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April 19, 2016

Lincoln and Southgate earn state recognition for achievement

Two schools from Kennewick School District are Washington Achievement Award winners for 2015. Lincoln Elementary was recognized in the category of High Progress and Southgate Elementary for English Language Arts Growth.

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.

A total of 258 schools 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 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 Isabel Muñoz-Colón, State Board of Education Chair. “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

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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