Due to changes in ESSA regulations, the Kelso School District will no longer be offering Federal School Choice and Supplemental Services during the 2016-2017 school year. The Kelso School District will allow a student who previously transferred to a school under PSC to stay in that school through its highest grade. However, the district is no longer obligated to provide transportation.
The No Child Left Behind (NCLB) law has a very laudable goal – 100 percent of American students passing standardized tests in reading and math by the year 2014. Along the way to that goal, schools and districts must make progress, marked as “Adequate Yearly Progress” or AYP. This seemingly simple concept is not quite so simple in the execution. It also sounds pretty straightforward: a school or district either makes it or it does not. The reality is much more complex.
Schools are expected to increase the percentage of students meeting the standard on state reading and math tests each year at specific grade levels. Each of eight subgroups of students must also meet the standard. Those subgroups are five major racial/ethnic groups, students with disabilities, English Language Learners and low-income students. If the percentage of students in any one subgroup performing at standard on the test does not meet the requirement, then the school does not make AYP even if the whole school on average is doing very well. High schools are also judged on graduation/dropout rates. Middle schools and elementary schools are judged on unexcused absence rates.
The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction has a very informative website that explains in detail how AYP is determined and what happens if it is not met.
The schools in Kelso School District that receive federal Title I funding are:
–Loowit High School
This school year ,three schools in the Kelso School District are in Improvement status that receive Title I funds: Wallace Elementary (Step 2), Barnes Elementary (Step 3), and Catlin Elementary (Step 3). These schools must offer families the opportunity to transfer their student to another school in our district that is not identified for school improvement, known as Public School Choice. Transportation is provided for students from these schools whose families wish to take advantage of Public School Choice.