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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...
Ridgewood Elementary School Kent School District

Closing Gaps for one or more student groups at a Targeted Support school and Growth for students identifying as Black and students who are English learners.

Panther Lake Elementary School Kent School District

Growth for students identifying as Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander.

George T. Daniel Elementary School Kent School District

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

Meadow Ridge Elementary School Kent School District

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

Kiona-Benton Intermediate School Kiona-Benton City School District

Growth for students identifying with Two or More races.

La Conner Elementary La Conner School District

Growth for students identifying as Hispanic.

Lacrosse Elementary School LaCrosse School District

Growth for students identifying as White.

Mt. Pilchuck Elementary School Lake Stevens School District

Growth for students who are English learners.

Hillcrest Elementary School Lake Stevens School District

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

Northstar Middle School Lake Washington School District

Achievement for ELA, Math, and Regular Attendance.

Alcott Elementary Lake Washington School District

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

Stella Schola Lake Washington School District

Achievement for ELA, Math, and Regular Attendance.

Tesla STEM High School Lake Washington School District

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

International Community School Lake Washington School District

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

Rush Elementary Lake Washington School District

Growth for students identifying as Hispanic.

Eastlake High School Lake Washington School District

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

Evergreen Middle School Lake Washington School District

Growth for students who are English learners.

Bell Elementary Lake Washington School District

Growth for students identifying with Two or More races.

Emerson High School Lake Washington School District

Growth for students identifying as White.

Twain Elementary Lake Washington School District

Growth for students who are English learners.

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Last Year's Recognized Schools (2017-18)

School District Recognized for...
Evergreen Elementary Peninsula School District

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

Voyager Elementary Peninsula School District

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

Jefferson Elementary Port Angeles School District

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

Franklin Elementary Pullman School District

high achievement in ELA and Math measures.

Lincoln Middle School Pullman School District

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

Pope Elementary Puyallup School District

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

Ridgecrest Elementary Puyallup School District

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

Rainier Middle School Rainier School District

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

Rainier Senior High School Rainier School District

high achievement in ELA and SQSS measures.

Bryn Mawr Elementary School Renton School District

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

Campbell Hill Elementary School Renton School District

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

Nelsen Middle School Renton School District

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

Jason Lee Elementary School Richland School District

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

Lewis & Clark Elementary School Richland School District

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

White Bluffs Elementary School Richland School District

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

Chattaroy Elementary Riverside School District

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

Tolt Middle School Riverview School District

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

Roosevelt Elementary School Roosevelt School District

closing gaps on the WSIF metrics and demonstrating improvement among student groups identified for support.

Rosalia Elementary & Secondary School Rosalia School District

high achievement in Grad Rate and SQSS measures.

Friday Harbor High School San Juan Island School District

high achievement in ELA and Grad Rate.

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