- Sequoyah Middle School
Sequoyah Named Washington State Achievement Award Winner
Sequoyah Middle School has been named one of OSPI's Washington Achievement Award Winners for 2015. Sequoyah was selected for its gains in language acquisition: Schools qualify for recognition in this category if they are in approximately the top five percent of schools, based on the median point gain on the Washington English Language Proficiency Assessment (WELPA).
The Washington Achievement Awards are sponsored by the Washington State Board of Education and the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. They celebrate Washington’s top-performing schools and recognize achievement in many categories. This highly-selective award is based on our school’s performance on the Achievement Index.
A total of 258 schools earned Washington Achievement Awards for 2015. This is the seventh year of the Washington Achievement Awards.
The awards use the State Board of Education Revised Achievement Index and are based on statewide assessment data for the three previous years. The Achievement Index measures school performance, emphasizing improvement and recognition. Schools cannot be listed as Priority or Focus and must have at least 95 percent participation on state tests to qualify for recognition.
“The Achievement Awards recognize schools and educators making a difference in student outcomes. Award recipients are schools that have made measurable progress helping students prepare for college, career, and life,” said Isabel Muñoz-Colón, State Board of Education Chair. “The Achievement Awards are one way we can learn more about the successful strategies Washington schools are using to help our kids.”
“OSPI and the State Board of Education have spent a lot of time on the achievement index,” said Randy Dorn, superintendent of public instruction. “We’re very proud of the schools recognized for their performance on the index. Each school shows sustained growth or excellence, or both. I congratulate each and every school for the hard work they’ve done.”
The award-winning schools will be honored during a ceremony on May 10 at Union Gap School in Union Gap School District.
The Achievement Index is the only statewide school accountability system recognized by both the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction and State Board of Education. The Achievement Index measures student proficiency in math, English language arts, science, student growth, and college and career readiness. Educators, families, and community members can use the Index to identify areas of strength and improvement in Washington’s schools.