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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...
Crossroads High School Granite Falls School District

Growth for students who receive special education services.

CHOICE Academy Highline School District

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

Midway Elementary Highline School District

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

Pacific Middle School Highline School District

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

McMicken Heights Elementary Highline School District

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

Raisbeck Aviation High School Highline School District

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

Hockinson Middle School Hockinson School District

Growth for All Students and students identifying as White.

Hockinson Heights Elementary School Hockinson School District

Growth for students identifying with Two or More races.

Lincoln Elementary Hoquiam School District

Growth for students who receive special education services.

Cougar Ridge Elementary Issaquah School District

Achievement for ELA, Math, and Regular Attendance.

Discovery Elementary Issaquah School District

Achievement for ELA, Math, and Regular Attendance.

Pacific Cascade Middle School Issaquah School District

Growth for students who are English learners.

Pine Lake Middle School Issaquah School District

Growth for students who are English learners.

Creekside Elementary Issaquah School District

Growth for students who receive special education services.

Maple Hills Elementary Issaquah School District

Growth for students who receive special education services.

Briarwood Elementary Issaquah School District

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

Horse Heaven Hills Middle School Kennewick School District

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

Cascade Elementary School Kennewick School District

Growth for students who receive special education services.

Vista Elementary School Kennewick 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.

Kent Mountain View Academy Kent School District

Achievement for ELA, Math, and 9th Grade On-Track.

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Last Year's Recognized Schools (2017-18)

School District Recognized for...
Northport Elementary School Northport School District

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

Cottage Lake Elementary Northshore School District

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

Kenmore Junior High Northshore School District

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

Leota Jr High Northshore School District

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

Shelton View Elementary Northshore School District

high achievement in ELA and Math measures.

Sunrise Elementary Northshore School District

high achievement in ELA, Math, and SQSS measures.

Hillcrest Elementary Oak Harbor School District

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

Oakesdale High School Oakesdale School District

high achievement in Grad Rate and SQSS measures.

Oakville High School Oakville School District

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

Odessa High School Odessa School District

high achievement in Grad Rate and SQSS measures.

Avanti High School Olympia School District

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

Boston Harbor Elementary Olympia School District

high achievement in ELA and Math measures.

Jefferson Middle School Olympia School District

high achievement in ELA and Math measures.

McLane Elementary School Olympia School District

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

Orcas Island High School Orcas Island School District

high achievement in ELA and Grad Rate.

Wahitis Elementary School Othello School District

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

Palouse High School Palouse School District

high achievement in ELA and SQSS measures.

Emerson Elementary Pasco School District

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

Mcloughlin Middle School Pasco School District

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

Rosalind Franklin STEM Elementary Pasco School District

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

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