OLYMPIA, Wash. — Nine schools in Central Washington have been honored with the state’s Washington Achievement Award.

Measuring three years worth of test results, the awards are granted to individual schools by the state’s Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction for overall excellence as well as six special categories.

Two West Valley elementary schools, Summitview and Wide Hollow, were honored in the overall excellence category.

Others recognized were in the Selah, Zillah, Kittitas, Ellensburg, Goldendale and Grandview districts. Those schools took awards for extended graduation rates, closing achievement gaps and noteworthy progress among schools that receive federal Title 1 funding.

West Valley was the only local district to place three schools on the Achievement Award list and one of the few in the state, Superintendent Mike Brophy said.

Brophy said the honors validate his staff’s work, from principals to classroom aides. “It’s the result of very intentional work,” Brophy said.

Winning schools will receive the awards, a banner and trophy at a presentation on April 30 in Kent.