Arbor Heights Receives 2015 Washington Achievement Award

Arbor Heights Receives 2015 Washington Achievement Award
Posted on 04/26/2016
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Dear Arbor Heights Families,

I am thrilled to share with you that our school has been awarded the 2015 Washington Achievement Award. We are one of only 258 schools in the state to receive this award. 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 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

“OSPI and the State Board of Education have spent a lot of time on the achievement index,” said Randy Dorn, superintendent of public instruction. “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 award-winning schools will 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.

Congratulations to the Arbor Heights’ students, staff, and families. All of you have worked hard with dedication, passion, and perseverance during the past four years. Your commitment to the students of Arbor Heights is commendable and as such, we honor and appreciate all of you!

Christy Collins
Proud Principal of Arbor Heights!

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