Performance – 2015 National Blue Ribbon School and 2014 Distinguished School!

Performance – 2015 National Blue Ribbon School and 2014 Distinguished School!

Montclair Elementary 2015 National Blue Ribbon School


The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program recognizes public and private elementary, middle, and high schools based on their overall academic excellence or their progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups.

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan recognized 335 schools as National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2015 based on their overall academic excellence or their progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups. These schools demonstrate that all students can achieve to high levels. The schools represent public and non-public elementary, middle and high schools, including traditional, charter, magnet schools, parochial and independent schools in 45 States, and Department of Defense Education Activity schools in Fort Bragg, North Carolina, Germany and Korea. The Department honored all 285 public and 50 private schools at a recognition ceremony on Nov. 9-10, 2015 at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C. Each school received an award plaque and a flag as symbols of their accomplishments. In its 33-year history, more than 8,000 of America’s schools have received the coveted National Blue Ribbon Schools award.


California Distinguished School

California Distinguished School

2010 and 2014 California Distinguished School Award Recipient.

In 2010 and AGAIN in 2014!! Montclair Elementary was recognized as a California Distinguished School.  This award honors some of California’s most exemplary and inspiring public schools. Schools selected for the Distinguished School Award demonstrate significant gains in narrowing the achievement gap.  Due to a rotating state recognition program, Montclair is eligible to apply every 4 years. A letter from Senator Barbara Boxer confirming and congratulating Montclair’s California Distinguished School status can been seen below. California State Academic Performance Index Reports.

Smarter Balanced Assessment System (SBAC)

Montclair Elementary 2016 SBAC scores can be viewed here:

 Montclair Elementary 2015 SBAC scores can be viewed here:

What are the Smarter Balanced Assessments?

Knowing that public schools are preparing students for the challenges of the future, California has developed a comprehensive plan for high-quality teaching and learning in every school. We have a long way to go, but our work is well under way, with higher academic standards, more decision-making in the hands of schools and communities, and more resources dedicated to schools and to students with the greatest needs.

The Smarter Balanced assessments are new computer based tests that measure student knowledge of California’s English language arts/literacy (ELA) and mathematics standards. These new assessments replace the former paper-based, multiple-choice assessments for students in grades three through eight and grade eleven. The first statewide administration of these assessments will take place in spring 2015.

The Smarter Balanced Assessment System utilizes computer-adaptive tests and performance tasks that allow students to show what they know and are able to do. This system is based on the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for English language arts/literacy (ELA) and mathematics.

Student Scores and Achievement Levels

Smarter Balanced summative assessment results include student scores, achievement levels, and descriptors that describe performance. These assessment results are only one of several tools used to measure a student’s academic performance in ELA/Literacy and mathematics. Smarter Balanced assessment results are most appropriately interpreted alongside other available information about a student’s academic achievement, including such measures as, classroom assignments and grades, classrooms tests, report cards, and teacher feedback.