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Director wins state education research award | School brief


December 23, 2015

The Mukilteo School District’s director of assessment and program evaluation has won an award from the state Educational Research Association.

Pete Bylsma was recently presented with the Gordon B. Ensign Award by the Washington Educational Research Association at the annual conference.

“He’s the past president, so he’s been working on WERA things for many years, and we’re very pleased that he got the award this year,” Sharon Rockwood, executive secretary of WERA.

The award is presented each year to a person who exemplifies outstanding contributions to the education of students in keeping with WERA’s mission.

Bylsma has been a member of WERA for over 15 years, has often presented papers at the organization’s December conferences, is the editor of the WERA Journal and has served two terms as the association’s president.

He is also credited with creating the on-time graduation rate for the state Board of Education’s achievement index.

Ensign helped to organize the association’s first joint conference with the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction in 1985. He was a longtime contributor to WERA and president for two terms.

He was recognized in 1999 for his many years of service to WERA by having a permanent WERA award named after him.

The WERA/OSPI Annual Conference “Learning, Leading, Linking: Promoting Growth for All” was held Dec. 9-11 at the Hilton Seattle Airport Conference Center.


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