California Virtual Academy (CAVA) at San Mateo named a 2015 Honor Roll school

CAVA at San Mateo was just awarded the “Star Schools” award by the Educational Results Partnership (ERP) and the Campaign for Business and Education Excellence (CBEE). This honor is given to schools in economically-disadvantaged districts that have sustained remarkable gains in proficiency and academic outcomes, while sharply narrowing achievement gaps among students. It’s a big honor and all of CAVA is excited and proud of the San Mateo school.

“When we close achievement gaps, we set our children on a path of productivity that not only leads to success in the classroom, but also prepares them to contribute to and benefit from a more productive economy,” said Bernie Vidales, Superintendent of Jefferson Elementary School District, which authorizes the charter school.

“It is a great accomplishment and a testament to the commitment of the school’s teachers and staff to student achievement and continuous improvement,” Mr. Vidales said.

The CBEE Honor Roll was established in 2005 and is the only program in California that draws solely from student achievement outcomes using data and analytics to base its criteria for recognition.

The program has accumulated the nation’s largest database on student achievement at the state, college, district and school levels, which is available to the public at no cost.

“Making the Honor Roll is a credit to our entire school community of teachers, counselors, administrators, and parents who are dedicated to educating children and doing what is right,” said Don Burbulys, President of the charter school’s non-profit Board of Directors.

Jim Lanich, ERP President and CEO, notes that the Honor Roll underscores the fact that, contrary to popular belief, many schools are succeeding. “Students are achieving at higher levels than anyone admits and more students than ever are succeeding when given the opportunity,” he said.

“All schools, no matter what zip code they are in, can achieve this kind of success,” Mr. Lanich added.

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