The California Gold Ribbon Schools Award was created to honor schools in place of the California Distinguished Schools Program, which is on hiatus while California creates new assessment and accountability systems.
Schools applied for the award based on a model program or practice their school has adopted that includes standards-based activities, projects, strategies, and practices that can be replicated by other local educational agencies. The award recognized middle and high schools in 2015, and El Segundo Middle School was honored as a Gold Ribbon School for its International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Program.
Introduced in 2013, the Gold Ribbon Awards reflect California State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson’s goals outlined in his “A Blueprint for Great Schools” report, which provides direction for California’s education system. “These schools shine as bright beacons for others, putting forth an exemplary effort to ensure that every student is ready for 21st century college and careers,” said Torlakson of the 2016 honorees. “California teachers are developing an education model for the nation, training the students of today to be problem-solvers, inventors and pioneers of tomorrow.”