The State Board of Education, the Educational Opportunity Gap Oversight and Accountability Committee, and the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction announced identified schools state-wide to receive recognition. Recognized schools stand out for closing gaps, showing growth, and demonstrating achievement according to new data released by the state. The state has re-imagined the recognition system to highlight schools that have received support and are thriving, and highlight positive systems changes happening all over the state. This year, 391 schools are being recognized.
The last week in April (April 27 – May 1) is Washington School Recognition Week.
Three schools in Pullman School District have been recognized for their work towards closing the achievement gap:
Jefferson Elementary: Closing Gaps for one or more student groups.
Lincoln Middle School: Closing Gaps for one or more student groups.
Sunnyside Elementary: Closing Gaps for one or more student groups and growth for students in one or more groups.
“Pullman Public Schools is honored by the recognition of our efforts to close the achievement gap. Our board and each of our staff members are committed to serving all students and providing a quality education. Thank you to our community for their continued support of our schools,” said Pullman Public Schools Superintendent Bob Maxwell.
"Washington schools are inspiring. With these awards we recognize the outstanding efforts of our schools and their positive impact on students,” said Washington State Board of Education Chair, Peter Maier. “The State Board, OSPI, and the Educational Opportunity Gap Oversight and Accountability Committee are excited to celebrate the diverse educational communities that support Washington’s ever-changing K-12 student population. Thank you to our state's schools and educators for your dedication to students!”
“The Legislature is dedicated to recognizing the great work Washington schools do,” said Senator John McCoy, of Tulalip, member of the Educational Opportunity Gap Oversight and Accountability Committee and sponsor of this year’s Senate resolution honoring state-recognized schools. “With the current health concerns in our state, we are taking time to thoughtfully and safely celebrate the commitment and success of our schools in serving all students equitably.”
“Right now, the whole world is understanding the significance of our public schools,” said Superintendent of Public Instruction Chris Reykdal. “Public education provides each student with an opportunity for success; it’s the foundation of our democracy and our society. Next week, we are honoring our educators who are committed to continually improving outcomes for their students. Thank you all for your amazing work.”
To learn more about why schools were recognized, and to see the data behind the recognition framework, visit sbe.wa.gov/2018-19-school-recognition-methodology.
For more information about the Washington School Recognition Program: https://www.sbe.wa.gov/2018-19-school-recognition-program