PSD Schools Earn State Recognition

Seven Pasco schools are being honored by the state for their success in closing gaps and helping students make gains.

Emerson Elementary, Longfellow Elementary, Robinson Elementary, Twain Elementary, Ochoa Middle School, Stevens Middle School, and New Horizons High School have all been named State Recognized Schools for their work last school year.

They're among 391 schools in the state to earn the honor, which is part of a school recognition system developed by the Washington State Board of Education, the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction and the Educational Opportunity Gap Oversight and Accountability Committee.

Longfellow Elementary, Twain Elementary, Ochoa Middle School and Stevens Middle School are being recognized for their success in closing gaps for one or more student groups at a Targeted Support school, while New Horizons High School is being recognized for closing gaps for all students. Emerson Elementary is being recognized for closing gaps for English Learner Progress, as well as growth for students identifying as white. Robinson Elementary is being recognized for growth among students who qualify for the free and reduced-price lunch program and for students identifying as white.

"Washington schools are inspiring. With these awards we recognize the outstanding efforts of our schools and their positive impact on students," said Peter Maier, chair of the Washington State Board of Education. "The State Board, OSPI, and the Educational Opportunity Gap Oversight and Accountability Committee are excited to celebrate the diverse educational communities that support Washington’s ever-changing K-12 student population. Thank you to our state’s schools and educators for your dedication to students!"

"Right now, the whole world is understanding the significance of our public schools," said Superintendent of Public Instruction Chris Reykdal. "Public education provides each student with an opportunity for success; it's the foundation of our democracy and our society. Next week, we are honoring our educators who are committed to continually improving outcomes for their students. Thank you all for your amazing work."

 

 

Posted: April 22, 2020