FORT LEWIS, WA–Clover Park School District’s Clarkmoor Elementary School has been named one of 98 “Schools of Distinction” by the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) for dramatic improvements in student reading and mathematics over the past several years.
On Oct. 22, Debbie LeBeau, superintendent of Clover Park School District, and Molly Click, Clarkmoor Elementary School principal, joined the state superintendent of public instruction, Dr. Terry Bergeson to accept the award at a statewide press event at Garfield High School.
“Clarkmoor is very deserving of this award,” said LeBeau. “Like many of our district’s schools, Clarkmoor staff have worked extremely hard to teach students the skills they need to be successful in math and reading. It is important to honor them for their dedication to their students and I am proud to take part in this special day.”
OSPI’s Schools of Distinction represent the top 5 percent of elementary, middle and high schools whose students have shown outstanding growth in both reading and mathematics skills during a six-year period. This year’s winning schools include 53 elementary schools, 21 middle schools, 20 high schools and seven alternative schools‚Äîout of nearly 2,500 schools in the state.
To be considered for the award, each school had to exceed the state average performance in fourth, seventh or 10th grade reading and math, as measured by the spring 2008 Washington Assessment of Student Learning.
Schools that met the average performance requirements were then evaluated for WASL performance during the last six years. Results in grades four, seven and 10 were evaluated because those are the only grade levels with six years of trend data.
Independent research and analysis to establish criteria for the awards and to identify the schools with the greatest improvement was conducted by Greg Lobdell of the Center for Educational Effectiveness in Redmond.
(Photo by Nancy Covert)