Four Schools Receive State’s Innovative Designation
OLYMPIA — March 20, 2014 — Four schools have been designated as “Innovative” for their creative, collaborative approaches to increasing student success and closing achievement gaps, the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) announced today:
- Osborn Elementary, Cascade School District
- Pioneer Elementary, Auburn School District
- TAF Academy, Federal Way School District
- Three Rivers HomeLink, Richland School District
Washington’s Innovative Schools program began in 2011 with the passage of House Bill 1521 (RCW 28A.300.550). The law required OSPI to develop a process to identify and recognize schools. An initial group of 22 existing schools were designated in 2011.
“It’s great to recognize schools that think of new ways to meet the needs of their students,” State Superintendent Randy Dorn said. “There’s no one formula for success that works for everyone.”
Schools must apply for the designation beginning in November. A statewide selection committee of education leaders and experts review applications and recommend schools for the designation.
Recipients are 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
This year’s innovative schools will be recognized at a statewide school awards ceremony to be held in late April.
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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