Five Auburn schools earn state's highest honor

For the Reporter

Three Auburn high schools and two elementary schools have earned the 2013 Washington Achievement Award sponsored by the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction and the State Board of Education.

Auburn Mountainview High School was awarded in the category of high progress and received special recognition for reading growth. Auburn High and Auburn Riverside were recognized for high progress.

Pioneer Elementary earned special recognition for math growth. Gildo Rey Elementary was honored for overall excellence with special recognition for reading and math growth.

Schools will be honored at an awards ceremony April 24 at Timberline High School in Lacey.

Award winners are selected, using the Washington Achievement Index and criteria in the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) flexibility waiver. The award is given in six categories: overall excellence, high progress, reading growth, math growth, five-year graduation rate and English language acquisition.

The highly selective award is based on the school's performance for the three previous years. according to the index and ESEA flexibility waiver.

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