Lydiksen named California Gold Ribbon School

Schools in Dublin, San Ramon, Livermore also named

Lydiksen Elementary has been named a California Gold Ribbon School, one of 772 schools in the state to be given the honor.

"Lydiksen is very proud to receive this award. It shows the hard work our staff, students and parent community have done to implement instructional technology into our classrooms over the past four years," school principal Jacob Berg said.

The school is the only Pleasanton Unified school to be given the award this year, which is granted based on a school's success creating a model program that shows educational gains, according to the state's announcement Wednesday.

"These schools shine as bright beacons for others, putting forth an exemplary effort to ensure that every student is ready for 21st century college and careers," state superintendent Tom Torlakson said in a statement. "California teachers are developing an education model for the nation, training the students of today to be the problem-solvers, inventors, and pioneers of tomorrow."

The Gold Ribbon awards are a place-holder for the former California Distinguished Schools Program, which is suspended while the state creates new assessment and accountability systems, according to the state.

Hart Middle was honored with the award last year, when the program gave awards to only middle and high schools. This year's awards only featured elementary schools.

Three schools in Dublin Unified, five schools in Livermore Valley Joint Unified and 18 San Ramon Valley Unified schools were named Gold Ribbon schools.

"This is a strong testament to the work being done by our school community towards preparing our students for college and career," said interim superintendent Jim Hansen in a release. "We congratulate Lydiksen Elementary for this well-deserved distinction."

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