DOWNEY – Old River Elementary has qualified for a California Gold Ribbon for demonstrating “exemplary achievements in implementing state standards in priority program areas.”
Tom Torlakson, the state superintendent of public instruction, made the announcement April 13. A total of 772 schools from across the state qualified for a California Gold Ribbon this school year.
“Such success is a direct result of your dedicated, creative and talented staff, and your supportive school community,” Torlakson said.
The focus of the California Gold Ribbon Schools Award is to recognize California schools that have made tremendous gains in implementing the academic content and performance standards adopted by the State Board of Education for all students, including English learners.
The California Gold Ribbon Schools Award was created to have a program focused on honoring schools while the California Distinguished Schools Program is on hiatus. This interim is due to the period of time required for California to transition to new assessment and accountability systems.
This new award, which began in 2014, recognized middle and high schools last year where Warren High School and Doty Middle School were selected.
This year’s awards were solely focused on honoring elementary schools.
A ceremony to honor Old River Elementary and other winners is planned for May.