SEATTLE – A report card released Tuesday by the Superintendent of Seattle Public Schools rates the academic performance of each school in the district.
Schools are rated on a scale of one to five, primarily based on test scores. The ratings also take into account absence rates and other factors.
This is the second report card from Seattle Public Schools but the first to include individual school reports.
The school reports show academic growth measurements, student/family engagement, the perceptions of environment and leadership at the school, and student proficiency on state tests. The report also includes commentary by each principal on how the school is working to improve outcomes for all students.
The rankings report is part of a larger plan to measure progress and share results with the public.
Mercer Middle School is one school that received high marks when it comes to student improvement, and Principal Andhra Lutz says she believes that trumps overall performance.
“When I came here 6 years ago,” said Lutz, “my goal was to create the first high-performing, high-poverty middle school in Washington State and we are well on our way.”
Each school’s report includes graphs, charts and data, and depending on the way you look at it, maybe a little too much.
“Information like this doesn’t really…even help me that much,” said parent April Porcincula.
“By no means are we putting this out there as a distraction to take people’s attention away from the hard work we know we need to do,” said Lutz. “It’ll be the entry point for really learning more about what [parents] can do to improve their school.”
To read the rankings, go to http://www.seattleschools.org/area/strategicplan/schoolreport.xml.