Zillah’s Hilton Elementary School was recognized by U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos on Thursday for its strides in closing achievement gaps among student populations within the school.
Hilton was one of four Washington schools to be named National Blue Ribbon Schools of 2019, a prestigious award dating to 1982, according to a news release.
The elementary school has a roughly 400-person student body, with a roughly 60 percent Latinx population, 34 percent white and 3 percent Native, according to the state Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction.
In the 2018-19 school year, 77.6 percent of Latinx students at the school met standards for their grade in state assessments in math, compared to 88.4 percent of white students, data from OSPI shows. Five years prior, just 41.5 percent of Latinx students at the school met the standard compared to 63.4 percent of white students. No data representing Native student outcomes was available.
Hilton is the third Yakima County school to be recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School over the years, following Selah’s John Campbell Elementary School in 1984 and West Valley Junior High in 1985.
Roughly 360 schools across the nation will be recognized alongside Hilton on Nov. 14-15 by DeVos and the Department of Education during an award ceremony in Washington, D.C.