• No Child Left Behind Required Notification Regarding School Performance
    (August 2015)
     
    In March 2014, the U.S. Department of Education declined to renew the state of Washington's conditional Elementary and Secondary Education Act Flexibility Waiver for schools receiving Title I, Part A funds. This decision affects all schools in Washington State, which are now subject to the punitive requirements of the federal No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). Washington is the only state that has lost its waiver and must revert to NCLB standards and timelines of assessment. This has put even the most highly acclaimed schools and districts in Washington State in the position of receiving "failing" status under NCLB and is requiring notification to parents including their options for attending other schools and programs.
     
    For schools to be succeeding under NCLB, schools must meet Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) standards. For schools to meet AYP this year, 100 percent of all students, regardless of special needs or English language mastery, must meet proficiency standards.
     
    Snoqualmie Valley schools are among the top-performing schools in Washington State, receiving School of Distinction Awards and Washington Achievement Awards in recent years for significant achievement and continuous improvement.
     
    Yet, our schools, along with all others in the state, will be listed as "failing," a harsh and unfair label for our students, our schools, and our communities. A letter signed by 30 local superintendents explains the punitive 100% success requirements of NCLB.
     
    If a school or district is receiving federal Title I funds and doesn't make AYP, additional requirements apply. Title I, Part A of No Child Left Behind provides federal dollars to schools serving low income families to help disadvantaged children meet high academic standards.
     
    Snoqualmie Valley School District
    This year, because Snoqualmie Valley schools did not meet the NCLB participation requirement (95% or higher) on the state’s new Smarter Balanced Assessment last spring, the District is in step 1 of improvement. As a result, the District must use 30% of Title 1 funding for transporting students who choose to transfer schools, providing supplemental educational services for eligible students, and for professional development for teachers focused on reading and math support. Read a message from Superintendent Aune.
     
    Below is a list of the SVSD schools receiving Title I funds that are impacted by the required notification, with links to letters sent to families of those schools on August 19, and application forms for public school choice.
     
    Schools Receiving Title 1 Funds:
    • North Bend Elementary School – Step 2
    • Opstad Elementary - Step 1
    • Twin Falls Middle School – Step 1
    • Two Rivers School - Step 1 (updated December 2015)
    Required Notification Letters and Forms:
     
    North Bend Elementary
    North Bend Elementary students are eligible to transfer under public school choice for the 2015-2016 school year. North Bend Elementary students who qualify for free and reduced lunch who choose not to transfer are eligible to access Supplemental Educational Services.
    Opstad Elementary
    Opstad Elementary students are eligible to transfer under public school choice for the 2015-2016 school year.
    Twin Falls Middle School
    Twin Falls Middle School students are eligible to transfer under public school choice for the 2015-2016 school year.

    Public School Choice (PSC): Schools must provide Public School Choice when they are a Title I school that has failed to make Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) and are in a step of improvement, according to No Child Left Behind. Parents who have children attending North Bend Elementary School, Opstad Elementary School and Twin Falls Middle School have the right to request a transfer for their child(ren) to another school within the district referred to as a “choice school.”

          Historical data on Public School Choice in Snoqualmie Valley School District:
    • In 2015-16 -- 1,982 students were eligible to participate and 16 participated.
    • In 2014-15 -- 2,587 students were eligible to participate and 12 participated.
    • In previous school years, it was not applicable.
    Supplemental Educational Services (SES) If your child attends North Bend Elementary School, he or she may be eligible to receive free tutoring through Supplemental Educational Services (SES). This extra help is provided to your student in reading and/or math. The free tutoring program is for students who receive free or reduced-price lunch and will be offered outside the school day by educational providers approved by the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI). If you are interested in finding out more about Supplemental Educational Services, please call the District Office at 425-831-8000 and ask for the Director of Student Services. 
     
    More information on Washington State school performance and AYP requirements is available on the OSPI website at: www.k12.wa.us.