5 Kern County schools get big honors

{A href=""}BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) Five schools were honored Wednesday morningfor receiving one of three prestigious awards given by the California Department of Education or National Title I Association.

Fruitvale Junior High, Liberty High School and Norris Middle School were selected as three of California's 2013 Distinguished Schools. The awards are given annually by the CDE to schools throughout the state that have demonstrated their strong commitment and innovative approaches to improving student academic achievement.

For the second year in a row, W.A. Kendrick Elementary School received the Title I Achievement Award by the CDE. Schools receiving the award must have demonstrated that all students are making significant progress toward proficiency on California's academic content standards. Additionally, the school's socioeconomically disadvantaged students must have doubled the achievement targets set for them for two consecutive years.

Cesar E. Chavez High School in Delano was recognized for being named a 2012 National Distinguished School by the National Title I Association. Only two schools per state are selected each year as National Distinguished Schools, making this an especially prestigious honor, according to the Kern County Superintendents of Schools.