Pair of local schools win state acclaim

Prescott Junior-Senior High School and Prospect Point Elementary School were recognized.

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PRESCOTT -- Prescott Junior-Senior High School and Prospect Point Elementary School in Walla Walla were among the 99 schools recently named as recipients of the 2011 Schools of Distinction Award recognizing them for improvement in student performance.

Prescott is one of 17 high schools to receive the award, and Prospect Point is one of 53 elementary schools named.

The award is given by the Center for Educational Effectiveness, the Association of Educational Service Districts, the Association of Washington School Principals, the Phi Delta Kappa Washington Chapter, Washington Association of School Administrators, Washington State ASCD and Washington State School Directors' Association.

The awards recognize a school's improvement in test scores, based on a "Reading/Math Level Index."

Although the Prescott school is in a "need of improvement" status, it received the award based on continuing academic improvement, Prescott Superintendent Bill Jordan said.

"We are being recognized for our demonstrated student academic growth over time. That is the most important improvement we want for our students," Jordan said in an email to media.

"I am proud of our teachers, our staff, our parents and our kids. We are doing important work here and this recognition helps keep our heads and our spirits up," Jordan said.

The regional School of Distinction recognition ceremony will be held at the Prescott School Nov. 14 at 1 p.m. Schools in the Clarkson School District and Walla Walla School District will participate.

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