OSPI makes school district data easier to access

  • Mon Aug 5th, 2019 5:30pm
  • News

For parents, students and other school faculty, the ability to see how well individual schools and school districts stack up against one another just got a little easier in Washington State.

Starting in July, the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) launched a new website that makes checking basic things like what percent of students are graduating on time or how many meet the state math and English Language Arts requirements more easily accessible.

To check the statistics of each school under the state’s “Report Card,” you can visit www.k12.wa.us and clicking “Report Card” under the “Data & Reporting” tab, which shows all kinds of information like how many students regularly attend school each day, and how much money is spent per student. For example, looking under the Aberdeen School District page shows that 35.7% of students meet the state’s state’s standards for math, and 44.6% meet the English Language Arts standards based on testing for specific grades in the 2017-18 school year. It can be interesting to compare how Grays Harbor County schools compare to others in more populated districts.

The site even gets into other statistics such as the percent of students who received suspensions or expulsions in the previous school year, and how experienced the staff are. To view those, just scroll down and click on other categories like “Educators” or “Student Discipline.”

“The new site was developed with the input of parents, educators, school district administrators,and community members to create a site that is accessible and easy to navigate,” said Superintendent Chris Reykdal in a press release.

In developing the site, OSPI conducted surveys with hundreds of respondents across the state to see what could be improved to help with the new design.