Issaquah school board earns distinction honors
March 12, 2013
The Issaquah School Board has been named a Board of Distinction by the Washington State School Directors’ Association.
The association’s Boards of Distinction awards honor school boards that demonstrate effective use of the Washington School Board Standards. The standards, developed and adopted by the association in 2009, promote researched-based governance practices that lead to high levels of student and district achievement. This year, nine districts with more than 9,000 students earned the honor.
Award applicants submit an essay and supporting evidence to demonstrate how they are putting the standards into practice. In 2012, applicants addressed the following:
Respecting and advocating mutual understanding of the roles and responsibilities of board members and the superintendent.
Adopting a collaboratively developed district plan focused on learning and achievement outcomes for all students.
Providing for learning essentials, including rigorous curriculum, technology and high quality facilities.
Measuring student academic progress and needs based on valid and reliable assessments.
Ensuring district information and decisions are communicated communitywide.
An independent review panel evaluates applications, and awards are given to those who receive a score of at least 80 percent.