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Pierce County schools earn state recognition

Post by Debbie Cafazzo / The News Tribune on April 3, 2013 at 6:40 pm | No Comments »
April 3, 2013 6:40 pm

A total of 381 schools across the state are recipients of the Washington Achievement Award for 2012. Included on the list are more than two dozen from Pierce County. (For a complete list of awardees, click here.)

The awards, now in their fourth year, are sponsored by the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction and the State Board of Education. Award winners based on both the state’s Achievement Index and on federal criteria.

Schools are recognized for being top performers in seven categories:

Overall Excellence
Language Arts
Math
Science
Extended Graduation Rate (only awarded to high schools and comprehensive schools)
Closing Achievement Gaps
High Progress (for federally designated high-poverty schools)

The award-winning schools will be honored during an award ceremony on April 30 at Kentwood High School in Covington, itself an award winner for “Math” and “Closing Achievement Gaps.”

Washington’s School Achievement Index rates all schools according to specific outcomes and indicators, from 2010 to 2012. The elements are student performance in state reading, writing, math and science tests, as well as the school’s extended graduation rate, which includes those students who took longer than four years to graduate.

Those outcomes are each measured for students who are not from low-income families as well as those who are. Schools are compared with other schools with similar demographics, such as the percentage of students who have a disability, are learning English, are designated as gifted, and other factors. The index looks at improvement over time.

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