Five North Kitsap School District schools awarded state’s highest honor

POULSBO — A mix of schools within the North Kitsap School District will receive the Washington Achievement Award April 24.

Of the five schools receiving the award, Pearson Elementary School will receive an award for overall excellence. Vinland Elementary and North Kitsap High School will be awarded for “high progress.” Kingston High School will receive special recognition in math growth. And the middle school Options program will receive special recognition in reading growth.

“I am thrill with this recognition,” Superintendent Patty Page said in a district statement. “All of the staff in North Kitsap work hard every day, and our students are reaping the benefits. North Kitsap has much to be proud of.

A total of 413 schools statewide will be recognized.

Of the achievements, “overall excellence” for Pearson means the school is among the top few percentile based on three years of data.

“High progress” for Vinland and North Kitsap means they are in the top 10 percent of schools making the most progress in the performance of all students for three years.

Special recognitions for KHS and Options in math and reading show that the schools are in the top 5 percent of median growth in their respective categories.

The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction uses the Achievement Index to assess schools. Those with top performance, such as the ones listed above, are identified.

“These awards shine the light on what is working well in schools across Washington, Education Chair Dr. Kristina Mayer said in a prepared statement.


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