Ordway hosts parents meeting following 'failing' label imposed by No Child Left Behind Act

Ordway Elementary School will host a public meeting Monday evening so parents can learn more about the school has been labeled as “failing” for not making "adequately yearly progress" under the federal No Child Left Behind Act.

The meeting is 5 to 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 25 at the school.

Bainbridge Island School District officials announced this week that both Bainbridge High School and Ordway were labeled as failing and in need of improvement. Bainbridge officials joined with other education leaders from across the state in calling the "failing" label as "regressive and punitive."

Bainbridge officials noted that almost every school in Washington state failed to make the "adequately yearly progress" standard this year.

On Bainbridge, all seven have all been placed on “warning” status, and next year, unless Congress revises the act, or 100 percent of students pass all state tests in reading and math, Blakely, Wilkes, Sakai, Woodward and Commodore schools will fail to make "adequately yearly progress" for a second year and will also be “in improvement.”

Washington state has been operating under a conditional waiver from the federal law for the past two school years, but the waiver was denied this year by the U.S. Department of Education because the Washington State Legislature did not pass a bill to require that teacher/principal evaluations include student growth on state tests.

Because Ordway receives federal Title I funds, parents can choose to transfer their children to Wilkes or Blakey.

Ordway officials will share information about "adequately yearly progress" and the requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act at tonight's meeting.




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