Three district schools win state's highest honor

Three district schools win state's highest honor
Posted on 04/19/2016
Winner
Congratulations to the following schools who won one or more 2015 Washington Achievement Awards:
Brookdale Elementary: Overall Excellence and Math Growth.
Central Avenue Elementary: English Language Acquisition.
Christensen: Overall Excellence, English Language Arts Growth, and Math Growth.
Each of the above listed award categories are given to the top 5% of schools statewide in each category. The detailed award methodology is located at: http://www.k12.wa.us/EducationAwards/WashingtonAchievement/pubdocs/2015WAAMethodology.pdf
The Washington Achievement Awards are the state's highest honor given to schools for academic achievement. Only 258 of the state's 2,370 schools received one or more of the seven different awards given out under this program.
The Achievement Index is the only statewide school accountability system recognized by both the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction and State Board of Education. The awards use the State Board of Education Revised Achievement Index and are based on statewide assessment data for the three previous years. The Achievement Index measures school performance, emphasizing improvement and recognition. Schools cannot be listed as Priority or Focus and must have at least 95 percent participation on state tests to qualify for recognition.
“The Achievement Awards recognize schools and educators making a difference in student outcomes. Award recipients are schools that have made measurable progress helping students prepare for college, career, and life,” said Isabel Muñoz-Colón, State Board of Education Chair. “The Achievement Awards are one way we can learn more about the successful strategies Washington schools are using to help our kids.”