Arroyo Vista and Monterey Hills Elementary Schools were named 2018 California Distinguished Schools, the California Department of Education (CDE) announced Monday.

They were two of 287 elementary schools statewide to receive the honor.

“These schools implement outstanding educational programs and practices that help California students realize their potential, and put them on the path to achieve their dreams,” State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson said. “Every day at these schools, teachers, administrators and classified employees, working with parents, apply their dedication, creativity, and talents toward providing a great education for all their students.”

According to a CDE press release, the award “recognizes California elementary schools that have made exceptional gains in implementing academic content and performance standards adopted by the State Board of Education.”

Schools that apply for the award are evaluated on their improvements in test scores, suspension rates, and English learner progress.

California Distinguished Schools replaces the California Gold Ribbon Schools Program.

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