Walla Walla Public Schools’ board of directors has been selected to receive the “Board of Distinction Award” from Washington State School Directors’ Association.

This is the first such award in the district’s history, according to WWPS spokesman Mark Higgins.

The Board of Distinction award program recognizes school boards that show evidence of applying best practice standards. Recipients must document they meet rigorous accountability and leadership practices through evidence-based actions, according to the program.

Applications for the award included an accounting of the most relevant work accomplished leading up to submission, including goals for student achievement. Recipients also had to demonstrate they were providing for learning essentials, including rigorous curriculum, technology and actions to attain high-quality facilities.

Award merit was also based on evaluating superintendents on clear and focused expectations, including evidence of making gains in student achievement.

School board member Ruth Ladderud helped coordinate the award submission. Ladderud has served on the school board since 2012.