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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...
Dishman Hills High School West Valley School District (Spokane)

Closing Gaps for the for All Students for improving the graduation rate and Growth for students identifying as White.

Spokane Valley High School West Valley School District (Spokane)

Achievement for ELA and Graduation.

West Valley Jr High West Valley School District (Yakima)

Growth for students identifying as Asian.

Apple Valley Elementary West Valley School District (Yakima)

Achievement for ELA and Math.

Elk Ridge Elementary White River School District

Growth for students identifying as Hispanic, students identifying with Two or More races, and students who qualify for the free and reduced price lunch program.

Wilkeson Elementary School White River School District

Growth for students who receive special education services, students identifying as Hispanic, and students identifying as White.

Hulan L Whitson Elementary School White Salmon School District

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

Willapa Valley Middle-High Willapa Valley School District

Achievement for Graduation and 9th Grade On-Track.

Woodland Middle School Woodland 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.

Barge-Lincoln Elementary School Yakima School District

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

Nob Hill Elementary School Yakima School District

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

Roosevelt Elementary School Yakima School District

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

Mill Pond Elementary School Yelm School District

Growth for students who qualify for the free and reduced price lunch program, students identifying as Hispanic, and students identifying as White.

Zillah Intermediate School Zillah School District

Growth for students identifying with Two or More races.

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Last Year's Recognized Schools (2017-18)

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