School of Distinction Awards

Outstanding improvement in reading and math sustained over a five-year period is the reason that 101 schools in Washington state, eight of which are in the ESD 12 region, received the 2014 School of Distinction Award. The award is given by The Center for Educational Effectiveness (CEE) in partnership with the Association of Educational Service Districts (AESD), the Association of Washington School Principals (AWSP), Washington Association of School Administrators (WASA), Washington State School Directors’ Association (WSSDA), and Washington State Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (WSASCD).

This represents the 8th annual School of Distinction award recognition in Washington State. “These schools are from all regions of the state, all sizes of towns, with a range from 2.7% to 100% poverty and enrollment of English Language Learners as high as 40%,” said Greg Lobdell, CEE President. “These schools demonstrate that significant improvement is occurring all across our diverse public schools.”

Recipients are being recognized by ESD 112 at each winning district. “We are so pleased to recognize these schools for their hard work to increase student achievement,” said ESD Superintendent Tim Merlino. “Congratulations to students and staff who represent the many outstanding schools in our region.”

The following ESD 112 region schools have been named 2014 Schools of Distinction, and are among the 5% highest improving schools in the state of Washington for increased Reading and Math achievement over the past 5 years. Several schools in the ESD 112 region are repeat winners:

  • Captain Strong Primary, Battle Ground SD
  • York Elementary, Evergreen SD (2013, 2014)
  • Green Mountain Junior High, Green Mountain SD (2007, 2008, 2012, 2014)
  • Catlin Elementary, Kelso School District
  • South Ridge Elementary, Ridgefield SD (2012, 2013, 2014)
  • View Ridge Middle School, Ridgefield SD
  • Harney Elementary, Vancouver SD (2013, 2014)
  • Vancouver Home Connection, Vancouver SD