"In Seattle, the winners included Garfield High and five elementary schools: Graham Hill, Leschi, Loyal Heights, Olympic Hills and West Woodland.
This is the first time that the state superintendent's office has given the awards. Each school received a trophy and a banner, but Superintendent of Public Instruction Terry Bergeson hopes to offer cash awards in the future, said spokeswoman Molly O'Connor.
The 86 schools represent the top 5 percent of the state's 2,500 schools judged by how many students moved up at least one level in reading and/or math on WASL. Schools, for example, received credit when students moved from a score of one to two in reading. WASL scores run from one to four, with a three or four considered passing."