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Westwood Receives Award of Distinction!



The team at Westwood Elementary was honored with an Award of Distinction for their sustained improvement as measured by test scores over the last five years. Westwood students earned their way into the top 5% of schools showing improvement! Principal Scott Meyer shared, "We are excited about being honored with the School of Distinction award because of what it represents. This affirms all of the hard work our staff and students have put in to create a school that is focused on growth and reaching our next goal! Level up!"

The Award of Distinction is designed to:

  • Recognize sustained improvement using five years of improvement in performance data. Performance is defined based on two foundational skills—literacy and numeracy. Specifically, results from the state assessments over those five years of data in English language arts (ELA) and mathematics.
  • Use publicly available data to ensure transparency and ease of interpretation.
  • Recognize that across our K-12 system there are different performance characteristics by grade bands (elementary, middle/junior high, and high schools). We will recognize the top 5% in each band for both traditional public schools and in alternative public schools.
  • Recognize meaningful improvement: A small number (5%) of schools who have demonstrated sustained improvement in both ELA and math over a 5-year span (elementary and middle/junior high schools) and a sustained improvement in graduation rate (high schools).

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