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The U.S. Department of Education notified Washington on April 24, 2014 that its ESEA Flexibility Request (Waiver) will not be extended into the 2014–15 school year. However, the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) will continue to identify priority and focus schools for support using both the methodology developed under the waiver and federal requirements outlined under ESEA.

We will continue to update the website as new information becomes available.

2014 Priority Schools2014 Focus Schools

The Elementary and Secondary Education Act was passed in 1965 as a part of the "War on Poverty." ESEA emphasizes equal access to education and establishes high standards and accountability. The law authorizes federally funded education programs that are administered by the states. In 2002, Congress amended ESEA and reauthorized it as the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB).

  • Consolidated Program Review (CPR) is a compliance review required under federal regulations. The CPR team at OSPI monitors all federally funded ESEA programs in Washington state.

2014 Priority and Focus Schools
Priority schools are among the lowest 5 percent of schools in the state, based on achievement on statewide assessments in Reading and Math (combined) over three years and/or graduation rates. The list of Priority schools includes (1) schools with a proficiency rate in Reading/Mathematics (combined) over 3 years that is less than 40%, (2) schools with an Adjusted 5-year Cohort Graduation Rate over 3 years that is less than 60%; (3) lowest performing schools based on the Achievement Index; (4) current Priority schools continuing forward to 2014–15; and (5) the bottom 5% of persistently lowest achieving schools (PLAs) in Reading and Math over 3 years.

Focus schools are among the lowest 10 percent of schools in the state. They have the consistently lowest performing subgroups on statewide assessments in Reading and Math (combined) and/or graduation rates over three years. The list of Focus Schools includes (1) schools with an Adjusted 5-year Cohort Graduation Rate over 3 years that is less than 60%; (2) the bottom 10% of schools based on subgroup performance in Reading/Math (combined) over 3 years; and (3) current Focus schools continuing forward as Focus schools in 2014–15. Newly designated Focus schools identified based on Reading and Math (combined) over 3 years have proficiency rates that are less than or equal to 13.58% for at least one subgroup.

 

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