Local schools get high marks in new evaluation system

Several local schools were among those that performed well in a new state system to evaluate Washington’s schools.

The Washington School Improvement Framework was designed to identify which schools need help from the state’s Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction.

Schools are evaluated based on their graduation and attendance rates, success and improvement on math and English language arts tests, academic improvement among students learning English, and other measures.

More than 200 schools were recognized last week by the state’s Board of Education for high scores and for making progress toward closing achievement gaps among student groups in the 2017-18 school year.

They include:

Avanti High School, Jefferson Middle School, and Boston Harbor and McLane elementary schools in the Olympia School District

South Bay Elementary School in North Thurston Public Schools

Tumwater Middle School and Tumwater Hill Elementary School in the Tumwater School District

Yelm Middle School in Yelm Community Schools

Rainier Senior High and Rainier Middle schools in the Rainier School District

All the schools will be recognized at ceremonies scheduled for June 6 in Olympia and Spokane.