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Richland School Receives State's Innovative Designation

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RICHLAND, WA - A Richland school has been honored by the state of Washington as one of the state's top "innovative" schools.

The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) on Thursday announced Three Rivers Homelink is one of four schools to receive the state's innovative designation. The honor recognizes the school's creative, collaborative approach to increase student success and close achievement gaps.

The other three schools include:

  • Osborn Elementary, Cascade School District
  • Pioneer Elementary, Auburn School District
  • TAF Academy, Federal Way School District

"It's great to recognize schools that think of new ways to meet the needs of their students," State Superintendent Randy Dorn said. "There's no one formula for success that works for everyone."

Washington's Innovative Schools program began in 2011 with the passage of House Bill 1521 (RCW 28A.300.550). The law requires OSPI to develop a process to identify and recognize schools. An initial group of 22 existing schools were designated in 2011.

Schools must apply for the designation beginning in November. A statewide selection committee of education leaders and experts review applications and recommend schools for the designation.

This year's innovative schools will be recognized at a statewide school awards ceremony that will be held in late April.