School may be out for summer, but the Arcadia Unified School District is still making the grade. For the second consecutive year, Arcadia Unified was named to the 2018 – 2019 Educational Results Partnership Honor Roll for its high achievement in student success. There are over 900 school districts in California, and Arcadia Unified is one of only 26 public school districts to receive this recognition.
This program, run by the nonprofit organization, ERP, and sponsored by the Campaign for Business and Education Excellence, is part of a national effort to identify higher-performing schools and districts that are improving student outcomes. ERP maintains the nation’s largest database on student achievement and employs data science to determine Honor Roll recipients.
“Every educator, staff member, and administrator on our team is dedicated to creating learner-centered environments, where positive educational outcomes can be a reality for every single one of our students,” said Dr. David Vannasdall, Arcadia Unified Superintendent. “Being recognized by educational and business leaders as one of the best school districts in California helps us know we are on track to achieving our purpose of challenging and inspiring students to make a positive and profound impact on their world.”
School districts that receive the ERP Honor Roll distinction have demonstrated consistent high levels of student academic achievement, improvement in achievement levels over time, and a reduction in achievement gaps among student populations. For districts with high schools, such as Arcadia Unified, the ERP Honor Roll recognition also includes measures of college readiness. Each of Arcadia Unified’s six elementary schools, three middle schools, and high school were also individually named as ERP Honor Roll schools.
“ERP is all about improving educational equity and promoting career readiness for all students, regardless of their family income, background or ZIP code,” said James Lanich, Ph.D., ERP president and CEO. “These Honor Roll schools and districts are living proof that our students can succeed when schools are committed to removing educational obstacles and accelerating student success. By focusing attention on these bright spots among our schools, we hope to change the conversation from ‘what’s wrong’ to ‘what’s working,’ and encourage others to replicate their success.”
In addition to this ERP Honor Roll recognition, Arcadia Unified achieved a rare feat of being named to the prestigious AP® District Honor Roll in consecutive years for 2017 and 2018. Likewise, Arcadia Unified was recently ranked by Niche.com as the District with the Best Teachers and the Best Place to Teach and landed in the top three best school districts in Los Angeles County. For more information about the Arcadia Unified School District, visit ausd.net, and for more information about the ERP Honor Roll, visit edresults.org.