2016 School of Distinction
Sustained improvement over a five-year period in English language arts (ELA), math, and graduation rate is the reason for 94 schools across Washington
State being recognized with the 2016 School of Distinction award today. These schools represent 51 elementary, 20 middle/junior high, 23 high schools,
and 6 alternative schools already included in these numbers. 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),
Washington State School Directors’ Association (WSSDA) and the Washington State Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development (WSASCD), have
recognized schools in the top 5% of improvement for their levels. Elementary and middle schools are recognized for sustained improvement in ELA
and math achievement. High schools are recognized for sustained improvement in graduation rate over the past five years.
These 94 schools span all regions of the state, from large urban to small rural communities and represent all nine Educational Service Districts (ESD's).
Some of the student populations in these schools are as high as 98.5% poverty, and 67% English language learners, as well as high
numbers of challenged learners in special education. As Greg Lobdell, CEE CEO and Director of Research states, "Even though the diversity and
context of the communities served by each of these schools across our state are vastly different, the hard work represented by this award is the
same and the students are the real winners."
For additional information, please contact Marilyn McGuire, CEE Vice President, District and School Improvement:
Phone: (425) 947-5242
Mobile: (206) 818-8239