Briarcrest Elementary named Distinguished School by OSPI

Friday, September 29, 2017

Briarcrest teachers, support staff, and staff
Photo courtesy Shoreline Schools

The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) has announced that Briarcrest Elementary School has been selected as a recipient of the 2017-2018 State Title I, Part A Distinguished School Award.

They are one of only four schools in the state to earn the prestigious designation.

The recipients were selected by OSPI’s Title I, Part A program, which aims to provide every student with a fair, equitable, and high-quality education and close educational achievement gaps.

"We are thrilled and honored to be recognized with this award," said Briarcrest Principal Jonathan Nessan. 
"It is a true testament to all of the hard, continuing work of our staff, students, and families... our team approach to increasing the learning of each and every child is something that we take to heart, and it is so validating to receive this honor."

Eligibility for the award is based on three years of state assessment data in both English language arts (ELA) and mathematics for the past three school years. Schools must demonstrate student growth during those three years as identified through student growth percentiles and meeting or exceeding state average scores.

This award is special because it’s something your entire school community achieved together,” said Assistant Superintendent Brian Schultz in helping announce the award to Briarcrest staff. 
“From your teachers to paraeducators, to support staff, to parents, to volunteers and everywhere in between, you have come together with an aligned focus on supporting student achievement and have made an incredible impact.”

Title I, Part A of the Every Student Succeeds Act is a federal program that serves the needs of children who struggle to learn. Title I, Part A programs and services provide customized instruction to help children meet academic standards and take an active, engaged interest in what they learn and can do.

State winners are invited to attend the 2018 National Title I Conference and will receive state-level recognition and $15,000 each.


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