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2018 SOD Banner
2018 SOD Banner
Schools Make Continued Gains in ELA and Math (Photo) - 10/11/18

PASCO, WA – The Center for Educational Effectiveness (CEE) announced today the list of Washington State’s highest improving schools.  For Educational Service District 123, six school districts in Southeast Washington are celebrating their notification as 2018 Schools of Distinction – and EVERY school is a repeat winner!

Now in its 12th year, the School of Distinction award recognizes schools who are improving performance for all students over a sustained period of time in English Language Arts (ELA) and mathematics.  Among the 91 schools statewide, the following schools represent our region:  Dayton Elementary, Dayton Middle School, Hawthorne Elementary (Kennewick), Wahitis Elementary (Othello), Pasco High School, Paterson Elementary, and Waitsburg Elementary.

ESD 123 Superintendent, Mr. Darcy Weisner, is proud to congratulate these schools for their well-deserved recognition.

“We congratulate the staff, students, administrators, and communities of these schools for their continued focus on helping each student succeed,” states Superintendent Weisner.

Each winning school expects to coordinate a local celebratory ceremony in late November or December in honor of the school’s award.  For more information, contact ESD 123 Director of Communications, Molly Curtiss, at 509.544.5787 or">


About ESD 123:  Educational Service District 123, based in Pasco, WA, is one of nine ESDs in Washington. Dedicated to delivering collaborative solutions that promote learning, ESD 123 serves 23 school districts in seven counties of Southeastern Washington. Under Superintendent Darcy Weisner and its board of directors, this legislatively mandated, not-for-profit educational organization provides efficiency of educational systems and equity of learning opportunities for over 70,000 Washington students. For more information about ESD 123, please call 509-544-5700 or 888-547-8441 or visit

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