Whatcom Middle School Recognized as 2016 Closing the Achievement Gap Recipient

Educators in Action

Every year we recognize one school for their exemplary work to improve opportunities for all students, specifically in the area of closing achievement gaps among races/ethnicities.

This year, we celebrated with staff at Whatcom Middle School who earned the 2015-16 Closing the Achievement Gap Award. At Whatcom, staff are working hard to differentiate instruction to support all students, including those who need extra help.

“It was a great surprise and honor to singled out for closing the gap for our students,” said Principal Jeff Coulter. “This award helps set the tone for next steps for professional development at Whatcom as we start our journey to apply strong instructional practices to the character aspects of The Bellingham Promise.”

The Closing the Achievement Gap award is given to one school districtwide that distinguishes itself according to Washington State Achievement Index data which includes measures of academic achievement to distinguish those schools that are closing the gaps. The Race/Ethnicity Gap is measured by ratings in reading and math that consider how many students meet standard, how the school compares to similar schools, and improvement from previous years. The income gap is measured by ratings in reading, writing, math and science for non low-income student compared to low-income students and the improvement from previous years.

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