Elementary School Gets a Failing Grade

Seattle Public Schools recently released a district wide report on state test scores and yearly improvement rates.  Eighty-two schools were involved and rated from 1-5, one being low passage rates and little improvement and a 5, the contrary.  Unfortunately, Madrona Elementary School, which houses students grades K-8, received a 1, which is technically failing.  Residents have expressed concern over how this reflects on the education and curriculum in the community, and school representatives plan on providing them information as well as a meeting to discuss the reports.  Because the data is fairly extensive, the PTSA has asked members to attend and get a full grasp on the information being presented.  The meeting will be December 7, from 7-8:30 pm at Washington Middle School.  However, the Madrona Elementary School isn’t the only to have received a bad grade.  Twelve schools in the district got a perfect score, but almost just as many received a 1.  District leaders have said that if these rankings don’t improve in the next couple of years, replacing the staff or closing schools may both be possible consequences.    Schools will be provided funds to carry out improvement plans, and those with the lowest scores will get the largest dollar amounts.  Hopefully, this increases the emphasis put on the importance of education in our communities.

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