State lists local schools in need of extra funds

YAKIMA, Wash. -- Washington state has named almost 300 underperforming schools in need of extra funding for the 2014-15 school year, and almost 30 local schools made the list.

Twelve schools in our area have been classified as "Priority Schools," while 17 were listed as "Focus Schools."

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn released this year's list of Priority and Focus Schools Tuesday. These schools will receive more money and additional support from the state.

Washington developed the categories of Priority and Focus Schools as part of its waiver from the federal No Child Left Behind law. The U.S. Department of Education revoked that waiver last month, but Dorn says the state will continue to use those categories.

The state defines Priority Schools as those in the bottom 5 percent statewide. They can be listed for having fewer than 40 percent of their students meet math and reading standards, for having a graduation rate below 60 percent, or for scoring poorly in the state's comprehensive Achievement Index.

Focus Schools are among the bottom 10 percent and can be listed for low graduation rates or for having too many members of a subgroup like English language learners or students with disabilities fail to meet state standards.

For a full list of priority and focus schools in our viewing area, click here.