Thursday brought the release of the annual state of the district reports for Seattle Public Schools including individual report cards for the elementary, middle and high schools serving many Capitol Hill students. As usual, the reports for the area schools were a mixed bag but Capitol Hill can boast at least once success during the 2011-2012 school year.
The Seattle Times takes a look at the overall performance of Seattle Schools here:
In a state-of-the-district talk Thursday, Seattle Public Schools Superintendent José Banda focused on the progress that’s been made, even though the goals won’t be reached.
Since last year, the district has improved in about half of the target areas. Since 2008, when the five-year plan started, the district also has seen substantial gains in a handful of areas, especially in math.
On the other hand, the district will fall short of each of the 23 objectives it set in 2008. The Times doesn’t really get into the massive transition Seattle Schools has gone through with its shift to the neighborhood school concept. The Boston Globe noticed, however, and points at Seattle as a possible model for change.
Around Capitol Hill, each area school turned in at least a mid-tier performance in 2011-2012 except two. The NOVA alternative high school housed on the Meany campus turned in a “Level 2” showing based on slippage in a variety of metrics.
Meanwhile, Stevens Elementary couldn’t keep up with lofty goals and turned in a Level 2, according to the ratings. Most of the rest of our public academic youth institutions tallied Level 3 showings — indicating schools not quite making academic goals but not quite failing them completely, either.
Lowell Elementary signed in as the star pupil with its 2011/12 performance classified as Level 4. Of course, it was up against a softer set of academic goals for the year compared to its Stevens cousin. But hey, we’ve all earned a soft B+ before, right?
The state of the district also turns up some big numbers. Seattle has a big job on its hands educating thousands on a relatively modest budget of around $11,800 per student:
•95 schools •3,000 teachers •49,864 students •40% Free/Reduced Lunch •14% Special Education• 13 % APP/Spectrum •12% English Language Learners •121 Languages/Dialects
•$591.4 million general fund budget •72% for teaching and instruction •16% for transportation, food services, maintenance and operations •6% central administration •6% principals’ offices
We’ve embedded some information from the district on the ratings and each card for the schools around the neighborhood. You can expand the view to full screen to read the card or download the PDF files and the full district report here. With Seattle’s move toward neighborhood schools making it more and more likely that students attend a public school near their home, we’ll call these Capitol Hill schools — regardless of their physical locations.