Napa Valley RegisterNapa High School in Napa and Robert Louis Stevenson Middle School in St. Helena and have been named 2017 California Gold Ribbon Schools.Napa High School is being recognized for their signature practice: “Partnerships for Learning: New Tech Network and AVID.”Robert Louis Stevenson Middle School is being recognized for their signature practice: “Building Positive School Culture and Climate.” State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced that 275 middle schools and high schools are being honored under the Gold Ribbon Schools Awards program.“These terrific schools are leading the way in embracing our new rigorous academic standards and showing others how to help students succeed on their way to 21st century careers and college,” Torlakson said.The California Gold Ribbon Schools Award was created to honor schools in place of the California Distinguished Schools Program, which is on hiatus while California creates new assessment, accountability, and continuous improvement systems. Officials said 477 middle schools and high schools applied this year.Schools applied for the award based on a model program or practice their school has adopted that includes standards-based activities, projects, strategies, and practices that can be replicated by other local educational agencies. The award acknowledged elementary schools last year.The Gold Ribbon Awards recognize California schools that have made gains in implementing the academic content and performance standards adopted by the State Board of Education. These include the California Standards for English Language Arts and Mathematics, California English Language Development Standards, and Next Generation Science Standards.

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