Students have small window of opportunity to transfer schools

Students have small window of opportunity to transfer schools

Did you get a letter from the Spokane School District saying your child’s school isn’t meeting standards? The district sent out 13,000 of them for 29 schools stating if parents want they can transfer their child to a better performing one.

However the school district said just because you got the letter it doesn’t mean your child’s school is any worse off than it was several years ago. The district has actually made significant improvements over the last few years.

“It really doesn’t,” Dr. Lorna Spear, Director of Early Learning and Intervention, said. “It says there may be some areas for growth, but we all have areas for growth.”

School districts across the state were required to send the letters if they had schools that did not meet adequate yearly progress and No Child Left Behind standards.

Spear says since No Child Left Behind were adopted in 2001 the school district has made progress and adds a 100 percent pass rate for state tests is unrealistic.

“Some of the schools have actually shown a lot of growth over this same time, but they haven’t shown that 100-percent of students meeting standards,” Spear said.

The letter explains the state’s situation and asks parents if they want to transfer their child to a better preforming school.

The district says the best thing to do if you are thinking of a transfer is to call the child’s school.

“It’s good for parents to question, how’s my school doing and the best source for information is from the building principal,” Spear said.

Of the 13,000 letters sent out about 90 students have requested a transfer. The deadline to get those requests in is August 26.