Washington Elementary School was recognized on May 4 as one of LA's Top Public Schools for underserved students during the Top Schools LA: Leading the Way for Educational Equity conference at the University of Southern California.
Washington received the distinction for serving a significant number of low-income students and narrowing the achievement gap during the 2017-18 school year. Results from the 2017-18 California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress in English language arts (ELA) and mathematics were a component of the evaluation process. At Washington Elementary, 49.39 percent of students met or exceeded state ELA proficiency standards – up from 45.2 percent the previous year.
Washington was awarded a banner for its achievement that will hang at the school’s campus.
“Receiving this award shows our community that Washington Elementary is committed to providing a quality education for all of our students,” Principal Sandra Verduzco said. “At our school, students are exposed to a safe, respectful and nurturing learning environment that supports them in achieving academic success.”
To receive the honor, schools must meet statewide enrollment averages of at least 4 percent low-income African American students and/or at least 43 percent low-income Latino students. Additionally, schools must meet or exceed statewide proficiency rates in English and/or math.