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Dorn, Governor to Honor National Award-Winning Schools

OLYMPIA — March 13, 2013 — State Superintendent Randy Dorn and Gov. Jay Inslee will honor 12 Washington schools for winning national awards at a ceremony tonight.

The awards, given through Title I, Part A, of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, recognize schools that are meeting federal Adequate Yearly Progress and Annual Measurable Objectives standards in reading and/or math, as well as closing the opportunity gaps between white students and traditionally underrepresented students.

“I’m proud of all these schools,” Dorn said. “The fact that what they’ve done is being recognized on a national scale speaks very well to how they’re doing and how Washington state is doing.”

The awarded schools include:




National Title I Distinguished Schools

Columbia Ridge Elementary


Lake Forest Park Elementary


State Title I Distinguished Schools

Burley-Glenwood Elementary

South Kitsap

Madison Elementary


Neah Bay Elementary

Cape Flattery

Title I Academic Achievement Award Schools

Columbia Crest Elementary


East Olympia Elementary


Oakesdale Elementary


Pe Ell School

Pe Ell

Selkirk Elementary


Skykomish School


Blakely Elementary

Bainbridge Island

Gov. Inslee praised the work coming from the schools. “These schools are doing excellent work in bridging opportunity gaps and helping students succeed,” he said. “Congratulations to each of these schools and to the teachers, school staff, parents and community members who have been such an important part of their efforts.”

Schools winning Academic Achievement awards and the National Title I Distinguished Schools awards each receive $10,000; those receiving State Title I Distinguished Schools awards each receive $5,000. The money may be used for:

  • Professional development for improvement of the teachers’ knowledge base in an area of expertise, new area of expertise related to current position, or increased expertise in effective classroom practices.
  • Team-building and teacher planning opportunities for the purpose of furthering the work on developing school-reform strategies.
  • Development of additional research-based instruction.
  • Development of additional strategies, curriculum and training models.

The ceremony will be held tonight at the Governor’s Mansion in Olympia.


About OSPI
The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) is the primary agency charged with overseeing K–12 education in Washington state. Led by State School Superintendent Randy Dorn, OSPI works with the state’s 295 school districts and nine educational service districts to administer basic education programs and implement education reform on behalf of more than one million public school students.

OSPI provides equal access to all programs and services without discrimination based on sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, honorably discharged veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability. Questions and complaints of alleged discrimination should be directed to the Equity and Civil Rights Director at (360) 725-6162 or P.O. Box 47200, Olympia, WA 98504-7200.

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Nathan Olson
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The OSPI Communications Office serves as the central point of contact for local, regional and national media covering K-12 education issues.

Communications Manager
Nathan Olson
(360) 725-6015


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