Eleven Mid-Columbia schools were recently recognized as among the highest-performing in the state.
Progress in math and reading, improvements of graduation rates or overall progress and excellence led to the schools to be listed.
They are in the Kennewick, Kiona-Benton City, North Franklin, Othello, Pasco, Prosser and Richland school districts. More than half of the local winners also earned the awards last year.
“We know schools are doing great work and are getting better at serving all students every day,” said state Superintendent Randy Dorn. “We may not be where we want to be, but we are making progress.”
Only two Mid-Columbia schools earned an award in more than one category: North Franklin’s Connell High School for high progress and its graduation rate, and Richland’s Hanford High School for high progress and reading growth.
Other high progress schools included Othello High School, Paterson Elementary School, Prosser’s Whitstran Elementary School, Richland’s Enterprise Middle School and Walla Walla High School.
Kennewick’s Southgate Elementary School, Kiona-Benton City High School and Othello’s Scootney Springs Elementary School were recognized for reading growth while Pasco’s James McGee Elementary School’s earned an award for math growth.
Southgate, Connell, Scootney Springs, McGee, Whitstran and Hanford High won awards last year.
The awards are determined by the past three years of state testing data for each school and where each school sits on the state’s Achievement Index, a metric that uses various academic data to measure academic growth.
Schools can earn an award in six different categories: overall excellence, English language acquisition, growth in reading or math, high progress and graduation rate.
High progress schools are among the top 10 percent in the state, while those designated with overall excellence are in the top 5 percent.