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At Fairhaven Middle School we truly believe that ALL kids can grow their learning at high levels. This includes our students that come to school with learning disabilities. Our efforts to include our students with disability in the general classroom setting and support their work to achieve the high expectations our teachers have for all their students has been recently recognized by OSPI with a Washington State Achievement Award. Fairhaven staff and students won the Achievement Award in the categories of “High Progress” and “Closing the Achievement Gap: Students with Disabilities”.

To qualify for the “High Progress” designation, a school must be in the top 10% of all schools in Washington making progress in the combined areas of Reading and Math performance for ALL students. This data is taken over a three-year period, in our case from 2013 to 2016, and must show that the school’s students have a high average Achievement Score AND a high average Improvement of those scores each year.

Schools that qualify for the “Closing the Achievement Gap” recognition must demonstrate that they are closing the gap between the Achievement Score of ALL students and the Achievement Score of students from an identified subgroup, in our case this was among our Students with Disabilities. Furthermore, the gap between these scores must close by at least 10 percentage points over a two-year period (2014-2016).

Join me in congratulating the Fairhaven staff in their amazing work with ALL of our students. We have known for a long time that there are great teachers here at Fairhaven, but it’s nice to have that acknowledgement from the state.

Robert Kalahan

Fairhaven Principal

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