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4.16.15: Five schools win Washington Achievement Award
4.16.15: Five schools win Washington Achievement Award
Posted on 04/14/2015

Puyallup High School and Carson, Ridgecrest, Spinning, and Woodland elementary schools have been selected to receive one or more Washington Achievement Awards, which are considered the state’s highest honor in recognition of high performing schools.


The annual awards program, sponsored by the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction and State Board of Education, celebrates Washington’s top performing schools based on three years of academic information.


Puyallup School District’s five award-winning schools are among 401 schools statewide to receive the annual Washington Achievement Award this year.


“We are very proud of the work taking place in all of our schools,” said district Superintendent Tim Yeomans. “To have five schools recognized for exemplary performance is great for our children, our district, and the entire Puyallup community.”


Puyallup School Board President Pat Donovan added, "This is fantastic news for our district and the schools that have been recognized. While all of our students and schools are working diligently for improvement, it is gratifying to see that these schools are being recognized as leaders in the state. Thanks to the schools, staff, parents, and communities for this great news."


Elementary, middle/junior high, and comprehensive high schools are recognized for achievement in six categories: overall excellence, high progress, reading growth, math growth, extended (5-year) graduation rate, and English language acquisition.


For the third consecutive year, Woodland Elementary School earned the top award for overall excellence. The award is based on state assessment data in science, writing, reading, and math for the past three years.


Woodland Elementary is among the top 5 percent of schools in the state to receive the overall excellence honor. Additionally, the school has been selected to receive a Washington Achievement Award for reading growth.


This is also the third consecutive year that Ridgecrest Elementary is being honored with the state award. The school won the award this year for math growth.


Spinning Elementary returned to the winners’ list for the second consecutive year with an award recognizing high progress. Schools qualify for the recognition if they are in the top 10 percent of schools statewide making the most progress in reading and math scores based on the previous three years of test scores.


Puyallup High won for the second straight year with an award in math growth, while Carson Elementary has been recognized for English language acquisition.


“Honoring successful schools is one of the most important things we do,” said state Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn. “We know schools are doing great work and are getting better at serving all students every day. We may not be where we want to be, but we are making progress. These awards celebrate both achievement and growth.”


The award-winning schools will be honored at a ceremony on April 28 at Spanaway Lake High School in Spanaway. A banner and an etched acrylic award will be given to all schools to display in their buildings.