Wa-Hi receives 2010 Washington Achievement Award

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WALLA WALLA - Walla Walla High School is among two high schools in the state to receive the 2010 Washington Achievement Award for closing the achievement gap.

Wa-Hi will be recognized by the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction on April 27 at a ceremony hosted by Lincoln High School in Tacoma.

"This award is recognition that the hard work put forth on a daily basis by our entire staff can result in steady and pronounced increases in student learning across the board," said Pete Peterson, Wa-Hi principal, in a statement. "This is a tribute to the dedication of our staff and students who make Walla Walla High School great."

The Washington Achievement Award was created by OSPI and the State Board of Education to celebrate top-performing schools and recognize achievement in multiple categories. Awards are given to elementary, middle, high and comprehensive schools in seven different categories: overall excellence, language arts, math, science, extended graduation rate (high and comprehensive schools only), improvement and closing achievement gaps.

Awards are based on a school's performance on statewide assessments for the three previous years. Data is analyzed using the Washington Achievement Index, which is approved by OSPI and the State Board of Education

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