Three Yakima-area school boards have been recognized as Board of Distinction by the state.

The Wapato West Valley and Mabton school boards were honored by the Washington State School Directors' Association for effective use of state school board standards that lead to high student and district achievement, according to a news release.

This was the fourth consecutive year Wapato's board has earned the honor.

Board applicants submit essays and supporting evidence demonstrating how they are implementing the state standards.

This story has been edited to correctly reflect the school boards that received honors.

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