Seattle Public Schools note improved academic performance and growing enrollment in State of the District report

The Seattle Public Schools issued their State of the District report, as delivered by Superintendent José Banda on Nov. 1 and they report improved academic performance and growing enrollment. Only the 10th grade reading and writing proficiency scores and a new biology exam results suffered. Enrollment rose to 49,864 students and is expected to grow by 7,000 in the next decade. The full report is downloadable at the link and West Seattle schools and their individual results are available at the links below.

The report states:

Successes at Seattle Public Schools
Academic gains. Seattle Public School students met or exceeded standard on the state exams in every tested subject in grades 3–8, falling behind only in the high school reading and writing proficiency exams in grade 10 and the new biology end-of-course (EOC) exam. Compared to 2011 results, Seattle students achieved a 12 percentage point increase in 7th grade reading, a 4.6 percentage point increase in 4th grade reading, and a 2.4 percentage point increase in 5th grade reading.

Growing enrollment. For the 2012-13 school year, enrollment grew by nearly 1,400 students for a total of 49,864 students. In the next 10 years, enrollment is projected to grow by 7,000 students, which is equal to 14 elementary schools, 10 middle schools or five high schools.

The upcoming Building Excellence IV (BEX IV) Capital Levy renewal, if approved by voters, provides funding for school construction and renovation to begin to meet the growing capacity needs.

Increased opportunities. In the 2012-13 school year, the District launched four Career and Technology Education Skill Centers, opened K-5 STEM at Boren and McDonald International School, and continued planning for the launch of an International Baccalaureate (IB) program at Rainier Beach High School next year.

Dedicated and talented teachers, principals and staff. The District recognizes the commitment that is shown each day in every school. Our employees are our greatest asset. The 2012-13 school year marks the final year of the historic collective bargaining agreement, and this year the Professional Growth and Evaluation system has been expanded to all schools.

Engaged families and community. Family and community participation in the schools and interest in education and the District’s programs continues to grow.

West Seattle Schools individual results:

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