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Achievement index: Most schools earn 'C' and 'D' grades

Mirror staff reports:

The Washington Policy Center has published letter grades for the state's public schools, based on the State Board of Education's annual Achievement Index.

The recently released letter grades are based on the 2011-2012 school year data. Schools are rated as exemplary, very good, good, fair, or struggling. The exemplary rating is the equivalent of an "A" grade, while the struggling rating is akin to an "F."

The achievement index is "a snapshot of a school's performance based on statewide assessments," according to the state board. "We can compare how a school performs in reading, writing, math, science, and graduation rates."

Federal Way results

• The Federal Way Public Academy was the only Federal Way school to receive an "A" (exemplary) grade. According to the Washington Policy Center, only 10 schools (6 percent) in Southwest King County received this grade.

• Schools that received "B" (very good) ratings: Nautilus K-8 and Rainier View Elementary. According to the Washington Policy Center, 16 percent of schools in Southwest King County received this grade.

• Schools that received "C" (good) ratings: Adelaide Elementary, Brigadoon Elementary, Camelot Elementary, Enterprise Elementary, Illahee Middle School, Kilo Middle School, Lake Dolloff Elementary, Lake Grove Elementary, Lakeland Elementary, Lakota Middle School, Mark Twain Elementary, Meredith Hill Elementary, Mirror Lake Elementary, Panther Lake Elementary, Sacajawea Middle School, Sequoyah Middle School, Silver Lake Elementary, Star Lake Elementary, Technology Access Foundation (TAF) Academy, Todd Beamer High School, and Woodmont K-8. According to the Washington Policy Center, 46.5 percent of schools in Southwest King County received this grade.

• Schools that received "D" (fair) ratings: Truman High School, Decatur High School, Federal Way High School, Green Gables Elementary, Internet Academy, Olympic View Elementary, Saghalie Middle School, Sherwood Forest Elementary, Thomas Jefferson High School, Totem Middle School, Twin Lakes Elementary, and Valhalla Elementary. According to the Washington Policy Center, 22.5 percent of schools in Southwest King County received this grade.

• Schools that received "F" (struggling) ratings: Sunnycrest Elementary and Wildwood Elementary. According to the Washington Policy Center, only 4 schools (3 percent) in Southwest King County received this grade.

• According to the Washington Policy Center, Southwest King County schools include Federal Way, Tukwila, Renton, Kent, Highline, Vashon Island and Mercer Island.

Learn more

Check out the entire list of Washington school ratings below or visit https://www.washingtonpolicy.org/school-achievement.

2013 Public School Achievement Index

 

 

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