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Seven Schools Recognized as Title I, Part A Academic Achievement Schools
Each will receive $10,000 for efforts in raising student achievement

OLYMPIA — December 3, 2012 — Seven schools in Washington have been recognized as Title I, Part A Academic Achievement Schools. The awards are given to schools that have successfully met math or reading Annual Measurable Objectives (AMOs) in all student subgroups for the last school year (2011–12) and Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) in all student subgroups in school years ending in 2010 and 2011. The award honors those schools and improvement teams that have significantly raised student achievement in mathematics and/or reading through an identifiable strategy. These successful strategies can serve as models to assist other schools.

“Achieving these kinds of results isn’t easy,” said Randy Dorn, State Superintendent of Public Instruction. “I’m proud of the hard work these schools are doing to make sure that every kid is successful.”

Title I, Part A Academic Achievement Schools will each receive $10,000:

  • Blakely Elementary (K–4), Bainbridge Island School District
    Reese Ande, Principal
    Met AMO/AYP for three or more years — Mathematics
  • Columbia Crest School (K–6), Eatonville School District
    Janna Rush, Principal
    Met AMO/AYP for three or more years — Reading
  • East Olympia Elementary (PK–6), Tumwater School District
    Patty Kilmer, Principal
    Met AMO/AYP for three or more years — Reading
  • Oakesdale Elementary (K–8), Oakesdale School District
    Jason Reed, Principal
    Met AMO/AYP for three or more years — Mathematics
  • Pe Ell School (PK–12), Pe Ell School District
    Chris Schumaker, Principal
    Met AMO/AYP for three or more years — Mathematics
  • Selkirk Elementary (PK–5), Selkirk School District
    Nancy Lotze, Principal
    Met AMO/AYP for three or more years — Mathematics
  • Skykomish School (PK–8), Skykomish School District
    Edwina Hargrave, Principal
    Met AMO/AYP for three or more years — Mathematics

The Title I, Part A, Academic Achievement Award may be used for:

  • Professional development for improvement of the teachers’ knowledge base in an area of expertise, new area of expertise related to current position, or increased expertise in effective classroom practices.
  • Team-building and teacher planning opportunities for the purpose of furthering the work on developing school-reform strategies.
  • Development of additional research-based instruction.
  • Development of additional strategies, curriculum and training models.

The award-winning schools were determined using the following criteria:

  • School improvement facilitated by collaborative instructional team.
  • School has defined process/strategies that were used to achieve improvement.
  • School improvement can be supported with test data.
  • School strategies/processes address the Nine Characteristics of High Performing Schools (PDF).
  • School strategies have the potential for adoption by other schools.

AMO and AYP are measurements defined by the United States federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act that allows the U.S. Department of Education to determine how every public school and school district in the country is performing academically according to results on standardized tests.


About OSPI
The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) is the primary agency charged with overseeing K–12 education in Washington state. Led by State School Superintendent Randy Dorn, OSPI works with the state’s 295 school districts and nine educational service districts to administer basic education programs and implement education reform on behalf of more than one million public school students.

OSPI provides equal access to all programs and services without discrimination based on sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, honorably discharged veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability. Questions and complaints of alleged discrimination should be directed to the Equity and Civil Rights Director at (360) 725-6162 or P.O. Box 47200, Olympia, WA 98504-7200.

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Nathan Olson
OSPI Communications Manager
(360) 725-6015

For more information

Title I, Part A – A Parent’s Guide

Title I Academic Achievement Recognition Program

Title I, Part A of ESEA

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