Washington implementing new system for judging schools

first_imgParents have a new way to examine how schools are doing in Washington state.State Superintendent Chris Reykdal said the new system will help administrators, teachers and parents identify deficiencies in all schools, including those that may get among the best scores.In February, federal education authorities signed off on the state’s changes as part of transitioning from No Child Left Behind to the new guidelines under Every Student Succeeds Act.Reykdal recently barnstormed the state to tout the coming changes, which soon will allow parents to look up every test score at their children’s school and compare them to other schools in the district and the state.“Our goal here was to create a very different tool that allowed parents and the community and the media and everyone else to really dive into an individual school, really look at the data on an open public website and go beyond a single score for a school,” she said.That data became available in a searchable form Friday, said Nathan Olson, spokesman for the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction.Under the new program, called Washington School Improvement Framework, the formula for which schools get federal education dollars will continue to be based mostly on the percentage of students who receive free and reduced lunches, which is an indication of poverty.last_img read more