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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...
Mica Peak High School Central Valley School District

Growth for students who receive special education services.

Sunrise Elementary Central Valley School District

Growth for students who receive special education services.

Spokane Valley Tech Central Valley School District

Growth for students identifying as White.

Centralia High School Centralia School District

Growth for students who are English learners.

Phil Snowdon Elementary Cheney School District

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

Westwood Middle School Cheney School District

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

Gess Elementary Chewelah School District

Growth for students who receive special education services.

Chimacum Junior/Senior High School Chimacum School District

Growth for students identifying with Two or More races.

Chimacum Elementary School Chimacum School District

Growth for students identifying as Hispanic.

Highland Elementary Clarkston School District

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

Swiftwater Learning Center Cle Elum-Roslyn School District

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

Evergreen Elementary School Clover Park School District

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

Carter Lake Elementary School Clover Park School District

Closing Gaps for one or more student groups at a Targeted Support school and Growth for students who receive special education services.

CPSD Open Doors Program Clover Park School District

Growth for students identifying with Two or More races.

Rainier Elementary School Clover Park School District

Growth for students identifying with Two or More races.

Hillside Elementary School Clover Park School District

Growth for students who receive special education services.

Dower Elementary School Clover Park School District

Growth for students identifying as White.

Davis Elementary College Place School District

Growth for students who receive special education services.

Colton School Colton School District

Achievement for Graduation, 9th Grade On-Track, and Dual Credit.

Almira Coulee Hartline High School Coulee-Hartline School District

Achievement for ELA, Graduation, 9th Grade On-Track, and Dual Credit.

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Last Year's Recognized Schools (2017-18)

School District Recognized for...
Edmonds Career Access Program Edmonds School District

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

Sherwood Elementary Edmonds School District

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

Elma Elementary School Elma School District

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

Endicott/St John Elem and Middle Endicott School District

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

Thunder Mountain Middle School Enumclaw School District

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

North Middle School Everett School District

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

Cedar Wood Elementary Everett School District

high achievement in ELA, Math, and SQSS measures.

Garfield Elementary School Everett School District

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

Madison Elementary Everett 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.

Mill Creek Elementary Everett School District

high achievement in ELA, Math, and SQSS measures.

Fircrest Elementary School Evergreen School District (Clark)

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

Career Academy at Truman High School Federal Way School District

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

Open Doors Youth Reengagement (1418) Federal Way School District

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

Silver Lake Elementary School - Federal Way Federal Way School District

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

Cascadia Elementary Ferndale School District

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

Brookdale Elementary Franklin Pierce School District

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

Gates Secondary School Franklin Pierce School District

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

Garfield Middle School Garfield School District

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

Smith Elementary School Grandview School District

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

Green Mountain School Green Mountain School District

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

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