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OSPI Supt. Dorn Praises Southwood and Sunrise As Reward Schools!



February 22, 2013
Contact: Nathan Olson, OSPI
(360) 725-6015

Dorn Praises Progress of State’s Reward Schools;
Pledges Continued Support to Under-Performing Schools

OLYMPIA — State Superintendent Randy Dorn today released a list of schools that are leading the reform and improvement efforts in Washington state as well as lists of schools that have additional work to do to adequately meet the needs of all students.

The designations are required as part of the Washington state’s waiver from certain requirements of the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act. Schools that receive federal Title I funds can be identified as one of four types of schools:

1. Reward
2. Priority
3. Focus
4. Emerging

Schools were identified using three-year averages (2009-10 through 2011-12) of reading and math scores from the statewide tests and/or graduation rates. A total of 75 schools were identified as reward, 65 schools as priority, 107 as focus and 156 as emerging.

“The purpose of the identification is to acknowledge the improvement efforts in our reward schools and continue to collaborate, support and improve our lower performing schools,” Dorn said. “We have an obligation to ensure that each of our 1.1 million students in Washington has an opportunity to attend an excellent school.” [More …]

Full story: http://www.k12.wa.us/Communications/PressReleases2013/ESEA-Waiver.aspx