Twelve schools in the ESD 112 region are 2015 Washington Achievement Award winners.

The Washington Achievement Award is sponsored by the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) and the State Board of Education. Award winners are selected using the state’s Accountability Index and the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) Flexibility Waiver.

Schools are recognized as top performers in one of seven categories:

  • Overall Excellence
  • High Progress
  • English Language Arts Growth
  • Math Growth
  • Extended Graduation Rate (only awarded to high and comprehensive schools)
  • English Language Acquisition
  • Achievement Gap

“The Achievement Awards recognize schools and educators making a difference in student outcomes,” said Isabel Muñoz-Colón, State Board of Education Chair. “Award recipients are schools that have made measurable progress helping students prepare for college, career, and life. The Achievement Awards are one way we can learn more about the successful strategies Washington schools are using to help our kids.”

“OSPI and the State Board of Education have spent a lot of time on the achievement index,” said Randy Dorn, superintendent of public instruction. “We’re very proud of the schools recognized for their performance on the index. Each school shows sustained growth or excellence, or both. I congratulate each and every school for the hard work they’ve done.”

ESD 112 region schools receiving the award are:

Battle Ground School District—Captain Strong Elementary (High Progress) and Laurin Middle School (English Language Acquisition).

Camas School District—Grass Valley Elementary (English Language Acquisition); Helen Baller Elementary (High Progress and English Language Acquisition); Lacamas Heights Elementary (High Progress); Liberty Middle School (Overall Excellence and Math Growth); Skyridge Middle School (Overall Excellence and Math Growth).

Evergreen School District—Mill Plain Elementary (Math Growth).

Kelso School District—Barnes Elementary (High Progress).

Ridgefield School District—South Ridge Elementary School (Overall Excellence and English Language Acquisition).

Washougal School District—Hathaway Elementary School (Overall Excellence).

Woodland School District—Woodland Primary School (English Language Acquisition).

The award-winning schools will be honored at a ceremony on May 10 at Union Gap School outside of Yakima.

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