The Riverview, Pasco and Crescent School Boards have been named the 2016 school Boards of the Year.
The awards were presented in Spokane Thursday, Nov. 17, during the annual conference of the Washington State School Directors’ Association. The three boards were chosen from a field of 24 boards which had been named earlier as boards of distinction, the most ever.
“Each of these boards was exceptional at using data and other evidence in making good decisions for their schools,” said WSSDA Executive Director Tim Garchow. “Moreover they had a strong focus on student achievement and reducing opportunity gaps for disadvantaged students.”
In addition to the three Boards of the Year, school boards named as boards of distinction included Anacortes, Auburn, Battle Ground, Bellingham, Camas, Clover Park, Eatonville, Everett, Evergreen, Federal Way, Highline, Issaquah, Kent, Lake Washington, Olympia, Pullman, Puyallup, Quincy, South Whidbey, Tacoma and Wapato.
In a separate awards program, the North Kitsap and Federal Way School Boards were honored for their efforts on behalf of diversity.
The annual Boards of Distinction program honors school boards that demonstrate effective use of the Washington School Board Standards. The standards, developed and adopted by WSSDA in 2009, promote research-based governance practices that lead to high levels of student and district achievement, and help close the opportunity gap.
Award applicants submitted essays and supporting evidence to demonstrate how they are putting the standards into practice.