Congratulations! Your school is a 2016 School of Distinction (SOD). The School of Distinction award is the only one in the state entirely focused on combined improvement in ELA and math, sustained over a five-year period. Achieving this award requires continued, intentional effort from leaders and staff members. It is truly an award that recognizes the accomplishments of a dedicated and focused group of adults doing their best work for their students.
Joined with our partner organizations—Association of Educational Service Districts (AESD), Association of Washington School Principals (AWSP), Washington Association of School Administrators (WASA), Washington State Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (WSASCD) and Washington State School Directors’ Association (WSSDA)—we acknowledge the great work you are doing to benefit student learning and achievement.
Attached you will find a methodology brief that details how the measures were calculated and other information about the School of Distinction Award. CEE used the same measurement process as 2015 to recognize improvement over time in an authentic and accurate manner to identify the School of Distinction awards for this year.
Your efforts deserve celebration. Your school will receive a 2016 School of Distinction banner and Certificate from your ESD for display at your school – visual reminders and a source of pride for you and your entire school community.
We applaud all you are doing to make such positive contributions to your students and hope in the next few weeks you will take some time to celebrate both your efforts and your achievements.