EDUCATION: 7 Mid-Columbia schools on low-performing list

By Tri-City Herald staffDecember 20, 2011 

State school officials on Monday released a list of the lowest-performing schools that receive federal money targeted toward low-income students.

Seven Mid-Columbia schools are on the list.

The list shows the 5 percent of schools eligible to receive federal Title I money that are identified as the "persistently lowest-achieving schools" in the state.

This year, 57 schools from 38 districts made the list.

Local schools include Highlands Middle School in Kennewick, Kiona-Benton City Middle School, and Robert Frost, Longfellow, Rowena Chess, Emerson and Virgie Robinson elementaries in Pasco.

The list was first put together in 2010 with the introduction of the federal School Improvement Grants, Randy Dorn, superintendent of public instruction, said in a statement. That year, the 47 schools in the state received $17 million to improve.

But no school improvement grants will be available in the 2012-13 school year.

"State law requires us to put out this list," Dorn said. "To me, it's completely unfair to call out these schools without giving them additional resources."

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