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Everett School Board to honor five schools that earned one or more Washington Achievement Awards

Cedar Wood Elementary School Principal Dr. David Jones (second from left) with state officials and school staff at the 2011 awards presentation. Photo courtesy of Everett Public Schools.
Cedar Wood Elementary School Principal Dr. David Jones (second from left) with state officials and school staff at the 2011 awards presentation. Photo courtesy of Everett Public Schools.

By Mary Waggoner, Everett Public Schools Director of Communications.

Five of the Everett School District’s 26 schools qualified as among the state’s top performing schools for 2014, based upon statewide assessment data for the past three consecutive years – 2014, 2013, and 2012.

Three of these high achieving schools have earned this award more than once.

The Everett School Board will honor these schools and staff at their regular meeting on May 26th at 4:30 pm.

Most of this year’s winners have earned an achievement award before – as many as six times in the case of Cedar Wood Elementary School.  

Because the award is based upon continuous student learning measured over consecutive years, earning successive honors becomes more challenging over time.

Here are the schools and their 2014 Washington Achievement Award category:

  • Cedar Wood Elementary School - Overall Excellence and Reading Growth.
  • Mill Creek Elementary School - Overall Excellence and Reading Growth.
  • View Ridge Elementary School - English Language Acquisition.
  • Eisenhower Middle School - English Language Acquisition.
  • Henry M. Jackson High School - Extended Graduation Rate.

Cedar Wood Elementary has earned the state’s Achievement Award for the last six consecutive years.

Mill Creek Elementary earned the award for four years in a row starting in 2009 and is back on the list again for 2014.

Henry M. Jackson High School was a Washington Achievement School in 2011 and now again in 2014.

Across the state, only 401 (out of almost 2,000) elementary, middle, and high schools earned an achievement award in one of the possible seven categories:

  • Overall Excellence
  • High Progress
  • Reading Growth
  • Math Growth
  • Extended Graduation Rate (only for high schools)
  • English Language Acquisition

The state has 296 school districts. Only about half of those districts (159) had multiple schools earn Washington Achievement Awards for 2014.

Since 2009, when the district began tracking these and other state and national awards, district schools have earned such recognition more than 80 times.

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