Get the Grades on Your School
A new online tool makes data about your kids' public school easily available
Ever wondered how your kids’ school is really doing? Not just the strengths that school officials are happy to talk about, but the the nitty gritty details like attendance rates, AP opportunities and more?
Enter the Washington School Improvement Framework. The federal Every Student Succeeds Act (the replacement for No Child Left Behind) requires states to take a closer look at the way they track school and student data. This online framework is the result of that requirement.
Collected by the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, the information goes beyond test scores and graduation rates and delves into more detail. High schools are also rated on whether ninth graders are on track to graduate within four years and if students have access to programs like Running Start and Advanced Placement. Schools are also rated on how many students are chronically absent—which can speak toward the likelihood of dropping out. This data is then combined into an overall score for each school and each ethnic group within that school.
This information is critical to helping parents judge how their kids’ schools are really doing and giving them a way to discuss important information with actual data when meeting with school officials.
To find your school’s data, visit www.reportcard.ospi.k12.wa.us. At the top of any page, click on the Washington School Improvement Framework box. Choose SIF Data Display near the top of the page and pick your school district and school.