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Primary School takes Achievement Award


The Goldendale Primary School is among 258 schools that earned Washington Achievement Awards for 2015. Award-winning schools were notified this week via email by State Superintendent Randy Dorn and State Board of Education Chair Isabel Muñoz-Colón. This is the seventh year of the Washington Achievement Awards.

The awards use the State Board of Education Revised Achievement Index and are based on statewide assessment data for the three previous years. The Achievement Index measures school performance, emphasizing improvement and recognition. Schools cannot be listed as Priority or Focus and must have at least 95 percent participation on state tests to qualify for recognition.

“The Achievement Awards recognize schools and educators making a difference in student outcomes. Award recipients are schools that have made measurable progress helping students prepare for college, career, and life,” said Muñoz-Colón.“The Achievement Awards are one way we can learn more about the successful strategies Washington schools are using to help our kids.”

Schools are being recognized in seven categories:

1. Overall Excellence

2. High Progress

3. English Language Arts Growth

4. Math Growth

5. Extended Graduation Rate (only awarded to high and comprehensive schools)

6. English Language Acquisition

7. Achievement Gap

“OSPI and the State Board of Education have spent a lot of time on the achievement index,” said Dorn. “We’re very proud of the schools recognized for their performance on the index. Each school shows sustained growth or excellence, or both. I congratulate each and every school for the hard work they’ve done.”

The Goldendale Primary School’s award is for Award 3 (English Language). The school will join the other award-winning schools to be honored during a ceremony on May 10 at Union Gap School in Union Gap School District, itself an award winner for Overall Excellence, High Progress, English Language Arts Growth, Math Growth, and English Language Acquisition.

The Achievement Index is the only statewide school accountability system recognized by both the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction and State Board of Education. The Achievement Index measures student proficiency in math, English language arts, science, student growth, and college and career readiness. Educators, families, and community members can use the Index to identify areas of strength and improvement in Washington’s schools.


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