The state Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction has released its list of 50 Washington schools categorized as the “persistently lowest-achieving” under federal guidelines, and one – Rainier Beach High – is in southeast Seattle.
There were a total of three Seattle schools on the state’s list, including Chief Sealth High School and AS #1 K-8 School.
According to the state, each school was placed into one of two tiers, Tier I or Tier II, and then categorized based on achievement or graduation rate.
The announcement comes on the heels of individual school report cards issued by Seattle Public Schools last November, in which many southeast Seattle schools were classified as low-performing, including Rainier Beach High.
Meanwhile, Seattle Times guest columnist Nora Liu and the Southeast Seattle Education Coalition argue that Seattle Public Schools has two districts, one that tends to be more affluent and the schools higher-performing and one that tends to be poorer. She says parents in the schools are tired of being told to be patient. They want action:
We have been told to be patient, that things will improve. We have been told that it’s not the school’s fault — it’s the children we send there. We have been told to be better parents. We have been told, because we are poor or immigrants or African American, that we shouldn’t expect academic success. Read more.
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- Only 10% of Seattle’s Black Students Attend High-Performing Elementary Schools (11/30/10)
- Color-Coded Map Illustrates Striking Disparity Between North & South Seattle Schools (11/11/10)
- Raw Numbers: South-End Schools Plagued by Low Scores (11/9/10)
- SPS Community Blog Raising Money to Buy Textbooks for Rainier Beach High (11/13/09)