State recognizes 26 area schools for achievement; 41 awards given

By Tom Vogt, Columbian science, military & history reporter

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Twenty-six area schools have been honored for achievement by state public education officials, including one school that's among the highest achievers in Washington.

The local winners are among 381 schools selected for the 2012 Washington Achievement Awards. (There are about 2,300 public schools in Washington.)

Schools were recognized for being top performers in seven categories: overall excellence; language arts; math; science; extended graduation rate; closing achievement gaps; and high progress (only for schools eligible for federal Title I assistance programs).

Forty-one awards were given to local schools.

With four awards, Battle Ground's CAM Academy was among the state's highest achieving schools; it was one of only nine schools in Washington to be honored in four or five categories.

Evergreen Public Schools had the most overall achievement awards — 16 — among local districts. Evergreen also had 11 different schools recognized, tops in Clark County.

The awards, now in their fourth year, are sponsored by the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction and the State Board of Education. Schools will be honored at a ceremony on April 30 at Kentwood High School in Covington.

Award winners by district

BATTLE GROUND

Battle Ground High: Extended graduation rate.

CAM Academy: Overall excellence; math; science; extended graduation rate.

Pleasant Valley Middle: Overall excellence; closing achievement gaps.

CAMAS

Camas High: Overall excellence; extended graduation rate.

Grass Valley Elementary: Overall excellence; science.

Liberty Middle: Overall excellence.

Skyridge Middle: Overall excellence; science.

EVERGREEN

Cascade Middle: Closing achievement gaps.

Columbia Valley Elementary: Closing achievement gaps.

Covington Middle: Closing achievement gaps.

Fisher’s Landing Elementary: Overall excellence; math; science.

Hearthwood Elementary: Science.

Heritage High: Language arts.

Mill Plain Elementary: Science.

Pacific Middle: Closing achievement gaps.

Riverview Elementary: Overall excellence; science; closing achievement gaps.

Shahala Middle: Overall excellence; closing achievement gaps.

Union High: Extended graduation rate.

HOCKINSON

Hockinson High: High progress.

RIDGEFIELD

South Ridge Elementary: High progress.

Union Ridge Elementary: High progress.

VANCOUVER

Eisenhower Elementary: Closing achievement gaps.

Vancouver Home Connection: Overall excellence.

Vancouver School of Arts & Academics: Overall excellence; language arts; science.

WOODLAND

Woodland High: Overall excellence; extended graduation rate.

Woodland Intermediate: Science.