East End's Edison named distinguished school

State public schools Superintendent Tom Torlakson has named Edison Elementary School a "Distinguished School" for its strong commitment and innovative approaches to improving student academic achievement.

This year's Distinguished Schools Program, which is run by the California Department of Education, focused on California's students' right to an equitable and rigorous education and recognized those schools that have made progress in narrowing the academic achievement gap.

Just 424 schools statewide received the 2014 award. As part of winning the title, schools must share their best practices with other schools and mentor those who want to do similar work.

Edison's best practices were Multiple Methods in Math, a program that teaches students more than one way to solve problems; and Community of Readers, a program that uses technology, groups, intervention and other ways to promote reading.

Edison will be honored at a regional award ceremony in Walnut Creek in mid-June and will receive a plaque and flag.

Driver permit practice tests available at library

In partnership with Driving-Tests.org, the Alameda Free Library is offering California Driver Permit practice tests through its home page on the city's website.

These tests, for both automobile and motorcycle, along with the Driver Handbook for each, are available by clicking on the Databases page.


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Click on Careers and Test Preparation (at the top of the page) and the computer will automatically scroll down to the right section. Then just click the link for Free California Driving Permit Tests and you'll be taken directly to the test pages.

The library's home page is at http://alamedaca.gov/library.

Haight Elementary to receive state award

Henry Haight Elementary School is among five East Bay schools that receive federal funding to help boost achievement for low-income students will receive 2013-14 Title I Academic Achievement awards for demonstrating significant student academic progress.

In order to receive the awards, low-income students at the schools must have doubled their standardized testing achievement targets for two consecutive years.

State public schools Superintendent Tom Torlakson announced Monday that 106 schools statewide will receive the awards.

The other East Bay schools are Richmond College Preparatory in the West Contra Costa school district, Burbank Elementary in the Hayward Unified district, Aspire ERES Academy in the Oakland Unified district and KIPP Summit Academy in the San Lorenzo district.

In order to receive the awards, low-income students at the schools must have doubled their standardized testing achievement targets for two consecutive years.