Many Washington schools at or near failing in school performance rankings

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Close to half of all public schools in the state received a D ranking or lower in terms of quality, based on data compiled from the state’s achievement index.

The think tank group Washington Policy Center used the findings published in May by the state Board of Education and graded more than 2,200 schools across the state. Locally, the rankings ranged from one A to some F-minuses.

For those unfamiliar with the achievement index, the state superintendent’s office and the board collaborated on the project — a quick look at a school’s performance based on state assessments, student growth and career and college readiness. The Legislature authorized the board to create an index in 2009.

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