10-19-11: Five schools receive School of Distinction award
10-19-11: Five schools receive School of Distinction award

Two junior high and three elementary schools have each been named a School of Distinction for being among the top 5 percent of schools statewide that demonstrated sustained improvement the past five years in reading and math.

Ballou and Kalles junior high schools, and Fruitland, Shaw Road, and Wildwood elementary schools, are among 99 Washington schools recognized with the award.

This is the third consecutive year that Kalles Junior High has received the statewide recognition, the fourth time in five years that Fruitland Elementary has won the award, and the second time that Wildwood Elementary has been recognized since the award program began in 2007.

Like last year, the Puyallup School District ranks second in the state this year for having the most schools from one district to receive the award.

The five local schools will be honored at the November 28 Puyallup School Board meeting. The meeting begins at 6 p.m. at Ballou Junior High, 9916 13th St. E.

The award is based on students scoring at or above the state average in grades three through eight on the 2011 Measurement of Student Progress and in grade 10 on the High School Proficiency Exam.

Schools that met that requirement were then evaluated for academic gains in both subjects over the past five years.

The award is sponsored by The Center for Educational Effectiveness, the Association of Educational Service Districts, the Association of Washington School Principals, the Washington chapter of Phi Delta Kappa International, the Washington Association of School Administrators, the Washington State ASCD, and the Washington State School Directors’ Association.

The following Puyallup School District schools received the School of Distinction Award in past years:

2010
Kalles Junior High
Sunrise Elementary
Woodland Elementary
Zeiger Elementary

2009
Kalles Junior High
Fruitland Elementary
Hunt Elementary
Zeiger Elementary

2008
Stahl Junior High
Fruitland Elementary
Hunt Elementary
Northwood Elementary

2007
Fruitland Elementary
Hunt Elementary
Wildwood Elementary