Boards of Distinction Awards
2017 Application Period Now Open!
The Boards of Distinction recognition program awards school boards that demonstrate alignment with the Washington School Board Standards. A new self-selection component allows boards to apply based on what is most relevant to the work they have done throughout the year. For 2017, the options reference:
- Respecting and advocating a mutual understanding of board and superintendent roles.
- A commitment to continuous improvement in student achievement.
- Community-wide communication of district information and decisions.
A required component, which remains constant year to year and shows up across the standards, is the opportunity gap.
The Boards of Distinction continues to hold rigorous standards. Rigor is not about the quantity, it is about the quality. When developing their application, boards can use the following guiding questions that judges ask:
- What decisions did the board make?
- What is the evidence of the results?
- How this evidence fits the standard?
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