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Oak Chan Receives Distinguished School Award

RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif. – Oak Chan and Russell Ranch Elementary Schools are among the 424 schools that have been honored by the Department of Education as California 2014 Distinguished Schools.
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson recently announced that 424 public elementary schools would be California Distinguished Schools for their strong commitment and innovative approaches to improving student academic achievement.  
The two schools receiving the honor in the Folsom-Cordova District are Oak Chan, and Russell Ranch Elementaries.
“I applaud these strong, thriving schools that are making such impressive strides in preparing their students for continued success,” Torlakson said.  “This award is well-deserved by these school communities for their enduring dedication to high standards, hard work, and unwavering support.”
The California Distinguished Schools Program directly focuses on California’s students and their entitlement to an equitable and rigorous education. The California Distinguished School Award identifies and honors those schools, for they have demonstrated educational excellence for all students.
In order to be invited to apply for Distinguished School honors, schools must meet a variety of eligibility criteria including designated federal and state accountability measures.  
Applications are then reviewed by the California Department of Education for completeness by teams of educators from across the state under the direction of the California Department of Education. Each school receives a site visit by a team of educators to validate the full implementation of the submitted practices. The site visits are conducted as a collaborative effort between the CDE [California Department OF Education] and county superintendents of schools.