2017 NWESD Schools of Distinction

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11 NWESD Schools Honored: 2017 School of Distinction Award

The Northwest Educational Service District 189 (NWESD) is proud to celebrate the 2017 School of Distinction award winners in our region. A total of 11 NWESD schools and 7 repeat winners have been recognized with sustained improvement over a five-year period in English language arts (ELA), math, and graduation rate is the reason for schools across Washington being recognized with the 2017 School of Distinction award, announced on November 6, 2017. The Center for Educational Effectiveness (CEE) in partnership with the Association of Educational Service Districts (AESD), The Association of Washington School Principals (AWSP), Washington Association of School Administrators (WASA), Washington State School Directors’ Association (WSSDA) and the Washington State Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development (WSASCD), have recognized schools in the top 5% of improvement for their levels. Elementary and middle schools are recognized for sustained improvement in ELA and math achievement. High schools are recognized for sustained improvement in graduation rate over the past five years. 

"Continuous improvement is the work of all schools, and these schools represent the very best of those continuous improvement efforts across our state and region," said Larry Francois, Superintendent of the NWESD in Anacortes.

As Greg Lobdell, CEE CEO and Director of Research states, “Even though the diversity and context of the communities served by each of these schools across our state are vastly different, this award highlights the incredible work of the staff and leadership in these buildings and the students are the real winners.”

John Welch, Superintendent of the Puget Sound ESD in Renton and leading this work as President of the AESD leaders group stated, “These high improving schools demonstrate that in all areas of the state, from rural to urban, highly diverse, or economically challenged, there are schools serving the whole child and preparing them to be ready for college, work and career opportunities. This award process highlights our schools’ achievements and the need to continue to support the dedicated and talented professionals who serve our students and their families. Congratulations to the students, professional educators, and leaders for their exceptional dedication and effort. Well done!”

The 2017 School of Distinction Methodology Brief

Northwest Educational Service District 189- 2017 School of Distinction Award Winners


DARRINGTON Darrington Elementary Elem
EDMONDS Edmonds Elementary Elem
EVERETT Garfield Elementary* Elem
FERNDALE Central Elementary* Elem
FERNDALE Windward High HS‐P
SEDRO‐WOOLLEY Clear Lake Elementary* Elem
SEDRO‐WOOLLEY Samish Elementary* Elem
SNOHOMISH Cathcart Elementary* Elem
SNOHOMISH Centennial Middle MS
SNOHOMISH Seattle Hill Elementary* Elem
STANWOOD-CAMANO Elger Bay Elementary* Elem
* = Repeat Winners

2017 School of Distinction Award Winners (WA State)

2017 School of Distinction Repeat Winners (WA State)

You can also check out CEE’s School of Distinction interactive dashboard to compare schools with others in the state.

The Center for Educational Effectiveness (CEE) is a service, consulting, and research organization dedicated to the mission of partnering with K-12 schools to improve student learning. For additional information, please contact Marilyn McGuire, CEE Vice President, District and School Improvement:
Phone: (425) 947-5242
Mobile: (206) 818-8239


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