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Families and Education Levy Schools Honored as Schools of Distinction

We are thrilled to share the news that several of the Department of Education and Early Learning’s school partners have been recognized by the State of Washington for their amazing work in improving student achievement rates. The designation as a School of Distinction signifies that the recipient ranks in the top five percent of schools in the state for raising academic achievement over five years in reading and math; high schools are recognized for their graduation rates.

Rainier Beach High School has raised its graduation rate by 25 percentage points since 2011 and graduated 79 percent of its seniors last year–up from only 54 percent in 2011. The Families and Education Levy funds the school’s health clinic.

Cleveland High School is a repeat winner and has continued to make strong improvements in student graduation rates. The Families and Education Levy funds the school’s health clinic and a portfolio of student interventions. 

Additionally, Hazel Wolf and Broadview Thompson K-8 Schools were recognized for the first time as Schools of Distinction. Both of these schools receive funding from the Families and Education Levy to implement interventions for struggling students.

Congratulations! And keep up the hard work!

Please click here for the full story in the Seattle Times.