State Superintendent of Schools Tom Torlakson has named 424 elementary schools as Distinguished Schools for student achievement and innovation.
The winners include 25 schools in Santa Clara County, 14 schools in San Mateo County, 22 schools in Alameda County and four schools in Santa Cruz County.
The statewide program recognizes schools that have made progress in narrowing the achievement gap.
Recipients of the Distinguished School title agree to share their signature practices with other schools and to mentor those seeking to replicate their work. Thirty schools were honored both for academic achievement and for exemplary programs in either arts, or physical activity and nutrition.
For the Distinguished School honor, the state Department of Education recognizes elementary and middle schools in alternate years. For the list of winning schools, go to www.cde.ca.gov and click on "California Distinguished Schools for 2014."