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Garfield: Honor roll ranking

James Garfield Elementary was recently named to the 2017-2018 Educational Results Partnership’s California Honor Roll for helping students test at grade level and beyond.

SELMA – James Garfield Elementary School Principal Monica Chapa announced the school has been named to the 2017-2018 Educational Results Partnership’s California Honor Roll.

“Our teachers, administrators and district are committed to investing in the hearts and minds of the future at Garfield School and in Selma,” Chapa said. “We are pleased to see our hard work and dedication translating to positive outcomes for all of our students.”

The school is being recognized through a program sponsored by the Campaign for Business and Education Excellence. Garfield is one of 1,798 public schools in California to achieve this honor.

“After an extensive analysis of student data for every public school in California, James Garfield Elementary was a clear leader in getting students to grade level and beyond,” Educational Results Partnership (ERP) President James S. Lanich said.

ERP maintains the nation’s largest database on student achievement and utilizes this data to identify higher-performing schools and districts. Schools that receive the ERP Honor Roll distinction have demonstrated consistently high levels of student academic achievement, improvement in achievement levels over time, and a reduction in achievement gaps among student populations.

The common set of success factors found in these schools across the nation included:

  • Clear, specific learning objectives aligned to college and career readiness
  • Evidence-based instructional practices
  • Establishing systemwide mission of college and career readiness for all students
  • Investing in human capital
  • Maintaining data and assessment systems to monitor school and student performance
  • Deploying resources and guidance to support preparation of all students for college and career

The school was given a banner to display on campus and will be featured on the partnership’s website where educators and policymakers seeking out high-performing schools will see their results and can replicate their success.

“We are committed to closing achievement gaps and removing educational obstacles for historically disadvantaged students,” Lanich said. “These bright spot schools and districts are implementing programs and practices that are improving educational equity and accelerating student success. We need to shine a spotlight on their work and encourage others to replicate it.”

See information on Garfield on the ERP Honor Roll online at

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