In March 2014, the U.S. Department of Education did not renew our
state's conditional Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA)
Flexibility Waiver for schools receiving Title 1, Part A funds. This
decision has affected all schools in Washington State, which are now
subject to the punitive requirements of the federal No Child Left Behind
Act (NCLB). Washington is currently the only state that has lost the
waiver, and must revert to NCLB standards and timelines of assessment.
The has put the majority of schools and districts in our state, even
the most highly acclaimed, in the position of receiving "failing" status
under NCLB and requiring notification to parents and options for
attending other schools and programs.
to be succeeding under NCLB, schools must meet Adequate Yearly Progress
(AYP) Standards. AYP is an annual review of the progress that schools,
districts and states have made toward the goal of all students meeting
or exceeding state academic standards for reading and math. For schools
to meet AYP, 100 percent of all students, regardless of special needs
or English language mastery, must meet proficiency standards.
a school receives Title 1 funds and does not make AYP, the school must
meet additional federal requirements. This includes providing written
notification to the affected schools. Below is the list of North Kitsap
schools that are currently receiving Title 1 funds and are impacted by
the required notification, and the notification letters that were sent
the week of August 17th.
Kingston Middle School
Suquamish Elementary School
Wolfle Elementary School