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ESD 112 region schools make the list of most improved - 10/30/14
Outstanding improvement in reading and math sustained over a five-year period is the reason that 101 schools in Washington state, eight of which are in the ESD 12 region, received the 2014 School of Distinction Award. The award is given by The Center for Educational Effectiveness (CEE) in partnership with the Association of Educational Service Districts (AESD), the Association of Washington School Principals (AWSP), Washington Association of School Administrators (WASA), Washington State School Directors' Association (WSSDA), and Washington State Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (WSASCD).

The following ESD 112 region schools have been named 2014 Schools of Distinction, and are among the 5% highest improving schools in the state of Washington for increased Reading and Math achievement over the past 5 years.

* Captain Strong Primary, Battle Ground School District
* York Elementary, Evergreen School District*
* Green Mountain Junior High, Green Mountain School District*
* Catlin Elementary, Kelso School District
* South Ridge Elementary, Ridgefield School District*
* View Ridge Middle School, Ridgefield School District
* Harney Elementary, Vancouver School District*
* Vancouver Home Connection, Vancouver School District

*Repeat winners.

Several schools in the ESD 112 region are repeat winners:
* Green Mountain School: 2007, 2008, 2012, and 2014.
* South Ridge Elementary: 2012, 2013, and 2014.
* York Elementary: 2013 and 2014.
* Harney Elementary: 2013 and 2014.

This represents the 8th annual School of Distinction award recognition in Washington State. "These schools are from all regions of the state, all sizes of towns, with a range from 2.7% to 100% poverty and enrollment of English Language Learners as high as 40%," said Greg Lobdell, CEE President. "These schools demonstrate that significant improvement is occurring all across our diverse public schools."

Recipients will be recognized by ESD 112 beginning in January 2015. "We are so pleased to recognize these schools for their hard work to increase student achievement," said ESD Superintendent Tim Merlino. "Congratulations to students and staff who represent the many outstanding schools in our region."

About ESD 112:
Educational Service District 112 enables school districts to concentrate more time, money and energy on student learning. Headquartered in Vancouver, ESD 112 provides local and regional cooperative programs and services to school districts and communities in the six counties of Southwest Washington. ESD 112 was established by the Legislature in 1969 as one of nine regional educational service centers to work in partnership with local communities and school districts to provide support services for student instruction, professional development for staff, and technical assistance in the administration of schools. The agency offers more than 250 cooperatives and services ranging from interactive telecommunications to the child care network. There are 30 public schools, 23 private schools and two state schools serving 100,000 students and 15,000 school employees who benefit from ESD services.