Monday, October 21, 2013
GRANDVIEW – Grandview High School has joined a list of only 75 schools in the state of Washington to earn the title of a “reward school” from the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction.
“I think it’s great,” said Grandview Superintendent Kevin Chase. “Obviously it took a lot of hard work over a long time to achieve this.”
Reward schools are a result of a waiver Washington state received from certain Elementary and Secondary Education Act requirements. The state is now required to identify all schools receiving federal Title I funds as belonging to one of four categories.
Priority schools have low achievement or graduation rates over the last three years. Focus schools have low achievement or graduation rates in certain subgroups of students. Emerging schools are at a slightly higher level.
The final category, reward schools, includes the higher performing schools. Reward schools have met either the adequate yearly progress (as required before the waiver) or annual measurable objectives for the last three years.
Grandview High School Principal Mike Closner said the designation is the result of staff working to meet the needs of students.
“We’ve been strong in reading and writing programs for several years,” he said. “The last four or five years we’ve seen steady gains in math, science, graduation rates and extended graduation rates.”
The reward school designation gives school administrators assurance that their efforts are paying off.
“It means we’re continuing to serve the needs of our kids in a much better fashion,” Closner said. “As you walk through the school, I think you can see a difference in student engagement. Students and staff have worked hard to approach this level.”