School of Distinction

Manchester named as School of Distinction
Posted on 10/12/2018
Manchester staff with Superintendent Brandsma

Manchester Elementary was recently designated as a Center for Educational Effectiveness 2018 School of Distinction. The annual program recognizes schools that have made the biggest improvement in reading and mathematics during a five-year period.

“I am so proud to be the principal of Manchester Elementary. Each day I witness our excellent teachers do whatever it takes to meet the needs of each student,” stated principal Rachelle Byrd. “Manchester strives to be a place where students learn the skills they need to be successful academically, socially and emotionally. It is wonderful to have our hard work recognized with this designation.” 

This award is given to the top five percent of schools in each level – elementary, middle, and high school – that, as a result of improving their students’ skills, have more students achieving at higher levels on the Measures of Student Progress (3rd - 8th grade), the High School Proficiency Exam in Reading and the End of Course Exam in mathematics (10th grade).

This distinction is sponsored by the Center for Educational Effectiveness, the Association of Educational Service Districts, the Association of Washington School Principals, Phi Delta Kappa-Washington Chapter, Washington Association of School Administrators, Washington State Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development, and the Washington State School Directors’ Association. A complete list of all Schools of Distinction can be found on the CEE website at

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