Tuesday, November 23, 2010

New Analysis of Seattle Public Schools Performance Highlights Areas of Concern

Seattle, WA - On November 9th, Seattle Public Schools (SPS) released its school and district performance report cards for 2009-2010.

Researchers at the University of Washington's Center on Reinventing Public Education (CRPE) have analyzed the new district segmentation data to see how performance varies across different parts of the city and how access to high-performing schools varies across different demographic groups of students. The findings are summarized in a new brief, Seattle Public Schools Performance Analysis 2009-2010.

Like many cities, Seattle faces challenges in improving school quality across the board, and for students in high-poverty schools in particular. "The reports reveal a lot of problems, especially with schools serving disadvantaged children. Solving these problems will drive the district's agenda," says Paul Hill, director of CRPE.

Seattle joins dozens of other districts and states across the country that are sharing their progress and challenges as part of their efforts toward school improvement. The district's transparency provides an opportunity to see how students in particular schools are doing and how the district is doing overall. And it has the potential to help the district better direct resources to increase learning for all of the city's children.

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