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2017 Middle and High School Eligibility Criteria

Eligibility Criteria for the 2017 California Gold Ribbon Schools Program

Applying to the 2017 California Gold Ribbon Schools Award is based upon school interest and self-evaluation. This change in process was used for the 2015 secondary school awards and 2016 elementary school cycle. Middle and high schools will be recognized in 2017.

These schools must meet:

  • Eligible Grade Levels
  • Number of Years in Operation
  • Assessment & Accountability Results
  • Sanction Status
Eligibility

The California Department of Education has developed standard criteria to define schools as elementary, middle or high. For the purposes of the Gold Ribbon Schools Program, schools are required to use the school type assigned to them by those criteria. A school defined as "middle" or "high" on their "school ownership code" (SOC) meets the eligibility requirement for 2017. By definition, a middle or high school contains:

  • High:
    School offering services to, or serving students in, any of grade levels seven through twelve, unless the school meets the grade level conditions for intermediate.

  • Intermediate (Includes Middle and Junior High):
    School offering services to, or serving students in, any of grade levels five through nine.

For more information about your school's school type, please refer to CDE's School Directory Web page.

Schools listed on the middle and high schools eligibility chart (XLS; Updated 31-Oct-2016) are eligible to apply for the 2017 award as long as they were not a 2015 recipient.

Previous Gold Ribbon School Status

Current status as a California Gold Ribbon Middle or High School for 2015 makes a school ineligible to apply for the Gold Ribbon Schools (GRS) Award in this 2017 cycle.

Number of Years in Operation

Schools must have been operating through the 2015-16 school year in order to have sufficient time to plan, implement, and monitor program outcomes.

Accountability Results

The Distinguished School Program previously utilized school-level data to determine a school's eligibility. As components of the new accountability system have been approved by the State Board of Education and the CAASPP test scores are available, schools must certify that their percentage of students who Met or Exceeded standards on the ELA and Math Smarter Balanced Assessment for the 2015-16 testing cycle is higher than the statewide average for the same grade span. (i.e. a high school’s percentage of students in the eleventh grade, exceeding or meeting standards, must be higher than the statewide average for eleventh grade students meeting or exceeding standards).

The GRS Program asks schools to self-nominate if they believe they are making exceptional progress in their effort to successfully implement the newly adopted state standards in addition to academic content and performance standards adopted by the State Board for all pupils, including English learners. Schools must be able to show how implementation efforts have been monitored and assessed through multiple measures.

 

Table 1: Percentage of Students Meeting or Exceeding State Standards for English Language Arts/Literacy on 2015-16 Smarter Balanced Test

Grade

Percent of Students who Met or Exceeded Standards

Percent of Students who Exceeded Standards

Percent of Students who Met Standards

Grade 5

49%

21%

28%

Grade 6

48%

17%

31%

Grade 7

48%

15%

33%

Grade 8

48%

14%

34%

Grade 11

59%

26%

33%

Table 2: Percentage of Students Meeting or Exceeding State Standards for Math on 2015-16 Smarter Balanced Test

Grade

Number of Students who Met or Exceeded Standards

Percent of Students who Exceeded Standards

Percent of Students who Met Standards

Grade 5

33%

17%

16%

Grade 6

35%

17%

18%

Grade 7

36%

17%

19%

Grade 8

36%

19%

17%

Grade 11

33%

13%

20%

 
Civil Rights Sanction Status

Any school that has been placed on a sanction status:

  • Schools within districts that have outstanding findings of civil rights statue violations or pending lawsuits with the Department of Justice regarding civil rights statutes continue to be eligible to apply. Only egregious violations or non-compliance by districts may prevent a school from receiving the California Gold Ribbon School designation. During the application process, the Office of Equal Opportunity within CDE reviews all applicant schools (districts) that are being considered for the award.
Schools with Outstanding State and Federal Issues of Non-Compliance

While outstanding issues of non-compliance do not affect a school's eligibility, districts should be aware that any school with an unresolved compliance issue, defined as a required action issued by the CDE as a result of a Uniform Complaint Procedure Appeal investigation, may be prevented from receiving the California Gold Ribbon School designation.

 
Questions:   Awards Unit | awards@cde.ca.gov | 916-319-0842
Last Reviewed: Wednesday, November 2, 2016