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401 Schools Win State’s Highest Honor
Washington Achievement Award uses the Washington Achievement Index to select recipients

OLYMPIA — April 13, 2015 — A total of 401 schools earned Washington Achievement Awards for 2014. Award-winning schools were notified last week via email by State Superintendent Randy Dorn and State Board of Education Chair Isabel Muñoz-Colón.

The Washington Achievement Award recipients are the highest performing schools in the state based on three years of academic information as reported in the Washington Achievement Index. The Index was approved for use in 2014 by the State Board of Education.

“Honoring successful schools is one of the most important things we do,” Dorn said. “We know schools are doing great work and are getting better at serving all students every day. We may not be where we want to be, but we are making progress. These awards celebrate both achievement and growth.”

Schools are being recognized for being top performers in six categories:

  1. Overall Excellence
  2. High Progress
  3. Reading Growth
  4. Math Growth
  5. Extended Graduation Rate (only awarded to high and comprehensive schools)
  6. English Language Acquisition

“The Achievement Awards are an opportunity to acknowledge the school communities who have made the greatest difference in the lives of Washington students,” Muñoz-Colón said. “The State Board hopes to use this opportunity to share schools’ results and their stories so that we can replicate their great work in other areas of the state.”

The award-winning schools will be honored during an award ceremony on April 28 at Spanaway Lake High School in Bethel School District, itself an award winner for “High Progress.”

This is the sixth year of the Washington Achievement Awards.

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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.

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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