CAM Academy, Pleasant Valley Primary earn highest state award

posted Apr 18, 2017, 11:40 AM by Joe Vajgrt


April 17, 2017

Two schools in the Battle Ground Public Schools district have earned 2016 Washington Achievement Awards, ranking them among the highest performing schools in the state based on three years of academic information. CAM Academy was recognized for overall excellence and Pleasant Valley Primary School for math growth. 

The Washington Achievement Award is sponsored by the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) and the State Board of Education. The state selected this year's 280 winning schools based on a revised Achievement Index of statewide assessment data. The Achievement Index measures school performance, emphasizing improvement and recognition. Educators, families, and community members can use the index to identify areas of strength and improvement in Washington's schools. 

Award-winning schools are recognized as top performers in one of seven categories: 
  • Overall Excellence 
  • High Progress 
  • English Language Arts Growth 
  • Math Growth 
  • Extended Graduation Rate (awarded to high schools and comprehensive schools only) 
  • English Language Acquisition 
  • Achievement Gap 
"The Achievement Awards recognize all the great work happening in Washington schools and the ways educators are making a difference in student outcomes," said Kevin Laverty, State Board of Education Acting Chair. "It presents an opportunity to honor schools that are achieving at high levels, as well as schools that are making great growth." 

The award-winning schools will be recognized during a ceremony on May 3 at Olympic Middle School in Auburn, Wash. and at an upcoming Battle Ground Public Schools board meeting. The WAA criteria and list of winners and the state achievement index is available online.