Deer Park's Home Link Program Wins Washington Achievement Award!

Congratulations to Deer Park's Home Link program, which has received a Washington Achievement Award in Overall Improvement for 2011. Washington's State Board of Education and the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction are using the Washington Achievement Awards to recognize schools that profoundly affect student learning, celebrating the state's high performing schools in multiple categories. The Achievement Awards consider student performance on reading, writing, math and science tests along with the achievement of low-income students, the achievement of students who are not from low-income families, how well the school performs compared with statistically similar schools, and the amount of change in student performance from the previous year.

Home Link's award is in the Improvement category, recognizing the overall improvements in the achievement of all students from the previous year. State Board Executive Director Edie Harding said, “The index will be instrumental in helping schools and districts craft data-driven school improvement plans. It gives us a better way to track schools in the future and to pinpoint exactly where they are doing well and where they need additional help.”

Home Link is Deer Park's Parent Partnership Program, where parents of home schooled children work with Deer Park teachers to provide varying degrees of traditional "on-site" instruction as well as plans for meeting educational goals at home. The first session of Home Link started in September 2000 with 38 students. Today, Home Link serves close to 500 students, offering classes at both the Deer Park and Clayton campuses.

We are a Parent Partnership Program in the Deer Park School District.