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    State Board of Education recognizes 11 Lake Washington School District schools


    OSPI State Recognized School logo

    Honored as ‘State-Recognized Schools’ for high achievement and closing gaps between 
    different student groups

    Redmond, Wash. – 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.

    This spring, in the first phase of the new state school recognition system, 216 schools statewide 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. Eleven of those schools come from Lake Washington School District (LWSD). The following is a list of the LWSD schools recognized by the state and what they are being recognized for:

    • Blackwell Elementary 
      • High achievement in English and Language Arts (ELA), Math, and School Quality and Student Support (SQSS) measures. 
    • Discovery School 
      • High achievement in ELA, Math, and SQSS measures. 
    • Environmental & Adventure School 
      • High achievement in ELA, Math, and SQSS measures. 
    • Explorer Community School 
      • High achievement in ELA and Math measures. 
    • Frost Elementary 
      • Closing gaps and demonstrating improvement among student groups identified for support. 
    • International Community School
      • High achievement in ELA, Math, Grad Rate and SQSS measures. 
    • Juanita Elementary 
      • Closing gaps and demonstrating improvement among student groups identified for support. 
    • Northstar Middle School 
      • High achievement in ELA, Math and SQSS measures. 
    • Rosa Parks Elementary 
      • High achievement in ELA, Math and SQSS measures. 
    • Stella Schola 
      • High achievement in ELA and Math measures. 
    • Wilder Elementary 
      • High achievement in ELA, Math and SQSS measures.

    “We are excited about this new approach to school recognition, which is designed to identify schools throughout the continuum of support,” said Kevin Laverty, Chair of the State Board of Education. “Recognized schools are in the top 20% on multiple measures and are closing achievement gaps or have all student groups achieving at a high level. Every school which earned a State Recognized School distinction this year should be very proud of their students and their staff.”

    The first recognition event under the new system will be on June 6. This event will take place concurrently in both Olympia and Spokane.

    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).
    Review the list of schools or to learn more about the new school recognition system.

    About the State Board of Education: The State Board of Education provides advocacy and strategic oversight of public education. The Board comprises 16 members: five are elected by school board directors, seven are appointed by the Governor, two serve as student representatives, and one serves as a private school representative. The Superintendent of Public Instruction is also a member. For more information on the State Board of Education: www.sbe.wa.gov

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    About Lake Washington: Lake Washington School District is a high-performing public school district serving Kirkland, Redmond, and Sammamish, Washington. It is the third largest district in the state of Washington, with nearly 30,000 students in 54 schools.