School earns ‘Distinction’ honor for third straight year

From staff reports

For the third year in a row, Cleveland has been named a 2015 School of Distinction. The award recognizes schools across Washington state that are in the top five percentile when it comes to raising academic achievement over five years in reading and math. Ninety schools were deemed tops in the state for improvement. Thirty-six of those are in the Puget Sound region.

The award shows how far Cleveland has come when in 2010, the school was deemed a priority school based on a 60 percent dropout rate and reading and math scores in the bottom five percent in the state. Cleveland was headed toward closure. By 2013, the school’s test scores had surpassed state standards in reading and met the state standards in math.

Cleveland was also recognized for graduation-rate improvements along with Rainier Beach High School, who saw 79 percent of seniors graduate with a diploma in 2014.

Seattle Public Schools led this year’s School of Distinction list with 12.