WASHOUGAL — Jemtegaard Middle School and Gause Elementary School were recently recognized by the State Board of Education, Educational Opportunity Gap Oversight and Accountability Committee, and the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction. Jemtegaard was recognized for closing the achievement gap for special education students, and Gause was recognized for its work increasing academic performance for Hispanic students. “We are thrilled to the see the state recognize the success our schools are having,” Washougal School District Superintendent Mary Templeton said in a news release. “The work at these schools is an excellent example of how we are supporting all our students by closing the opportunity gap through knowing, nurturing and challenging them to rise.” The schools will be recognized by the state Board of Education during a virtual event later in the spring. Recognized schools receive a banner for display at their buildings. To learn more, visit sbe.wa.gov/2018-19-school-recognition-methodology.