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CMS Recognized for Closing Achievement Gaps

CMS has been recognized by the Office of the State Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI). The recognition at CMS was earned by the school's efforts to close achievement gaps and demonstrating improvement among students identified for support. Achievement gaps occur when groups identified by race/ethnicity, socioeconomic status, special services, or other factors outperform or under perform other groups on assessments in a school. 

"Our staff has worked very hard to improve outcomes for all subgroups at Centralia Middle School. We have been tracking data internally that shows us closing important gaps and we are proud to see that work confirmed at the state level," said Heidi Bunker, CMS principal.

Schools receiving the recognition "measure in the top 20 percent on the Washington School Improvement Framework (WISF) and are making significant progress closing gaps among student groups," according to a press release from OSPI. 

Awards are based on data from the 2017-18 school year. This is the first year OSPI has awarded under a new recognition system and the 216 schools recognized have demonstrated "exemplary performance" or have "made significant progress closing opportunity and achievement gaps in the WISF measure."