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Glenwood Elementary School earns state award for student growth

Glenwood Elementary School was named a 2016 Washington Achievement Award winner from the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction and the State Board of Education for student growth in English Language Arts (ELA).

This award recognizes the incredible growth that Glenwood students made from one year to the next in their ability to read and write effectively as measured on the Smarter Balanced English/Language Arts Assessment. Glenwood students showed more academic growth than 74 percent of fourth- and fifth-grade students across the state. That means that only 19 elementary schools across Washington had more growth than Glenwood students!

Glenwood staff follow a very specific process of using student data throughout the year to measure and monitor student growth. Teachers come together in collaborative teams every six to eight weeks to review student growth data. Using this information, they assign students to Academic Enrichment and Intervention (AEI) activities. Students receive the targeted support that they need to develop and extend their literacy skills during this AEI time. All educators across the building, from recess paraeducators to the principal, provide intervention and enrichment instruction during daily AEI blocks. This ensures that students get targeted instruction in very small groups, based on their individual needs.

“I am proud of the effective effort put forth by our students, staff and families at Glenwood,” said John Balmer, Principal of Glenwood Elementary School. “The state assessment is just one of many indicators that show the growth our students are making in ELA and other content areas. Our students understand that school and learning is important and that with effort, they will be successful. We are focused on nurturing and recognizing effort and improvement; challenging all students with rigorous learning outcomes; and providing support when kids struggle.”

Washington Achievement Award recipients are the highest performing schools in the state based on three years of academic information as reported in the Washington Achievement Index. Schools are recognized for being top performers in seven categories:

  1. Overall Excellence

  2. High Progress

  3. English Language Arts Growth

  4. Math Growth

  5. Extended Graduation Rate (only awarded to high and comprehensive schools)

  6. English Language Acquisition

  7. Achievement Gap

In total, 280 schools across the state received this honor. The award-winning schools will be honored during a ceremony on Wednesday, May 3 at Olympic Middle School in Auburn. This is the eighth year of the Washington Achievement Awards.