South Bend middle school was awarded as one of the 24 middle and/or junior high schools recognized for outstanding improvement in student achievement over five years.
“Always working to get better, whether it is academics, athletics or one’s profession, is what life is all about,” said South Bend Superintendent Mike Morris. “It is nice for our staff to be recognized for their efforts to improve test scores and programs for our kids. Kudos to principals, all our staff and especially our kids for all their great work. I am very proud of my staff as well as all the other staff members who have influenced these kids in their education thus far.
“The whole district has been working very hard to improve instruction and test scores and this is a nice way of recognizing this hard work district wide,” said SBHS Principal ??? Nelson. “Our kids should be very proud of this achievement and what their hard work has delivered.”
Schools are measured by numeracy and literacy results on state assessments over a five-year period.
In all, 99 schools throughout the state were recognized. The Seventh Annual School of Distinction award winners include 55 elementary, 24 middle/junior high, and 23 high schools representing the top 5 percent of improvement of all schools in Washington State.
“South Bend was the highest improving middle school in the state of Washington,” said Greg Lobdell, a spokesman from Center for Educational Effectiveness.
The award is based upon the last five years of data from state testing in reading and math as measured on the MSPE/HSPE.