Five district schools win Washington Achievement Awards

Five district schools win Washington Achievement Awards
Posted on 04/13/2015
OSPI LogoThe Office of State Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) has announced the 2014 Washington Achievement Award Winners.

Franklin Pierce Schools has five schools honored with one or more awards.

Brookdale Elementary: Overall Excellence, Math Growth, and High Progress.

Christensen Elementary: Reading Growth and Math Growth.

Franklin Pierce High School: High Progress.

James Sales Elementary: Reading Growth

Washington High School: High Progress.

Definitions of each award category can be found at http://www.k12.wa.us/EducationAwards/WashingtonAchievement/HowSelected.aspx.

The Washington Achievement Award recipients are the highest performing schools in the state based on three years of academic information as reported in the Washington Achievement Index. The Index was approved for use in 2014 by the State Board of Education.

In a press release, State Superintendent Randy Dorn said, “Honoring successful schools is one of the most important things we do. We know schools are doing great work and are getting better at serving all students every day. We may not be where we want to be, but we are making progress. These awards celebrate both achievement and growth.”

Dr. Frank Hewins, Superintendent of Franklin Pierce Schools, was pleased to receive the news. "The fact that our district has no schools on the Priority or Focus lists (lowest achieving schools) developed by OSPI and the SBE, and that we do have five of our schools that will be receiving WA Achievement Awards is a testament to the focused, purposeful hard work of our highly trained teachers, principals, and support staff. It demonstrates the consistency and coherence we have within our system where every single child receives high quality instruction day in and day out, year after year. I could not be more proud of our students, staff, and leadership within Franklin Pierce Schools," Hewins said.