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State results show school performance across Yakima County

August 25, 2014 in In the News
Monday, August 18, 2014

School district letters inadequately notify parents about their federal right to school choice and free tutoring

August 22, 2014 in Blog

School administrators across Washington are sending letters this week informing parents that families may now have the right to choose a better school and get free tutoring for their children under the federal No Child Left Behind law. Many school officials, however, are reluctant to explain the matter clearly to parents. 

State Board of Education and Superintendent of Public Instruction say letter grades are OK for students, but not for educators

August 20, 2014 in Blog

The State Board of Education objects to using letter grades to make the State Board’s Public School Achievement Index understandable. The State Board ranks school performance, placing schools in one of six categories:  Exemplary, Very Good, Good, Fair, Underperforming and Lowest 5 Percent.

Feds’ failed school rules inspire revolting response

August 20, 2014 in In the News
The Seattle Times
The Seattle Times
Sunday, August 17, 2014

What grade did your school receive?

August 15, 2014 in Publications

The 2013 Public School Achievement Index

Key Findings