SEATTLE -- King County has seven schools on the list of the state's lowest-achieving schools and Pierce County has five, according to a new ranking issued Thursday.
The state Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction released the state’s list of 50 schools categorized as the "persistently lowest-achieving" under federal guidelines.
Three Seattle schools are on the list: Chief Sealth High School, Rainier Beach High School and AS #1 K-8 School.
In addition to the three schools in Seattle, other King County schools on the list are:
*Lakeridge Elementary School in the Renton School District
*Academy of Citizenship and Empowerment and Oddysey - The Essential School in the Highline School District
Five schools in Pierce County are also on the list:
*Baker Middle School in the Tacoma School District
*Spanaway and Cedarcrest junior high schools in the Bethel School District
*Tyee Park Elementary School in the Clover Park School District
*Keithley Middle School in the Franklin Pierce School District
The schools were ranked based on reading and mathematics scores from 2008-2010.
Schools on the list are eligible to apply for federal grant money to help them improve. However, schools receiving money are required to participate in one of four federal models that would require some difficult decisions by each school.