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Vancouver School Receives State's Innovative Designation
Culture of universal achievement has improved academics and is closing achievement gap

OLYMPIA — April 21, 2015 — Sarah J. Anderson Elementary in Vancouver Public Schools is receiving Washington’s Innovative Schools Designation. They will be recognized at the statewide school awards ceremony at Spanaway Lake High School on Tuesday, April 28.

Schools applied for this year’s designation beginning in November 2014. A statewide selection committee of education leaders and experts reviewed applications and recommended Sarah J. Anderson Elementary for the designation.

Recipients were selected based on:

  • Level of creativity and experimentation
  • Incorporation of best practices and research
  • Increase in student achievement and/or closing achievement gaps
  • Collaboration with parents and the community
  • High staff morale and engagement

Washington’s Innovative Schools program began in 2011 with the passing of HB 1521 (RCW 28A.300.550). The law charged OSPI to develop a process to identify and recognize Innovative Schools. The addition of Sarah J. Anderson brings the total number of designated Innovative Schools in Washington to 27.

The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction accepts applications for the designation each year from November through February.

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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.

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