Heron and Two Rivers named ‘Honor Roll’ schools by statewide business coalition

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Heron and Two Rivers have been named “Honor Roll” schools by a California business coalition that analyzed academic performance, improvement in achievement over time, and reducing achievement gaps among student populations.

The Campaign for Business and Education Excellence, a nonprofit group that describes itself as the “business community’s leading voice in education in California,” listed the two NUSD-operated schools and an independent charter, Natomas Pacific Pathways Prep Middle School, on its 1,851-school “Honor Roll” released this week.

Two Rivers received the award for the second consecutive year by CBEE, which has created an annual honor roll for the past 10 years.

Superintendent Chris Evans said the selection of Two Rivers and Heron by a business coalition committed to 21st century learning is consistent with NUSD’s Board –approved vision that all students graduate as college and career ready, productive, responsible, and engaged global citizens.

“This award for two of our campuses is another indication that we’re moving in the right direction,” Evans said. “It celebrates what we’re committed to achieving in Natomas Unified: high academic performance, progress over time, and easing the achievement gap. We’re pleased by this honor.”

To choose its Honor Roll schools, CBEE said it used the most recent data available, including 2013 California Standards Test results and 2014 science test results released by the California Department of Education. CBEE’s full list of Honor Roll schools is available here: http://ca.edresults.org/HonorRoll/.

“These schools that succeed in reducing the achievement gap and preparing their students for college and careers should be celebrated,” said Lee Blitch, CBEE chairman and former chief executive officer of the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce. “There are schools all over California that are leaders in ensuring their students are getting the best quality of education. Those schools need to be recognized.”