Cleveland makes ‘Distinction’ list for a fourth time

Staff reports

For the fourth year in a row, Cleveland has been named a 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. In the Puget Sound ESD region, 34 schools in 11 school districts achieved this high standard – including 25 repeat winners – have earned the distinctive honor this year.

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.

Rainier Beach High School also made the list. Schools were recognized at an awards ceremony on Thursday in Renton.