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Little Lake City School District and Seven of its Schools Make the Educational Results Partnership Honor Roll List


SANTA FE SPRINGS, CA – Educational Results Partnership (ERP), a non-profit organization that applies data science to accelerate student success, has released its annual “Honor Roll” list of California’s top performing schools. This is the ninth year that ERP has completed the Honor Roll, which recognizes top public schools, school districts and charter schools that have outperformed their peers in closing achievement gaps, particularly among higher-poverty and historically disadvantaged student populations.

This year, Little Lake City School District along with Jersey Avenue Elementary, Lake Center Middle, Lakeside Middle, Lakeview Elementary, Paddison Elementary, Studebaker Elementary, and William W. Orr Elementary, were among the 1430 schools in California that made the Honor Roll, approximately 17 percent of the schools in the state. The full list of Honor Roll schools is now posted on ERP’s website at

“We are honored to have the district and seven of our schools be included in the ERP Honor Roll. This distinction reflects our district’s dedication to closing achievement gaps and promoting educational excellence and underscores the hard work of our students, educators, and community. I want to extend a heartfelt thank you to our incredible staff and students who made this achievement possible. We remain committed to fostering a culture of high expectations and continuous improvement, ensuring that all our students are equipped with the skills needed for future success.” stated Jonathan Vasquez, Superintendent, Little Lake City School District.

“This year’s Honor Roll shines a positive light on schools where students are learning the fundamental skills that employers value and look for,” said Dan Kinney ERP’s Board Chair. “We are proud to recognize these higher performing schools and plan on learning about their best practices for accelerating student learning in the critical areas of reading, writing and math.”

The program is part of a national effort to engage business leaders in recognizing successful schools and educational systems and promote best practices that improve student outcomes. Honor Roll schools are recognized for demonstrating consistently higher levels of student achievement, improvement in achievement over time, and a reduction in achievement gaps among student populations. To learn more about the methodology used to determine the 2023 Honor Roll schools and districts, click here.

“The Honor Roll is the only school recognition program in California based solely on objective student achievement data,” said ERP’s Chief Executive Officer James Lanich, Ph.D. “The goal of the Honor Roll program is to use data to find and highlight successful schools and encourage collaboration among educators on best practices for raising student achievement.”

“ERP is all about improving educational equity and promoting career readiness for all students, regardless of family income, background or ZIP code,” said Lanich. “By shining a light on successful systems and practices, we hope to spark dialogue amongst educators to replicate best practices throughout the state.”

This year’s Honor Roll is being presented in collaboration with the California Foundation for Commerce and Education, California Black Chamber of Commerce, CalAsian Chamber of Commerce, San Francisco Chamber of Commerce, San Joaquin A+, and other business leaders across the nation.

What California Business Leaders Are Saying About Honor Roll Schools

“An educated and highly skilled workforce is critical to the success of California’s economy. The California Foundation for Commerce and Education is proud to recognize Honor Roll schools that are preparing students with the skills necessary to succeed in both the workforce and life.”
– Loren Kaye, President, California Foundation for Commerce and Education

“To improve Black economic mobility, Black students must be equipped with the skills needed to be successful in life. California Black Chamber of Commerce is proud to recognize schools that are closing historical achievement gaps and preparing all students with these skills.”
– Jay King, President & CEO, California Black Chamber of Commerce

“To enhance well-being for all, students must learn the foundational skills vital for success in life. The CalAsian Chamber is proud to recognize high-performing schools that are closing achievement gaps and preparing students with the essential skills needed to succeed in today’s economy.”
– Pat Fong Kushida, President & CEO, CalAsian Chamber of Commerce

The Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce is pleased to recognize local schools that made this year’s Honor Roll list. We are also extremely proud that our largest urban districts—Los Angeles Unified and Long Beach Unified, are among the highest performing districts in California. This recognition is a testament to the hard work of our local school leaders, educators, and students.
– Maria S. Salinas, President & CEO, Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce

“The San Francisco Chamber is proud to recognize schools that are bridging the achievement gap and helping students develop the skills needed to be successful in the workforce and life.”
– Rodney Fong, President & CEO, San Francisco Chamber of Commerce

“Together, we can support our schools and empower students with the tools to become tomorrow’s leaders. San Joaquin A+ proudly recognizes schools on the Honor Roll and thanks them for their work to put young people on a path to success in work and in life.”
– Kai Kung, Co-CEO, San Joaquin A+

About Educational Results Partnership

Educational Results Partnership (ERP) is a nonprofit organization that applies data science and predictive analytics to identify successful public education systems, practices, programs, and policies that are delivering the best results for students. ERP has accumulated the nation’s largest database on student achievement from kindergarten into the labor market. In partnership with educators and employers, ERP charts the pathways that lead to academic success and living-wage jobs. ERP’s goal is to ensure that more students are equipped to enter the workforce with the skills today’s global economy demands.

About Campaign for Business and Education Excellence

The Campaign for Business and Education Excellence (CBEE) aims to improve economic mobility for the next generation of learners by matching talent to jobs and career opportunities. Aligning academic achievements with job market needs, the campaign engages employers while helping learners pursue careers matched to their existing skills and abilities. Learners across the United States can discover how their education opens doors to immediate career opportunities.

About Little Lake City School District

Established in 1871, our suburban elementary school district is situated in the southeastern part of Los Angeles County, encompassing Santa Fe Springs, Norwalk, and Downey. The Little Lake City School District is proud to serve a diverse student population across nine schools, consisting of seven elementary schools and two middle schools.

Little Lake City School District has received numerous accolades, including the distinction of being designated as “Title I Academic Achieving Award Schools” and “California Gold Ribbon Schools” for all our schools. Additionally, we have been honored by California Business for Education Excellence, and both of our middle schools have been named “National Schools to Watch.” Furthermore, the district as a whole has been recognized as a “National School to Watch District,” and takes pride in being known as a “District on the Move.”