Indian Hills Elementary has made a special Honor Roll – one based exclusively on analytics and student achievement outcomes.
The Jurupa USD campus has been named a 2015 Honor Roll school by the Educational Results Partnership and the Campaign for Business and Education Excellence. The Sacramento-based partners crunch data to highlight strong schools and promote workforce readiness.
As an Honor Roll school, Indian Hills has been recognized as a high-performing campus that's shown academic success and improvement over time while closing achievement gaps despite student poverty. About one-fifth of California K-12 schools made the Honor Roll in 2015.
At Indian Hills, Principal Victoria Jobe said the honor reflected directly on those who teach and support the students daily. Mrs. Jobe cited high expectations, dedication, communication with parents, and a shared desire to see students excel. "We have a very close-knit community," she said, "with a trusted cadre of teachers and staff."
The students, meanwhile, are "hard-working, very competitive, and really want to meet our expectations," said Mrs. Jobe. For example, pupils built more than 50 models of the California missions, now on display in the library. "Our kids don't do a project just to do it. They go beyond. … The detail (on the models) is amazing."
Much like the models of missions, the Honor Roll database offers insight beyond snapshots of student test scores. Analysts track outcomes such as courses taken, college completed and jobs landed – providing "K-Job" assessments that consider the full educational pipeline.
This emphasis on data and outcomes – tangible marks of success – helps make the recognition special for Indian Hills, which enrolls 650 students.
"The motto of Indian Hills is "Bobcat Tracks Lead To Success," Mrs. Jobe said. "It is the belief and understanding that all students can learn that has led Indian Hills to this recognition."
For more information on the Honor Roll, please visit: http://edresults.org/HonorRoll/HonorRoll.
To see the Honor Roll selection methodology, please visit: http://www.edresults.org/HonorRoll/HRMethodology.