Ten schools in Thurston County — including seven in the Olympia School District — have received the Washington Achievement Award. The award, the state’s highest honor for academic success, is based on improvements on standardized test scores over the past three years. It is awarded to 280 schools.
Local honorees include:
North Thurston Public Schools: Aspire Middle School for overall excellence and high progress; Komachin Middle School for closing the achievement gap for Hispanic students.
Olympia School District: Boston Harbor Elementary School for overall excellence; Garfield Elementary School for growth in English language arts; Jefferson Middle School for overall excellence and growth in math and English language arts; Marshall Middle School for growth in math; McKenny Elementary School for growth in math; McLane Elementary School for closing the achievement gap for students with disabilities; Washington Middle School for high progress.
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The schools will be honored May 3 at an event in Auburn.
“I am proud to award nearly 300 schools with this honor,” state Superintendent Chris Reykdal said in a news release. “These schools help Washington lead the way in innovative education and access to high-quality learning opportunities.”
“The achievement awards recognize all the great work happening in Washington schools and the ways educators are making a difference in student outcomes,” said Kevin Laverty, State Board of Education acting chairman. “It presents an opportunity to honor schools that are achieving at high levels, as well as schools that are making great growth.”