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Lampton Has Earned the California Distinguished School Award

Lampton Has Earned the California Distinguished School Award

On Monday, April 19, 2010, Lampton Elemntary School was named a California Distinguished School by the California Department of Education and State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Jack O'Connell. State Suprintendent Jack O'Connell called our school person]nally, to congratulate us. Lampton is one of over 5500 public elementary schools in California, and one of only 484 schools who earned this award.

Lampton earned the right to apply for this prestigious award because our school made significant growth on the state Academic Performance Index, and because we are closing the achievement gap for our English Learners (students not fluent in English), Hispanic/Latino Students, Economically Disadvantaged Students and Students with Disabilities. In 2009, these groups all exceeded the average state growth for the same population. In fact, our English Learners grew 74 API points, when their target was only 5 points. Bravo!

Lampton's application for this award was validated by a team of educators from the L A County Office of Education and from nearby school districts. On February 26, the validation team came to see our two signature practices in action. Our signature practices are our Balanced Literacy work and the staff development and coaching model used to train our teachers. The validation team visited every classroom and interviewed groups of teachers, coaches, and students. They also reviewed photos, sample lesson plans, staff development materials, and students achievement data.
At the completion of their visit, they recommended us for this prestigious award.

We are very proud of the work of our students and teachers here at Lampton. We truly have a distinguished bunch of scholars and educators. Congratulations, Everyone!