Once again, Manzanita has been named an Honor Roll School for 2015 by the Educational Results Partnership, a nonprofit organization, who analyzes data to identify and recognize schools that are outperforming their peers.  Awards can be achieved in three different categories: Star Schools, STEM School s and Scholar Schools.

Star schools include high poverty, high performing schools that are closing the achievement gap between certain populations of students. The organization recognizes Scholar schools as those that are high performing without significant levels of low-income students and STEM schools as those with high poverty and high performance in math and science.

Manzanita Elementary was recognized as a Star honor roll school, along with 9 other Butte County Schools. Manzanita was also the only school in the Butte County, and  in fact only 1 of 117 schools in the state, to be recognized as a STEM honor roll school.

In a letter sent to Manzanita, the Educational Results Partnership noted that schools were selected as honor roll schools because they were leaders in preparing students.

“The 2015 Honor Roll recognizes public elementary, middle and high schools that demonstrate consistently high levels of student academic achievement, improvement in achievement over time, and reduction in achievement gaps. After an extensive analysis of data for every public school in California, the following schools in your school district were clear leaders in getting students to grade level and beyond,” the letter states.

In addition to these awards, Manzanita students also continue to excel on the new state tests.  Manzanita out-performed the state average on the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) assessments last spring. Students take these online tests in English language arts and mathematics in grades three-through-eight and eleven. Manzanita also topped the scores of all other districts in the county in both math and English Language Arts.

Statewide, 49 percent of students met or exceeded standards on the English test, and 37 percent scored at or above the standard on math, a gain of 5 percent on the English test and 4 percent on the math test from last year. At MESD, 54 percent passed the English test and 53 percent passed the math test.

Michelle Sanchez, Superintendent/Principal of Manzanita shared, “I am so proud of our students and their achievement on the state assessments and we are thrilled Manzanita has been recognized by Ed Results and the business community as honor roll schools. It is a great honor to have been chosen and is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our amazing students, staff, and community. Our school’s mission is focused on graduating students with strong academic and personal life skills. These results reinforce that we are on the right track in preparing our students with the skills they need to be successful in the 21st century.” Ms. Sanchez and math/science teacher Joanna McClellan will be sharing some of their best practices at the Forecasting the Future of our Students event being sponsored by the Ed Results Partnership on October 25th.