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Solano Earns 2009 Blue Ribbon Award

 

The blue ribbon became associated with the best of the best with the creation more than four centuries ago of an elite group of French knights known as “Le Cordon Bleu.” In English, the designation became popularly associated with first place and championship in 1838 with the inauguration of “The Blue Riband” prize, awarded to passenger ships for the fastest crossing of the Atlantic Ocean in the toughest direction.

Today, the national designation made annually by the U.S. Department of Education— the highest award an American school can receive--recognizes public and private elementary, middle and high schools that are either academically superior in their state or that “beat the odds” by demonstrating dramatic gains in student achievement including top tier state test scores despite challenges such as widespread poverty, tough neighborhoods, tight budgets, high concentration of English Language Learners, broad diversity or rapid teacher turnover.

Of the 264 public schools that received the 2009 distinction, six are in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD). All have earned Academic Performance Index (API) scores well above the state goal of 800.  Solano Avenue Elementary School (API 915) Representatives Shannon Garrison and Richard Hickcox attended ceremonies and events in the nation's capital in recognition of their schools' exemplary academic achievement.

LAUSD Superintendent Ramon C. Cortines lauded the principals, teachers, staff, students and their parents or guardians who contributed to the national success. "This recognition reflects excellent instruction, a strong focus on academic achievement, a learning environment that meets the needs of all students, and stellar results,"Cortines said. "These jewels of LAUSD outperform schools with similar enrollments throughout California and demonstrate one of our core beliefs: all children can learn and excel."

Los Angeles Unified School District
OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS News Release
Nov. 6, 2009
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