Salem Woods Elementary Receives Washington Achievement Award

The State of Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) has selected Monroe School District's Salem Woods Elementary as a 2016 Washington Achievement Award (WAA) winner. Salem Woods Elementary is one of 258 public schools being recognized this year. There are 2,200 public schools statewide. Salem Woods Elementary was recognized for Special Recognition English Language Arts Growth. The award-winning schools will receive their awards in person at an OSPI ceremony on May 3, 2017 in Auburn.

"The Achievement Awards recognize schools and educators making a difference in student outcomes. Award recipients are schools that have made measurable progress helping students prepare for college, career, and life," said Isabel Muñoz-Colón, State Board of Education Chair. "The Achievement Awards are one way we can learn more about the successful strategies Washington schools are using to help our kids."

The awards use the State Board of Education Revised Achievement Index and are based on statewide assessment data for the three previous years. The Achievement Index measures school performance, emphasizing improvement and recognition. Schools cannot be listed as Priority or Focus and must have at least 95 percent participation on state tests to qualify for recognition.

The Achievement Index is the only statewide school accountability system recognized by both the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction and State Board of Education. The Achievement Index measures student proficiency in math, English language arts, science, student growth, and college and career readiness. Educators, families, and community members can use the Index to identify areas of strength and improvement in Washington's schools.

"OSPI and the State Board of Education have spent a lot of time on the achievement index," said Randy Dorn, superintendent of public instruction. "We're very proud of the schools recognized for their performance on the index. Each school shows sustained growth or excellence, or both. I congratulate each and every school for the hard work they've done."