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Old 10-13-2019, 12:55 AM
 
Location: Seattle
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Seattle written article. I don't agree with everything here but the article makes some points truly worthy of consideration: https://medium.com/s/story/the-probl...s-69b4ef4f5079
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Old 10-13-2019, 12:23 PM
 
Location: Independent Republic of Ballard
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At least GS rankings (I prefer to not call them "ratings") are no longer 100% based on test scores like they used to be. Still, they tend to be self-fulfilling prophesies - a high GS ranking due to higher scoring/income students can tend to lead to even more higher scoring/income students moving into the attendance area, jacking up the GS ranking even further, while at the same time driving up real estate values further and further above affordability, driving lower scoring/income students out.

A tale of two cities: while Seattle's schools (especially in the mostly white Northend) have magically transformed from being average/poor to good/excellent, while Tacoma's schools have been on an opposite trajectory. The difference is almost entirely based on income.

One factor that plays into this is that richer school districts have more resources than poorer school districts. See the Highline SD for an example of a district that is resource-stretched. This results from how we fund our schools, especially for cultural-enrichment programs (arts/crafts, music, drama, foreign languages, etc.).
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Old 10-13-2019, 02:00 PM
 
Location: Seattle
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Seattle written article. I don't agree with everything here but the article makes some points truly worthy of consideration: https://medium.com/s/story/the-probl...s-69b4ef4f5079
I agree with a lot of things in this article. It's not about the school, it's about the individual. American education pre college is a joke anyway (compared to Europe and Asia), so what public school you go to is not that important. Ambitious students will most likely succeed in their lives even if they went to a school with a low score.
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