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White Center Heights Earns State's Top Education Award

White Center Heights Ongoing hard work and dedication to math education are paying off as two Highline schools have been honored with 2015 Washington Achievement Awards (WAA) for Math Growth. The honor is the state’s highest education award. Both Hazel Valley Elementary and White Center Heights Elementary earned one of the top awards for Math Growth.

“I am incredibly proud of the students and staff at these award-winning schools,” said Superintendent Susan Enfield. “These schools demonstrate that our students are fully capable of meeting high expectations in math with support and guidance from teachers and staff.”

Awards are based on three consecutive years of state assessment data. Schools are recognized as top performers in several categories including Overall Excellence, High Progress, English Language Arts Growth, Math Growth, Extended Graduation Rate, English Language Acquisition, and Achievement Gap.

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 must have at least 95 percent participation on state tests to qualify for recognition.

The award-winning schools will be honored during a ceremony on May 10. A total of 258 schools from across the state received a WAA this year, down from 401 schools last year.

The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) and the State Board of Education sponsor the WAA. Visit the OSPI website to learn more about WAA criteria and see the complete list of winners.