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POSTED May 18, 2014 10:48 p.m.

For the fifth year in a row, Park View Elementary School was selected to the California Business for Education Excellence for Prestigious Honor Roll.

At last week’s Ripon Unified school board meeting, Principal Mona Ogden had her teachers display the banner that placed her site among the 2,099 public schools in the state to receive the title of 2013 Honor Roll.

“Our team works tirelessly to keep the focus on high expectations and student academic achievement and to continuously improving our practices,” she said. “It is wonderful to see hard work and dedication paying off for all of our students.”

Park View earned that distinction from the California business community by demonstrating consistent high levels of student academic achievement, improvement in achievement levels over time, and reduction in achievement gaps among the student population, Ogden said.

As for the CBEE Honor roll, it’s comprised of “Star Schools” and “Scholar Schools” with significant populations of socioeconomically disadvantaged students who have shown a significant increase in grade-level proficiency over time.

“Having high standards, effective school leadership, and staying focused on student academic achievement has paid off for these Honor Roll schools,” said Lee Blitch, CBEE chairman and past CEO of the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce. “These schools are an inspiration.”

Since 2005, this Honor Roll has grown from 261 schools to the current 2,099.

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