05/21/2019: "State Recognizes Orcas & SJI Schools"
Over the past year, the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, State Board of Education, and Educational Opportunity Gap Oversight and Accountability Committee created a new system of recognizing and celebrating schools’ achievement on the Washington School Improvement Framework (WSIF) measures. The 2017 to 2018 results are in, and both Orcas and San Juan Island high schools have made the list.
The new system places more emphasis on schools who are making progress closing opportunity gaps among student groups, as well as schools who have lower levels of achievement, but are seeing high levels of progress.
“The new way we measure success is aligned with our mission, vision, values, and commitment to equity,” said Chris Reykdal, Superintendent of Public Instruction. “Sixty-five percent of schools receiving awards this year have not been recognized in the previous three recognition cycles.”
Recognized schools measure within the top 20 percent on the WSIF measures and are making significant progress closing gaps among student groups.
“There is incredible work happening in our schools every day,” Reykdal said. “Accompanied by unprecedented levels of support at the state level and a relentless focus on data, schools are viewing continuous improvement like they never have before. The educators, students, and families of recognized schools have a lot to be proud of.”
On June 6, the schools will be honored in concurrent ceremonies in Olympia and Spokane.