This year's list honored school districts nationwide for programs that support student achievement.
District Administration Magazine honored CUSD for its partnership with Cal State Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) to provide college students as literacy tutors through its Project Reach initiative serving students, grades K-2.
"Compton Unified's top priority is the success of our students. The Project Reach initiative is one of the many ways we are working to ensure students have the tools needed to succeed as we prepare them for college and careers," said School Board President Satra Zurita.
Board Member Charles Davis said the District is proud of how Project Reach improves students' reading skills.
"It's very important to provide extra support for students who may be struggling, especially when they're between kindergarten and second grade," he said. "By boosting their reading skills they will be ready to succeed in school and in life."
Superintendent Darin Brawley also praised Project Reach's impact on Compton students.
"Our partnership with Cal State Dominguez Hills through Project Reach is one of the many ways we are working to close the achievement gap for all students," he said.
"Reading is fundamental to learning, and it is a central part of our efforts to continue turning around Compton schools. When students are reading at higher levels they can achieve in all other academic areas."
Compton Unified's most recent honors include its inclusion in the Sixth Annual AP® Honor Roll list by the College Board, as well as Anderson and King elementary schools winning 2016 California Gold Ribbon School Awards.
In May students from King Elementary also performed for First Lady Michelle Obama at the Turnaround Arts Talent Show held in the White House, and Willowbrook Middle School represented Compton and the greater Los Angeles area at the Jefferson Awards Foundation's Students In Action national competition in Washington, D.C.
For a full list of District Administration Magazine's "Districts of Distinction" click here.