Tuesday, August 31, 2010

The Results Are In - Any Thoughts?

The Washington State Superintendent of Public Instruction has, as promised, announced on their site the public schools  "report card" for 2009-2010. 
Here are the results:

Student Demographics
October 2009 Student Count1,027,231
May 2010 Student Count1,021,621
Gender (October 2009)
Race/Ethnicity (October 2009)
American Indian/Alaskan Native25,4602.5%
Pacific Islander8,6650.8%
Asian/Pacific Islander89,4888.7%
Special Programs
Free or Reduced-Price Meals (May 2010)399,87839.1%
Special Education (May 2010)123,27812.1%
Transitional Bilingual (May 2010)82,3498.1%
Migrant (May 2010)14,8811.5%
Section 504 (May 2010)11,8741.2%
Foster Care (May 2010)4,9260.5%
Other Information (more info)
Unexcused Absence Rate (2009-10)344,7230.3%
Annual Dropout Rate (2008-09)16,4105.1%
On-Time Graduation Rate (2008-09)58,68773.5%
Extended Graduation Rate (2008-09)63,23879.2%

Financial Data (2008-09)
Per Student AmountsPercent
Total Revenues$9928100%
Local Tax190919%
Other Sources681%
Total Expenditures$9807100%
Central Administration6597%
Building Administration5826%
Maintenance and Operations8118%
Food Services3023%
Transportation Services3474%

Teacher Information (2009-10)  (more info)
Classroom Teachers59,294
Average Years of Teacher Experience12.4
Teachers with at least a Master's Degree65.8%
Total number of teachers who teach core academic classes49,968
% of teachers teaching with an emergency certificate0.1%
% of teacher teaching with a conditional certificate0.1%
Total number of core academic classes129,884
NCLB Highly Qualified Teacher Information
% of classes taught by teachers meeting NCLB highly qualified (HQ) definition98.6%
   % of classes taught by teachers who do not meet NCLB HQ definition1.4%
% of classes in high poverty schools taught by teachers who meet NCLB HQ definition98.0%
   % of classes in high poverty schools taught by teachers who do not meet NCLB HQ definition2.0%
% of classes in low poverty schools taught by teachers who meet NCLB HQ definition99.0%
   % of classes in low poverty schools taught by teachers who do not meet NCLB HQ definition1.0%

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Monday, August 30, 2010

Bumber-Fans Get Ready

Running September 4th-6th in Seattle Center, this years Bumbershoot line-up is knock-your-socks-off fantastic. Featuring big names such as Bob Dylan, Hole, Weezer, Rise Against, Mary J. Blige, and many more - get excited for the "end of summer" music festival.

Don't miss the opportunity to secure your tickets here and now - and spare yourselves the long lines at the gate.

Need to know more?  Be sure to check out the Bumbershoot 2010 website - for any and all festival information.


*Bumbershoot Logo sourced from www.Bumbershoot.org

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Welcome to the "Ultimate refinement in sustainable luxury."

Leave it to the powerhouse auctioneers and real estate experts in my Realogics Sotheby's Realty office to find creative and innovative ways to showcase one of Seattle’s premier developments – Olive 8. Each detail of this property is thoughtfully planned with the most discerning tastes in mind. This fabulous development encapsulates the feeling of Northwest luxury – making it “Luxury’s new address” inside our Emerald City. 

So, where does the innovation come in?  On Sunday, September 19th doors to this luxury property and Hyatt Hotel will open floors 18-26 to bidders for the Olive 8 Auction.  

Preview the full gallery, sustainably green facts, over-the-top features, and luxe amenities on Olive 8's website, or contact me with any questions.  Talk about "talk of the town," this project is truly show-stopping.  


Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Buckle Down & Hit The Books

It's that time of year again, and for many back-to-schoolers, it's time to buckle down and get back into the school routine.  Many people can relate to my feeling that although this is an exciting time of year, it is also a hectic time of year.  Be it shopping for school supplies, a fresh fall wardrobe - finding that perfect first day wear, new school shoes, school open houses, teacher meetings, sports preparations, bus schedules, stocking up on lunch sack-sized treats, the list goes on -  I'm quite sure you understand what I mean - it can get busy.

Despite all the running around, there is more to think about this time of year than a new pair of Nikes or those funny erasable pens, and for all you Moms out there, you may already know where I am going with this.  Washington State Public Schools have done a wonderful job making a "report card" readily available and accessible online.  With toggles directing between all schools in our state, you can compare how your child's school stacks up against any (public school, that is). Although some data reads a bit vague, it is a step toward learning more about how your school dollars are being spent.  

School testing scores are scheduled to be released August 31st by the Office of Superintendent of Public Schools.  Our community report cards are just as important as our children's, and as residents and parents, we have every right to know the grade.

Curious on the rest of the country?  Here is an article published by U.S. News titled - "America's Best High Schools 2010." The Gold Medal Winners? Bellevue's International School ranks 10th on their Top 100 in the nation, Kirkland's International Community School pulls in at 29th place, and Bellevue makes the list again with Newport High School coming in at number 72. 

Similarly, Newsweek Magazine published "America's Best High Schools: The List" where they name around 40 Washington State schools.  

Keep your eyes peeled for more information to break and please share - 'tis the school season!

Here's hoping for a great start to a new school year!