the same time.

mm1970 Dec 20, 2019 09:46 AM
Five Santa Barbara County Schools Named as Distinguished Schools

Your numbers are most certainly wrong. From the CAASPP website for Franklin's test scores (I downloaded a BUNCH of data from a dozen or so schools recently): Percentage of Franklin students AT or EXCEEDING grade level in ELA from 2015 to 2018: 36% - 41% - 56% - 57%. Percentage of Franklin students AT or EXCEEDING grade level in Math from 2015 to 2018: 34% - 37% - 48% - 49%. That is FANTASTIC improvement over four years and is occurring across all grade levels. THAT is why they are a distinguished school. In fact, their 2018 ELA test scores were higher than Roosevelt at every grade level.

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