The Center for Educational Effectiveness

2015 School of Distinction

School of Distinction 2015

WASA Washington State ASCD

Sustained improvement over a five year period in reading/English language arts (ELA), math, and graduation rate is the reason for 90 schools across Washington State being recognized with the 2015 School of Distinction award. These schools represent 51 elementary, 20 middle/junior high and 21 high schools which also include five alternative schools in these numbers. Two of these schools have awards in both elementary and middle/junior high schools. The Center for Educational Effectiveness (CEE) in partnership with the Association of Educational Service Districts (AESD), The Association of Washington School Principals (AWSP), Washington Association of School Administrators (WASA), and the Washington Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development (WASCD), have recognized schools in the top 5% of improvement for their levels. Elementary and middle schools are recognized for sustained improvement in reading/ELA and math achievement. High schools are recognized for sustained improvement in graduation rate over the past five years.

These 90 schools span all regions of the state, from large urban to small rural communities. Some of the student populations in these schools are as high as 97% poverty, 67% English language learners, as well as serving high numbers of challenged learners in special education. As Greg Lobdell, CEE CEO and Director of Research states, "These schools demonstrate that significant improvement is occurring across all our diverse public schools."

This year represents the ninth year that CEE and partners have recognized schools with the School of Distinction award. Two schools—Green Mountain School in Green Mountain School District, and Wilson High in Tacoma Public Schools—are repeat winners, having received five School of Distinction awards. Nine schools received their fourth award. Eleven schools received their third and thirteen schools received their second SOD award. Fifty five schools received the SOD award for the first time in 2015.

Each Educational Service District in the state will be hosting an award ceremony for the schools served in their region. Dates for these celebrations will be announced through local press releases. Dr. Rich McBride, Superintendent of the North Central ESD in Wenatchee and leading this work as President of the AESD leaders group stated, "In a year of unprecedented change across our state with new Common Core State standards and new Smarter Balanced Assessments, it is cause for celebration to see so many schools rising to these challenges and causing great improvement for our students. This award process highlights our need to continue to support improvement efforts of our schools and the dedicated and talented leaders and staffs that make this kind of increased student achievement happen. Our congratulations to the staff, students, leaders, and communities across our state for their exceptional efforts in service to our students."

For additional information, please contact Marilyn McGuire, CEE Vice President, District and School Improvement:
Phone: (425) 947-5242
Mobile: (206) 818-8239

Winners from ESD 101


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Articles and Links

ESD101 - Oakesdale MS

ESD123 - Tri City Herald - Paterson Elementary

ESD105 - Yakima Herald, Yakima & Kittitas Schools

ESD112 - KLOG1490 AM RA Long

ESD112 - - RA Long HS

ESD112 - The Columbian - Captain Strong-Green Mtn - Cape Horn - Skye

ESD114 - Sequim SD - Greywolf Elem

ESD121 - Broadview Thomson

ESD121 - Federal Way - TAF Academy

ESD121 - Highline PS - North Hill Elem

ESD121 - Seattle PS - Rainier View Elem

ESD121 - Shoreline Area News

ESD121 - Shoreline PS

ESD121 - Tacoma Four TPS schools

ESD121 - The Des Moines Waterland Blog - Highline North Hill North Elem

ESD121 - The Seattle Times

ESD121 - The Suburban Times - Six Clover Park schools

ESD121 - Tukwila SD - Thorndyke

ESD121 - West Seattle Blog - Congratulations West Seattle

ESD121-Wilson HS


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