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State Superintendent Announces Winners of State’s Innovative Designation
Seven schools are recognized as bold and creative incubators for innovation

OLYMPIA — April 15, 2016 — State Superintendent Randy Dorn announced that seven schools will receive the state’s Innovative Schools designation for 2016. These schools bring the total number of Innovative Schools in Washington to 34. The schools receiving the designation this year are:

  • Brownsville Elementary, Central Kitsap School District
  • East Valley Middle School, East Valley (Spokane) School District
  • Columbia Crest A-STEM Academy, Eatonville School District
  • Eatonville Elementary, Eatonville School District
  • Eatonville Middle School, Eatonville School District
  • Garfield Elementary, Toppenish School District
  • Vancouver iTech Preparatory, Vancouver School District

“We’re extremely proud of all that these schools are doing to connect with their communities and engage business and higher ed in their work,” said Dorn. “Their creative approaches not only promote better student learning. They improve teacher and staff morale, increase positive behavior, and help close the achievement gap. I applaud their willingness to risk doing things differently and serve as laboratories for new ideas.”

The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction accepts applications for the designation November through February. A statewide selection committee of education leaders and experts reviewed applications and recommended schools for the designation. Schools had to meet the 95% participation rate on state tests and 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

The 2016 Innovative School designees will be recognized at the statewide school awards ceremony at Union Gap School on Tuesday, May 10.

Washington’s Innovative Schools program began in 2011 with the passing of HB 1521 (RCW 28A.300.550) which charged OSPI to develop a process to identify and recognize Innovative Schools. More information about the Innovative Schools program, including profiles of the newly designated schools, is available on the OSPI website.


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.

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