Dear Island View Families:
I am very proud to announce that Island View Elementary School is once again receiving the state’s highest educational honor—an academic achievement award. This is the fourth consecutive year that Island View is receiving this prestigious award.
Specifically, Island View is receiving “special recognition” for closing the achievement gap for students who receive special education (SPED) services. Across the state and nation, students with disabilities who have Individual Education Plans (IEPs) score lower on state achievement tests than their non-SPED counterparts. The Island View staff has worked very hard to reverse this trend at our school and reach all students, regardless of the educational challenges they face. I am very proud of our strong belief that all kids can learn. To qualify for this special recognition, a school must close the achievement gap by at least 10 percentage points, based on three years of data.
Only 280 schools in Washington received an achievement award this year. Clearly, this is an extraordinary accomplishment and is a direct reflection of the hard work of our students, the dedication of our entire staff, and the support and guidance of our parents. Thank you.
The Washington Achievement Awards are sponsored by the Washington State Board of Education and the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. They celebrate Washington’s top-performing schools and recognize achievement in several categories. This highly-selective award is based on our school’s performance on the Achievement Index.
I hope you will visit the OSPI Washington Achievement awards site to learn more about the awards and the criteria for selection.
We are the proud, soarin’ Island View Eagles—and the state recognizes our exhilarating flight!
Brian Hanrahan, Principal