Yakima & Kittitas Co. schools among 2013 "Schools of Distinction" recipients

Five south central Washington schools are among 99 being honored statewide with the 2013 School of Distinction Award, which recognizes outstanding improvement in student achievement during the past five years.

The five area schools named for 2013 are:

  • Cle Elum-Roslyn High School, which previously received a School of Distinction Award in 2007.
  • East Valley School District’s Moxee Elementary School, which is receiving a School of Distinction Award for the first time.
  • Kittitas High School, which previously received a School of Distinction Award in 2009.
  • Union Gap School, which also received a School of Distinction Award in 2012.
  • West Valley School District’s Wide Hollow Elementary, which previously received a School of Distinction Award in 2010 and was similarly honored for being among the state’s top 5 percent of most improved schools in 2009.

The Schools of Distinction Award goes to the top 5 percent of Washington schools that have attained the most outstanding levels of reading and math improvement among their students over the past five years.  Levels of student achievement are calculated from test scores collected in the state’s Measurements of Student Progress for elementary schools (grades 3, 4 and 5) and for middle schools (grades 6, 7, and 8).  High school performances are based on 10th grade scores in the High School Proficiency Exam for Reading, combined with end-of-course math results.

 To be eligible for the School of Distinction Award, a school must perform at or above the state median in grades 3-5 (for elementary schools), grades 6-8 (for middle schools), or grade 10 (for high schools) in state reading and math assessments.