GRANADA HILLS CHARTER HIGH SCHOOL EARNS CALIFORNIA GOLD RIBBON HONOR
Award recognizes exceptional student progress in English and math
April 19, 2017 Granada Hills, California – Granada Hills Charter High School (GHC) has been awarded the California Gold Ribbon Award in recognition of the outstanding performance of its students in both English and math. The announcement was made Tuesday in Sacramento by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson
“All of us at Granada Hills Charter High School are honored that the state has recognized the tremendous success of our students and the hard work of our teachers and support staff,” said Executive Director Brian Bauer. “This award recognizes the dedication of everyone in the Granada Hills Charter family: students, teachers, staff and administrators. All of them are essential to providing the high-quality education our community deserves.”
To earn a Gold Ribbon, high schools must exceed state averages for student performance on California's Smarter Balanced Assessments. Along with measuring student performance, the California Gold Ribbon Schools Program also judges a school’s success in implementing a range of educational policies and programs, including local accountability plans. The Gold Ribbon program replaced the Distinguished Schools award, which honored schools based on student outcomes measured through standardized tests.
As part of the judging for the award, a team from the California Department of Education (CDE) visited GHC and observed co-taught classes in which a general education teacher and special education work as co-teachers in the same classroom serving special and general education students. The CDE team reviewed documents and interviewed teachers, paraprofessionals, students and parents regarding this model program. Team members particularly noted the high-quality of the co-taught classes and the professional development and other supports teachers receive at GHC and cited them as a model that other schools could replicate.
In receiving the Gold Ribbon honor, GHC continued to exceed the state benchmarks on California’s Smarter Balanced Assessments. In 2016, 80% of GHC students met or exceeded those benchmarks on the English assessment, compared to the state average of 59%. On the math assessment, 59% topped the benchmarks, compared to the state average of 33%. And GHC’s 95% graduation rate in 2015 (measured as part of the Gold Ribbon program) topped the state average of 82%.
As part of the Gold Ribbon program, CDE also recognized GHC as an Academic Achieving School. These are schools that receive Title I funds, which assist students living at or below the federal poverty line.
“We are especially pleased that this Gold Ribbon award acknowledges the cutting edge work of our general and special education programs that are helping students at Granada Hills Charter today and well into the future,” Bauer added. “These changes don’t always get noticed but are critical to maintaining a high-quality educational environment, which Granada Hills Charter is committed to providing.”
GHC will receive its award at an awards ceremony at the Sheraton Gateway in Los Angeles on May 15, 2017.