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Five Schools Achieve State Recognition

Congratulations to Daniel, Meridian, Ridgewood, and Sawyer Woods elementary schools and Kent Mountain View Academy for being in the top 20 percent of Washington State schools on multiple measures including closing achievement gaps and having all student groups achieving at a high level.

This spring, in the first phase of the new state school recognition system, 216 schools are being recognized which have demonstrated exemplary performance or who have made significant progress closing opportunity and achievement gaps in the Washington School Improvement Framework (WSIF) measures. Staff and students are commended for their hard work and dedication to both teaching and learning.

George T. Daniel Elementary School

Principal Patty Drobny      

Growth in the WSIF metrics while narrowing the gap between the highest and lowest performing student groups. All student groups are performing at 6.0 or higher on the 2019 WISF, well above the state average.

Meridian Elementary School

Principal Stephanie Barringer

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

Ridgewood Elementary School

Principal Cynthia Green

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

Sawyer Woods Elementary School

Principal Tim Helgeson

High Achievement in English Language Acquisition, Math and School Quality Student Success measures.

Kent Mountain View Academy

Principal Stephanie Knipp

High achievement and growth in English Language Acquisition and School Quality Student Success measures. They are the only school in the state to be recognized for both growth and achievement. 

Recognition criteria measures for the first year include both growth and achievement on academic indicators (proficiency, growth, graduation rate, English language progress) as well as school quality and student success measures (dual credit participation, regular attendance, and ninth grade on track rates).

If you have questions about which specific metrics were used to identify specific schools for recognition, view this spreadsheet to learn more

Over the past year, the State Board of Education (SBE), the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI), and the Educational Opportunity Gap Oversight and Accountability Committee (EOGOAC) worked together to revise the Washington State school recognition system to more equitably recognize schools for their commitment to providing all students an opportunity to reach their educational goals.