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Hart Middle School named 'California Golden Ribbon School'

Award recognizes schools that have made gains in implementing academic content, performance standards

Hart Middle School has been named a 2015 California Golden Ribbon School.

"This award is a great honor for our site and our District," said Hart principal Terry Conde. "It is a direct refection of the dedication, teamwork, and passion for education that is shared by our entire family of students, staff, teachers, volunteers, parents, and administrators here at Hart."

The Gold Ribbon awards, announced by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson, recognize California schools that have made gains in implementing the academic content and performance standards adopted by the State Board of Education.

These include, the California Standards for English Language Arts and Mathematics, California English Language Development Standards, and Next Generation Science Standards.

"These schools are academically successful, vibrant, and innovative centers of learning and teaching," Torlakson said. "They provide great examples of the things educators are doing right -- embracing rigorous academic standards, providing excellence and creativity in teaching, and creating a positive school climate."

Schools applied for the award based on a model program their school has adopted that includes standards-based activities, projects, strategies, and practices that can be replicated by other local educational agencies.

The new award is recognizing middle and high schools this year and elementary schools in 2016.

The California Gold Ribbon Schools Award was created to honor schools in place of the California Distinguished Schools Programs, which is on hiatus while California creates new assessment and accountability systems.

Hart, and other Gold Ribbon Schools, will be recognized later this month during regional ceremonies held in Sacramento, San Diego, Visalia and San Francisco.

The full list of 2015 California Golden Ribbon Schools can be found online.

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