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January 7, 2015 at 5:00 AM

Tacoma deputy supe hailed for measuring more than test scores

Josh Garcia, deputy superintendent of Tacoma Public Schools, has received his second national award in two years, named a “leader to learn from” by Education Week, a national newsweekly.

Josh Garcia. Courtesy Tacoma Public Schools.

Josh Garcia. Courtesy Tacoma Public Schools.

That follows his March 2013 honor as one of the nation’s outstanding young educators. That award was given by the ASCD, a 125,000-member education nonprofit founded in 1943.

For the most recent award, Education Week heralded Garcia’s role in building Tacoma Public School’s accountability system, which goes well beyond the usual reading and math scores. In Tacoma, the district and its schools are judged by about 40 measures, everything from how many students participate in extracurricular activities, to how many families are registered as school volunteers. The full list can be found here.

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