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Title I, Part A Distinguished School and Academic Achievement Award Winners Announced

OLYMPIA — February 28, 2017 — The Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction’s Title I, Part A Program today announced winners of their 2016–17 Distinguished School and Academic Achievement Awards. The awards honor schools that have demonstrated excellence in English language arts or mathematics.

Two schools were selected as National Title I Distinguished Schools: Grey Wolf Elementary in Sequim, and Martin Sortun Elementary in Kent. Three more schools received the State Distinguished Schools award: Emerald Hills Elementary (Sumner), Parkwood Elementary (Shoreline), and Odyssey Elementary (Mukilteo).

The Title I, Part A Distinguished Schools award recognizes schools that show exceptional student performance or make strides toward better educational equity. These schools showed exceptional student performance for two or more consecutive years, showed significant progress towards closing the “achievement gap”—the disparity between student subgroups—or who showed excellence in service to special populations of students. OSPI measured this progress using student growth percentiles, which measure students’ growth against their peers, and Smarter Balanced Assessment scores.

Each nationally distinguished school will receive recognition at the National Title I Conference in Long Beach, Calif., and $10,000 for use toward professional development, team building, research, and strategy development. State Distinguished Schools will receive $5,000 each for the same purpose.

The Title I, Part A Academic Achievement award is given to schools that have significantly raised achievement through a specific strategy. OSPI also measured this progress using student growth percentiles and Smarter Balanced Assessment scores. Nine schools won the award:

  • Martin Sortun Elementary (Kent School District),
  • Emerald Hills Elementary (Sumner),
  • Parkwood Elementary (Shoreline),
  • Odyssey Elementary (Mukilteo),
  • Gildo Rey Elementary (Auburn),
  • Chambers Primary School (University Place),
  • Westview Elementary (Spokane),
  • Garfield Elementary (Everett) and
  • Cascade Elementary School (Eastmont).

Each school will receive $10,000 for professional development, team building, research, and strategy development.

Title I, Part A of the Every Student Succeeds Act is a federal program that serves the needs of children who struggle to learn. Title I, Part A programs and services provide customized instruction to help children meet academic standards and take an active, engaged interest in what they learn and can do.

Title I, Part A Distinguished School Award Winners

National Distinguished Schools

Grey Wolf Elementary
Sequim School District
Donna Hudson, Principal
Significant Progress in Closing Achievement Gap- Mathematics

Martin Sortun Elementary
Kent School District
Greg Kroll, Principal
Exceptional Student Performance-ELA Mathematics

State Distinguished Schools

Emerald Hills Elementary
Sumner School District
Andrea Landes, Principal
Significant Progress in Closing Achievement Gap-ELA

Parkwood Elementary
Shoreline School District
Ann Torres, Principal
Significant Progress in Closing Achievement Gap-Mathematics

Odyssey Elementary
Mukilteo School District
Cheryl Boze, Principal
Exceptional Student Performance-ELA Mathematics

Title I, Part A Academic Achievement Award Winners

Martin Sortun Elementary
Kent School District
Greg Kroll, Principal
Significantly Raising Student Achievement in Mathematics

Emerald Hills Elementary
Sumner School District
Andrea Landes, Principal
Significantly Raising Student Achievement in ELA

Parkwood Elementary
Shoreline School District
Ann Torres, Principal
Significantly Raising Student Achievement in Mathematics

Odyssey Elementary
Mukilteo School District
Cheryl Boze, Principal
Significantly Raising Student Achievement in Mathematics/ELA

Gildo Rey Elementary
Auburn School District
Lenny Holloman, Principal
Significantly Raising Student Achievement in Mathematics

Chambers Primary School
University Place School District
Ali Shepard, Principal
Significantly Raising Student Achievement in Mathematics/ELA

Westview Elementary
Spokane School District
Catherine Comfort, Principal
Significantly Raising Student Achievement in Mathematics

Garfield Elementary
Everett Schools
Monique Beane, Principal
Significantly Raising Student Achievement in ELA

Cascade Elementary School
Eastmont School District
Kim Browning, Principal
Significantly Raising Student Achievement in ELA

 

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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 Chris Reykdal, OSPI works with the state’s 295 school districts and nine educational service districts to administer basic education programs and improve student achievement on behalf of more than one million public school students.

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Nathan Olson
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   Updated 2/28/2017

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