Clover Park School District’s Custer Elementary School and Hudtloff Middle School received 2010 Washington Achievement Awards from the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) and the State Board of Education (SBE).
Custer was recognized for their work to close the achievement gap and Hudtloff received an award of overall excellence for schools with significant gifted populations. Schools are selected based on their statewide assessment data for the three previous years.
“We have been working tirelessly to ensure that all students succeed,” said Bev Eastman, principal of Custer. “We utilize targeted math and reading interventions during and after the school day. We customize instruction based on state and district assessment data and group students based on achievement levels to boost learning. Because of this hard work, Custer has consistently made Adequate Yearly Progress. I am so proud of my staff and students.”
Student performance was graded in five areas: reading, writing, math and science tests, and extended graduation rates to include high school students who take more than four years to graduate.
Each category was weighed by four indicators: achievement by students from low-income families; achievement by those not from low-income families; achievement measured against peer sub-groups such as disabilities, English Language Learners, gifted or low-income homes and mobility; and improvement of all students from the previous year.
The award-winning schools will be honored during award ceremony on April 27 at Lincoln High School in Tacoma. This is the second year of the Washington Achievement Awards. For more information, visit www.k12.wa.us/educationawards/WashingtonAchievement/default.aspx.