Federal waiver loss could affect schools

May 20, 2014

Last month’s U.S. Department of Education decision to revoke Washington state’s No Child Left Behind waiver is starting to filter down to school districts and individual buildings.

At the Issaquah School Board’s May 14 meeting, officials discussed the loss of the waiver, which was officially announced April 24. Washington had been one of 43 states with the waiver, allowing it to deviate from NCLB, a nationwide accountability system for public schools that has been in place since 2001.

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Ten Issaquah schools named achievement award winners

April 22, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. April 22, 2014

The state’s Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction and Board of Education announced the 2013 Washington Achievement Award winners April 15, and 10 Issaquah School District schools made the cut.

The awards are selected annually using two academic indexes. A total of 413 schools statewide were chosen this year in six categories: overall excellence, high progress, reading growth, math growth, extended graduation rates and English language acquisition.

Issaquah schools that earned awards in overall excellence included all three comprehensive high schools — Issaquah, Liberty and Skyline — as well as four elementary schools: Cougar Ridge, Discovery, Endeavour and Newcastle.

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Local fifth-grader selected for AAA School Safety Patrol Hall of Fame

April 12, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. April 12, 2014

Davis Franklin, a fifth-grader at Cascade Ridge Elementary School, has been selected as one of 10 outstanding patrollers in Washington state to be inducted into the 2014 AAA School Safety Patrol Hall of Fame.

In recognition of his dedication to safety, community stewardship and leadership, Franklin will be recognized at an evening awards ceremony held before a Seattle Mariners game at Safeco Field on May 9.

Contributed Davis Franklin has been named one of 10 outstanding patrollers in Washington state to be inducted into the 2014 AAA School Safety Patrol Hall of Fame.

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Davis Franklin has been named one of 10 outstanding patrollers in Washington state and will be inducted into the 2014 AAA School Safety Patrol Hall of Fame.

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Tiger Mountain community speaks out on school’s possible closure

March 18, 2014

Last month’s news that Tiger Mountain Community High School could be closed has sparked sadness, anger and shock among students and parents at the Issaquah School District’s alternative high school.

The Issaquah School Board began publicly discussing a possible closure Feb. 12, and droves of Tiger Mountain community members showed up for that meeting. Several people returned to speak to the board at its March 12 meeting.

Neil Schmidt, who graduated from Tiger Mountain last year, said he was “dumbfounded” and “appalled” the district would consider closing the school, which has provided a nontraditional learning environment for high-school students since 1991. The school currently has an enrollment of about 100.

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Schools won’t revise homework policies

February 4, 2014

After an 18-month process that included many discussions with parents, teachers and students, the Issaquah School District has decided not to make any changes to existing policies and procedures about homework.

Superintendent Ron Thiele announced the decision at the Issaquah School Board’s Jan. 29 meeting. While no changes are coming, Thiele said the process sparked an important discussion throughout the district, and administrators reserve the right to make changes when they are deemed necessary.

Thiele also admitted the decision may not satisfy everyone.

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OSPI releases new way to measure student success

December 31, 2013

The state Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction released a new measure of student performance Dec. 9, known as Student Growth Percentiles.

The percentiles are designed to measure the amount a student learns during one year and to show how students grow over time compared to their academic peers, students who earned similar scores on a prior test.

“We shouldn’t look at the data in just one way,” state Superintendent Randy Dorn said in a news release. “We need multiple measures. If a school is showing high growth from year to year, we should celebrate that. They’re doing exactly what they need to do to help kids be successful.”

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