Washington State 2014 School of Distinction. This award acknowledges outstanding improvements in reading and math sustained over a five year period, and is limited to schools in the top 5 percent of improvements for their grade band. Statewide, there were 17 high schools recognized.
This was the eighth annual School of Distinction award, and the Center for Educational Effectiveness is the organization that issues the award. Raymond was part of a wide variety of types of schools, the president of the organization commented: "These schools are from all regions of the state, all sizes of towns, with a range from 2.7 percent to 100 percent poverty and enrollment of English Language Learners as high as 40 percent. These schools demonstrate that significant improvement is occurring all across our diverse public schools."
Each regional Educational Service District in the state will be hosting an award ceremony to recognize any School of Distinction award winners, but dates have not been set.