Seventy percent of Mid-Columbia schools ranked no better than “fair” based on a new ranking released Tuesday by the Washington Policy Center. And not one received an exemplary rating.
The Accountability Index is a comprehensive yearly grading system, based on state data, that gives parents and the community an indication of how well schools are performing, according to a release from the center, an Olympia-based think tank.
The six rankings used are: exemplary, very good, good, fair, underperforming and lowest 5 percent.
According to the index, the highest and lowest performing schools from each Tri-City district are:
• Kennewick School District: Southgate Elementary, very good; Edison Elementary, lowest 5 percent.
• Richland School District: Hanford High School, very good; Jefferson Elementary, fair.
• Pasco School District: James McGee Elementary, very good; Virgie Robinson Elementary, lowest 5 percent.
A look at the results for schools across the entire state show:
• 44 percent of public schools received a “fair” ranking or lower.
• 39 percent received “very good” or “good.”
• 4 percent received “exemplary.”
• 13 percent of schools were not rated.
To see the index, go to http://bit.ly/achievementindex.