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2018-19 School Recognition Program

Background on the New State School Recognition System

The State Board of Education (SBE) along with the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) and the Educational Opportunity Gap Oversight and Accountability Committee (EOGOAC) have re-imagined school recognition in Washington! Recognition is based on state-level and local information. This recognition framework selects schools along the entire continuum of support and highlights positive systems changes happening in schools around our state. 

Phase 2 of the New State School Recognition System (2020)

Washington School Recognition Program

Schools are recognized for:

  • Closing Gaps: these schools close opportunity gaps for specific student groups, e.g. Hispanic students and make systems changes to improve outcomes for all students
  • Growth: Schools recognized for growth show progress one year to the next
  • Achievement: Schools recognized for high achievement show high performance in many measures. Measures include English language arts (ELA) and math state test scores and graduation rates.

If you would like to view a more detailed description of the three routes to recognition see the 2018-19 Methodology page.

Results and School Identifications

The three approaches resulted in the recognition of hundreds of schools. See the 2018-19 Methodology page for more information.

Find the table below for the 18-19 honorees.

Fore more detail and technical data information, find the recognition system business rules linked here: 2018-19 Business Rules (Phase 2). Find also a detailed file for all public schools containing the data elements required to understand why a school or was not identified for recognition.

Banners and certificates for recognized schools will be sent to ESDs for distribution.

Social Media Toolkit

Communications tools are now available on SBE's Google Drive. Encourage your school and community to share a photo, video, or short congratulations on Twitter with the hashtag #WASchoolsWeek and SBE will engage!

Inside the toolkit:

  • General twitter photos, use with the hashtag #WASchoolsWeek
  • Links to one-page data explanation PDFs (courtesy of OSPI)
  • Website badge "Washington School Recognition Program" emblem
  • Large banner file for printing 
  • Customized social media graphics by school
    • Find a list of schools and what they are recognized for below and within the Google Drive folder, broken down by ESD. Customized social media graphics for each school are available (file names are alphabetical) under their recognition designation folders: achievement, closing gaps, growth, and growth AND closing gaps - some are recognized in two routes). Contact SBE Communications Manager, Stephanie Davidsmeyer if you have questions.

State Recognized Schools for 2018-19 

School District Recognized for...
Nelson Elementary School Bethel School District

Closing Gaps for one or more student groups at a Targeted Support school.

Naches Trail Elementary Bethel School District

Closing Gaps for one or more student groups at a Targeted Support school and Growth for students who qualify for the free and reduced price lunch program.

Challenger High School Bethel School District

Closing Gaps for the for All Students for improving the graduation rate.

Centennial Elementary Bethel Bethel School District

Growth for students who qualify for the free and reduced price lunch program.

Spanaway Elementary Bethel School District

Growth for students identifying as Hispanic.

Frontier Middle School Bethel School District

Growth for students identifying as Asian and students who are English learners.

Bethel Middle School Bethel School District

Closing Gaps for one or more student groups at a Targeted Support school.

Clover Creek Elementary Bethel School District

Closing Gaps for one or more student groups at a Targeted Support school.

Brewster Middle School Brewster School District

Growth for students who receive special education services.

Liberty Middle School Camas School District

Growth for students who qualify for the free and reduced price lunch program.

Dorothy Fox Camas School District

Achievement for ELA, Math, and Regular Attendance.

Cascade Home-Link Cascade School District

Achievement for ELA and Regular Attendance.

Icicle River Middle School Cascade School District

Growth for students identifying as White.

Vale Elementary School Cashmere School District

Growth for students who are English learners.

John D. Bud Hawk Elementary at Jackson Park Central Kitsap School District

Closing Gaps for one or more student groups at a Targeted Support school and Growth for students identifying with Two or More races.

Barker Creek Community School Central Kitsap School District

Growth for students who receive special education services.

Esquire Hills Elementary Central Kitsap School District

Growth for students who receive special education services.

Olympic High School Central Kitsap School District

Growth for students who are English learners.

Central Valley High School Central Valley School District

Growth for students identifying as Black.

McDonald Elementary School Central Valley School District

Growth for students who qualify for the free and reduced price lunch program and students who receive special education services.

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Last Year's Recognized Schools (2017-18)

School District Recognized for...
Vale Elementary School CASHMERE SCHOOL DISTRICT

growth in the WSIF metrics while narrowing the gap between the highest and lowest performing student groups.

Castle Rock Middle School Castle Rock School District

growth in the WSIF metrics while narrowing the gap between the highest and lowest performing student groups.

Mica Peak High School Central Valley School District

growth in the WSIF metrics while narrowing the gap between the highest and lowest performing student groups. on the WSIF metrics and demonstrating improvement among student groups identified for support.

Progress Elementary School Central Valley School District

closing gaps and demonstrating improvement among student groups identified for support.

Centralia Middle School Centralia School District

closing gaps and demonstrating improvement among student groups identified for support.

Betz Elementary Cheney School District

growth in the WSIF metrics while narrowing the gap between the highest and lowest performing student groups.

Cle Elum Roslyn High School Cle Elum-Roslyn School District

high achievement in ELA and Grad Rate.

Evergreen Elementary School Clover Park School District

closing gaps and demonstrating improvement among student groups identified for support.

Lakeview Hope Academy Clover Park School District

closing gaps and demonstrating improvement among student groups identified for support.

College Place High School College Place School District

high achievement in ELA and Grad Rate.

Colton School Colton School District

high achievement in Grad Rate and SQSS measures.

Colville Junior High School Colville School District

growth in the WSIF metrics while narrowing the gap between the highest and lowest performing student groups. on the WSIF metrics and demonstrating improvement among student groups identified for support.

Almira Coulee Hartline High School Coulee-Hartline School District

high achievement in ELA, Grad Rate, and SQSS measures.

Damman Elementary Damman School District

high achievement in ELA, Math, and SQSS measures.

Arcadia Elementary Deer Park School District

growth in the WSIF metrics while narrowing the gap between the highest and lowest performing student groups.

Dieringer Heights Elementary Dieringer School District

high achievement in ELA, Math, and SQSS measures.

East Farms School East Valley School District (Spokane)

closing gaps and demonstrating improvement among student groups identified for support.

Otis Orchards School East Valley School District (Spokane)

closing gaps and demonstrating improvement among student groups identified for support.

Eatonville Middle School Eatonville School District

closing gaps and demonstrating improvement among student groups identified for support.

Challenge Elementary Edmonds School District

high achievement in ELA, Math, and SQSS measures.

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