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Washington Schools Outperform National Numbers

December 10, 2012

Washington schools that have been part of a grant intended to improve student achievement are showing impressive gains, according to data released today by the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction.

The schools each received federal School Improvement Grants, giving them between $50,000 and $2 million each year for three years. A total of 17 schools were awarded grants in 2009-10 and 10 schools in 2010-11. Oakville received funding in 2011.

OSPI looked at the percentage of students in all SIG schools who met standard in math and reading on state tests after the first year of the grant. In math, 86 percent of Washington’s SIG schools posted either single- or double-digit percentage point gains in achievement in math, compared to 65 percent of SIG schools nationally. In reading, 70 percent of Washington’s SIG schools showed similar gains, compared to 64 percent of SIG schools nationally.

“We’re happy but not satisfied,” said Randy Dorn, superintendent of public instruction. “It’s great that we’re outperforming the nation. But as long as there’s one student in one school not performing well, our work isn’t done.”

Dorn also noted that a high percentage of SIG schools are on track to meet new federal targets.

More than three out of every four SIG schools were on track to meet the annual targets in math, reading or both subjects.

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