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2018 School of Distinction

Puget Sound Educational Service District (PSESD) is celebrating the 2018 School of Distinction (SOD) awards in our region. A total of 26 schools in 10 districts have earned this distinctive honor this year. Last week these districts and schools were notified of the recognition by the Center for Educational Effectiveness (CEE) and their partner organizations that have recognized schools all over the state for continuous and substantive improvement in English language arts and math over a five-year period.

John Welch, Puget Sound ESD Superintendent states, “We are thrilled to honor the 2018 Schools of Distinction and celebrate with the students, school staff, district leaders and communities for their contribution in this honor.  We pause to recognize these great strides in academic achievement as a collective work of many.  Congratulations on this awesome accomplishment and thank you for reminding all of us to never stop and always continue to aim higher to reach excellence in education.”

PSESD will be hosting a celebration for the School of Distinction award recipients in December.

Specifics of the methodology used to determine 2018 winners are summarized below:

Now in its 12th year, the School of Distinction (SOD) awards were created in the summer of 2007 to recognize the highest improving schools in Washington State. The awards are not intended as a replacement for state and federal accountability measures of school performance, but rather as a supplemental measure to recognize and celebrate school staff, students, and leaders who improve performance for all students over a sustained period of time in English language arts (ELA) and mathematics. The methodology has remained unchanged over the 12 years other than allowing for the transition from Measures of Student Progress (MSP) to Smarter Balanced Assessments (SBA) starting in 2015. This paper presents our approach to the 2018 SOD awards.

2018 School of Distinction Award Winners (WA State)

Puget Sound ESD 121 2018 School of Distinction Award Winners List

* = Repeat

** = Back-to-back winner in 2017 & 2018

(Nx) = N represents the number of times receiving the award


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Puget Sound Educational Service District (PSESD) is now accepting nominations for the 2019 PSESD Classified School Employee of the Year. This annual award recognizes and honors the work of school and district classified staff. PSESD’s Regional Classified School Employee of the Year will serve as one of nine finalists for OSPI’s annual statewide award, which will be announced in the spring.

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