6 San Francisco schools recognized as ‘distinguished' by CA Dept. of Ed

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SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) California's Department of Education has recognized six San Francisco schools as Distinguished Schools, San Francisco Unified School District officials said Tuesday.

The 2018 Distinguished Schools Program recognized 287 California schools, serving students from kindergarten to eighth grade, that have made exceptional gains in implementing academic content and performance standards adopted by the State Board of Education.

The San Francisco schools being recognized this year are John Y. Chin Elementary, Lawton Alternative School, Claire Lilienthal School, George Peabody Elementary, Commodore Sloat Elementary and Ulloa Elementary.

"It's a great honor to be recognized for demonstrating outstanding performance or improvement among students," superintendent Vincent Matthews said in a statement. "I'm extremely proud of our award-winning schools, as well as our district, for the continued commitment to offer the highest 
quality education for San Francisco students."

This year marks the return of the program after a three-year hiatus and replaces the former California Gold Ribbon Schools Program, according to SFUSD officials.

The winning schools are determined by a multiple measures accountability system used by the state board and based on the schools' performance and progress in the categories of outstanding student 
performance, outstanding student performance with high poverty rate, and outstanding improvement and equity across student groups.

In addition to the Distinguished Schools, this year the state Department of Education named SFUSD as one of 22 California Exemplary Districts for improving school culture and climate through the district's 
work with the African American Achievement and Leadership Initiative, according to SFUSD officials.