White Center Heights Elementary earns State’s Top Education Award

Highline Public Schools announced Monday (April 17) that White Center Heights Elementary School has been honored with a 2016 Washington Achievement Award (WAA) for Math Growth and English Language Arts (ELA) Growth.

The honor is the state’s highest education award, the district said.

“I am incredibly proud of our students and staff at White Center Heights Elementary,” Superintendent Susan Enfield said. “This recognition is a testament to their hard work and dedication.”

White Center Heights was honored with awards in Math Growth in 2015, 2014 and 2013.

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 achievement. Schools must have at least 95 percent participation on state tests to qualify for recognition.

White Center Heights will be honored during a ceremony on May 3 at Olympic Middle School in Auburn, Wash.

The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) and the State Board of Education sponsor the WAA. Visit the OSPI website to learn more about WAA criteria and see the complete list of winners.

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