UPDATE: Beachwood, Oakwood, Southgate Elementaries, Hudtloff, Lakes Among 2012 Schools of Distinction

Ninety-seven Washington State schools were recognized last week for outstanding improvement in student achievement over the course of five years. Nearby Steilacoom High also was recognized.

Three cheers to the Clover Park School District.

Scratch that.

Make it five, as in the number of schools in Lakewood and JBLM that were recognized last week with the 2012 School of Distinction Award for outstanding improvement in student achievement over the last five years.

They are:

“I am incredibly proud of the staff and students at Beachwood, Oakwood, Southgate, Hudtloff and Lakes,” said CPSD Superintendent Debbie LeBeau.

“Our staff are using data to identify students who need additional support and then differentiating their instruction to make sure all students achieve. This approach helps improve test scores but, more importantly, strengthens student learning.”

This is Hudtloff’s third consecutive School of Distinction award and Beachwood’s second.

Nearby Steilacoom High also was recognized.

According to a press release from the Center for Educational Effectiveness (CEE), a total of 97 schools in the state were given the award this year. Winners include 54 elementary schools, 24 middle/junior high schools and 19 high schools.

“These schools represent the top 5 percent of improvement of all schools in Washington state,” noted Greg Lobdell, CEE President.

Mike Dunn, Superintendent of the Spokane Educational Service District who also leads this recognition work for the Association of Educational Service Districts (AESD) Superintendents said, “The success and hard work of these highest improving schools across our state needs to be celebrated and shared in order to support improvement efforts across Washington and make this difference for all students. This is a testament to the staff, students, leaders, and communities serving these students”.

The winning schools were selected based on criteria outlined below:

  • Three grade bands are used for calculation: grades 3, 4, and 5 for elementary schools, grades 6, 7 and 8 for middle or junior high schools, and grade 10 for high schools. A school must have data in two of three grades to be considered for that band. Data source is the OSPI reported data from the data downloads section of the state report card: http://reportcard.ospi.k12.wa.us/DataDownload.aspx
  • For grades 3 to 8, the 2012 performance is defined as the “Reading/Math Level Index” and must meet the minimum threshold: at or above the state median for the grade band. For 10th grade, OSPI is no longer publically reporting the Reading/Math level index results. CEE used High School Proficiency Exam for Reading and combined End-of-Course Math results (including students who passed the exam as 9th graders in 2011) to obtain a valid measure for 2012 10th grade performance.
  • The performance measure is calculated using the Measures of Student Progress (3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th grade) and for 10th grade, the High School Proficiency Exam in Reading and the End-of-Course exams in Math.
  • Using data from 2007 through 2012 provides six data points which identify five improvement steps.
  • A school may be considered in multiple bands, e.g. a K-8 school would be eligible in both elementary and middle/junior high bands. Alternative learning environments are considered independently in each of the 3 grade bands (subject to the same minimum performance threshold as all schools in the grade band).
  • A school must have data in at least three of six years to be considered, one of which must be 2012.
  • "Improvement" is defined as the slope of linear trend over the five years.
  • The number of schools comprising 5 percent is based on the number of schools at each grade band with valid 2012 data.

This year marks the sixth annual School of Distinction award recognition in Washington State. The awards are presented from The Center for Educational Effectiveness (CEE), the Association of Educational Service Districts (AESD), the Association of Washington School Principals (AWSP), Phi Delta Kappa-Washington Chapter (PDK-WA), Washington Association of School Administrators (WASA), Washington State ASCD and Washington State School Directors’ Association (WSSDA).


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