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9/21/2016 | TACOMA, Washington
The National School Boards Association has named Tacoma Public Schools (TPS) as the winner of its 2016 CUBE Annual Award for Urban School Board Excellence.
The CUBE Award recognizes the leadership of urban school districts where effective school board governance has an impact on student achievement. In 2012, Tacoma Public Schools set a goal of graduating 85 percent of its students by 2020. Last year, the four-year graduation rate rose to 82.6 percent, up from 55.3 percent in 2010. This progress and the district’s intentional focus on strategic initiatives demonstrate how TPS is leading the way.
“What many urban school boards do is make the mistake of saying, ‘Hey, let’s get this better,’ but they’re not specific about what ‘better’ means,” Superintendent Carla Santorno told Del Stover in the October issue of the American School Board Journal. “We were very specific. We set goals that would be indicators and benchmarks to tell us when we’re making a difference. We really focused and prioritized things that make a difference.”
TPS Board President Karen Vialle, Vice President Catherine Ushka and Superintendent Santorno will formally accept the award at the 49th CUBE Annual Conference in Miami later this month.
About Tacoma Public Schools goals
From school to school, the district offers diverse programs that connect students to their passions and keep them engaged in learning. The district designates 14 schools as “Innovative Schools” for infusing a unique learning environment into the total school experience.
TPS continues to partner with the community and find new ways to connect students to their interests and help them achieve their dreams.
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Tacoma Public Schools is the only district designated an Innovation Zone by Washington State. A leader in implementing innovative schools and programs to meet the diverse needs of every student, every day, TPS serves approximately 30,000 students from preschool to grade 12 and at nearly 5000 employees is one of the largest employers in Tacoma. Learn more...
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