Washington’s School Achievement Index rates all schools according to specific outcomes and indicators from 2010 to 2012. The five outcomes are student performance in statewide assessments in reading, writing, math and science tests, as well as the school’s extended graduation rate, which includes those students who took longer than four years to graduate.
Those outcomes are each measured using four indicators:
- achievement of students who are not from low-income families;
- achievement of students who are from low-income families;
- achievement of a school when compared to “peers” (schools with similar student characteristics, such as the percentage of students who have a disability, are learning English, are designated as gifted, come from low-income families, and are mobile); and
- improvement in the achievement of all students combined from the previous year.
From the chart below, you can see two of our schools receiving honors in two categories and the total number receiving recognition in each category. I also included (thanks to Dawn) the number of schools eligible for recognition in each category to show that these awards are truly an honor.