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Education Awards

Washington Achievement Award

The Washington Achievement Award is based on the Washington Achievement Index. Schools must meet the 95% participation rate on state tests to be eligible. Schools are recognized in seven categories:

  • Overall Excellence
  • High Progress
  • English Language Arts Growth
  • Math Growth
  • Extended Graduation Rate (awarded to high and comprehensive schools only)
  • English Language Acquisition
  • Closing the Achievement Gap

How are award winners selected?

The Washington Achievement Award is based on statewide assessment data for the three previous years. This data is analyzed using the Achievement Index. Award winners are selected using an award methodology.

Why are there multiple categories?

Just as students in a classroom must excel in many subjects to become truly accomplished, schools must achieve on many different levels, in different subject areas and with different populations. The Washington Achievement Awards celebrate each of those victories with our schools.

Why is this award important?

By lifting up our most successful schools the Washington Achievement Award shines a light on the best practices that are making that success possible.

How are award winners recognized?

Award winners receive a banner and acrylic award to proudly display in their buildings. OSPI and SBE host an annual award ceremony in the spring at an award winning school.

My school always does well on state tests. Why didn’t it win an award?

Award winning schools are selected using many data points. Schools that do not meet the 95% participation rate on state tests are not eligible for the award. Not every school that is working hard will be recognized every year, but all schools can use the Achievement Index to give them an accurate picture of where they fall on the spectrum of achievement.



OSPI and the SBE are suspending the Washington Achievement Awards for this year while they work together on incorporating Washington's School Improvement Framework into statewide recognition programs.

View images from previous award ceremonies.

Previous Award Recipients

   Updated 5/21/2018

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