Boards of Distinction Awards
New: See who was honored as a 2016 Board of Distinction!
The Boards of Distinction recognition program provides a multi-year approach to demonstrate alignment with the Washington School Board Standards, focusing on three benchmarks per year. For 2017, they reference:
- Respecting and advocating mutual understanding of board and superintendent roles.
- A commitment to continuous improvement in student achievement.
- Community-wide communication of district information and decisions.
A fourth area of focus, which remains constant year to year and shows up across the standards, is the opportunity gap.
Members Tout the Benefits
“I didn’t quite understand why a school board would apply for Board of Distinction at first, but after being involved in the application process, it was a great experience. Our community doesn’t know what we do, and gathering evidence and making statements about what we do was very clarifying and energizing …”
FROM THE 2012 WSSDA MEMBER SURVEY
“It was meaningful and educational to work on the application. It caused us to reflect and use the state website and review our programs and policies.”
FROM THE 2014 WSSDA MEMBER SURVEY
Application & Resources
Applications for the 2017 awards will go live around early July. You may refer to the 2016 materials below to understand the process and question format.
About the awards
Boards of the Year: This prestigious award goes only to the highest rated boards from among the applicants. One district from each of three district enrollment sizes (small, medium, large) may receive this accolade. Board of the Year recipients are featured in WSSDA Direct.
Boards of Distinction: This award recognizes each board that shows evidence of applying the Washington School Board Standards. Our hope is that every school board in Washington will eventually meet the criteria for this tribute that reflects their commitment to effective governance.
Special Merit Award: Five-Year Board of Distinction: This special award honors boards that have demonstrated continued focus on and breadth of alignment to the Washington School Board Standards. It is given to boards that have received five Board of Distinction awards.
Past Award Recipients