PAL Program, Pearson Elementary receive state award

POULSBO — North Kitsap School District’s Parent Assisted Learning  Program and Hilder Pearson Elementary School are recipients of the 2011 Washington Achievement Award by the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction and the state Board of Education.

PAL, a program that offers both part and full-time home-based instruction for grades K-8 support by and in coordination with North Kitsap School District teachers, is receiving the award for improvement. Hilder Pearson Elementary is being recognized for closing the achievement gap.

“We are extremely proud of the work of our very dedicated PAL staff,” said Patricia Moore, the district director of elementary education and special programs. “They are outstanding in providing support to our home-school families that want to collaborate with NKSD. Their educational efforts are directly linked to the student achievement they are being recognized for.”

The Washington Achievement Award celebrates top-performing schools and recognizes achievement in multiple categories. This highly selective award is based on school performance according to the Washington Achievement Index, a comprehensive measurement of how schools in Washington are performing over time. The Washington Achievement Award is given to elementary, middle, high and comprehensive schools in seven different categories: overall excellence, language arts, math, science, extended graduation rate (high and comprehensive schools only), improvement and closing achievement gaps.

The PAL Program and Hilder Pearson Elementary will be recognized on April 25 for their achievements by OSPI and the state Board of Education at a ceremony in Everett.

Vinland Elementary School received the 2010 Washington Achievement Award for Overall Excellence.


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