Edmonds School District schools receive Washington Achievement Awards

Congratulations to the 11 Edmonds School District schools that were among 381 schools statewide receiving Washington Achievement Awards for 2012. Award-winning schools were notified earlier this week via email by State Superintendent Randy Dorn and State Board of Education Chair Jeff Vincent.

The Washington Achievement Awards, now in their fourth year, are sponsored by the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction and the State Board of Education. Award winners are selected using the state’s Achievement Index and the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) Flexibility Waiver.

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

  • Overall Excellence
  • Language Arts
  • Math
  • Science
  • Extended Graduation Rate (only awarded to high and comprehensive schools)
  • Closing Achievement Gaps
  • High Progress (Title I eligible or participating schools only)

The Edmonds School District winners are:

Overall excellence, comprehensive schools: Maplewood K-8 parent cooperative

Math, elementary: Challenge Program, Terrace Park School

Science, elementary: Challenge Program, Terrace Park School; comprehensive schools: Maplewood K-8 parent cooperative

Extended graduation rate, comprehensive schoosl: Edmonds Heights K-12

Closing Achievement Gaps, elementary: Brier, Chase Lake, Edmonds, Meadowdale, Seaview; middle/junior high: Meadowdale

High Progress, elementary: Chase Lake, Hazelwood

The award-winning schools will be honored during an award ceremony on April 30 at Kentwood High School in Covington, itself an award winner for “Math” and “Closing Achievement Gaps.”

Washington’s School Achievement Index rates all schools according to specific outcomes and indicators from 2010 to 2012. The five outcomes are student performance in statewide assessments in reading, writing, math and science tests, as well as the school’s extended graduation rate, which includes those students who took longer than four years to graduate.

Those outcomes are each measured using four indicators:

  1. achievement of students who are not from low-income families;
  2. achievement of students who are from low-income families;
  3. achievement of a school when compared to “peers” (schools with similar student characteristics, such as the percentage of students who have a disability, are learning English, are designated as gifted, come from low-income families, and are mobile); and
  4. improvement in the achievement of all students combined from the previous year.

The average of the resulting 20 measures comprises the overall index.

  1. Congrats to the district and the wonderful, dedicated teachers who are working to build successful, independent learners. We can be proud that we’re part of a district that meets its challenges and sets high standards.

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