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Six Clover Park schools named 2015 Schools of Distinction

Carter Lake, Evergreen and Tillicum Elementary Schools, Mann and Woodbrook Middle Schools and Harrison Preparatory School were named 2015 Schools of Distinction from the Center for Educational Effectiveness in partnership with the Association of Educational Service Districts, the Association of Washington School Principals, Washington Association of School Administrators and the Washington Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development.

"I am very proud of the students and staff at these schools,” said Clover Park School District Superintendent Debbie LeBeau. “A levy passed by Lakewood voters in 2012 helped pay for instructional materials and professional development to help students struggling in reading and math and there has been continuous improvement over time. These tools and the highly qualified staff working with students have helped improve test scores but, more importantly, strengthened student learning.”

This is Tillicum’s third consecutive School of Distinction award. Carter Lake has also received the award in the past. 

The annual award recognizes schools that have made significant improvements in student achievement. The award is given to the top 5 percent of schools in the state that have made sustained improvement over a five-year period in reading/English language arts and math (elementary and middle schools) and graduation rates (high schools).

In the Puget Sound Educational Service District (PSESD) region, 37 schools in 13 school districts are award winners. In total, 90 elementary, middle, high and alternative schools across the state were recognized. This is the ninth annual School of Distinction award recognition in Washington state.

A special reception and awards ceremony to recognize the 2015 Schools of Distinction will be held Jan. 21, 2016 at the PSESD in Renton.

For more information, including award methodology, visit