Local schools' improvement awarded

10 schools in ESD 112 recognized by state for gains in reading, math

By Susan Parrish, Columbian education reporter

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Ten schools in the Educational Service District 112 region — eight of them in Clark County — received the 2012 School of Distinction Award, determined by outstanding improvement in student achievement.

A total of 97 Washington schools were named to the list. The announcement was made by The Center for Educational Effectiveness, which bestowed the award along with six other educational organizations in the state.

"These schools are among the top 5 percent highest improving schools in the state for reading and math achievement over the past five years," said Lori Simpson, ESD 112 deputy director.

Students must perform at least at the state average in each grade level on reading and math assessments. Schools meeting this requirement were then evaluated on combined reading and math improvement over the last five years.

They are Battle Ground High School, Chief Umtuch Middle School and Tukes Valley Middle School, (Battle Ground Public Schools); Grass Valley Elementary, (Camas School District); South Ridge Elementary, (Ridgefield School District); Dwight D. Eisenhower Elementary, (Vancouver Public Schools); Cape Horn-Skye Elementary, (Washougal School District); Green Mountain School; Stevenson High School and Kalama Junior/Senior High.

Green Mountain, Eisenhower and Cape Horn-Skye are three-time winners.

"These schools have improved every year they've been on the list," Simpson said.

The schools will be recognized at a May 24 ceremony at the ESD office.

Last year, only four Clark County schools were named Schools of Distinction. They were HomeLink Schools and HomeLink River, both two-time winners, Battle Ground Public Schools; Eisenhower Elementary and Cape Horn-Skye Elementary.