Waitsburg High again wins state honor

The school was recognized for exceptional improvement in reading and math.

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WAITSBURG -- For the third time, Waitsburg High School has been named a School of Distinction in Washington for demonstrating exceptional improvement in reading and math.

The award will be formally presented Nov. 30 at the ESD 123 office in Pasco.

Candidate schools are those that have demonstrated students are performing at least at the state average in fourth-, seventh- and 10th-grade reading and math assessments, as measured in the spring 2010 Measures of Student Progress (fourth and seventh grade) and High School Proficiency Exam (10th grade).

Schools meeting the requirement were evaluated on combined reading and math improvement over 2005 to 2010 state assessments. The top five percent of the elementary schools, middle/junior high schools and high schools are designated as a School of Distinction.

"Once again we're just very proud of our entire school district, because we do consider this a reflection of our K-12 program. It's a tribute to the staff, community and families of Waitsburg, and everyone contributes to providing the optimal learning environment and the successes we're seeing at the high school," Superintendent Carol Clarke said.

Waitsburg High School is one of 20 high schools in the state receiving the 2010 award. The school is one of 12 three-time winners among all school levels.

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