No Child Left Behind-Parent Notification

Required Notification Regarding School Performance

March 2014, the U.S. Department of Education declined to renew the state of Washington's conditional Elementary and Secondary Education Act Flexibility Waiver for schools receiving Title I, Part A funds. This decision affects all schools in Washington State, which are now subject to the punitive requirements of the federal No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). Washington is the only state that has lost its waiver and must revert to NCLB standards and timelines of assessment. This has put even the most highly acclaimed schools and districts in Washington State in the position of receiving "failing" status under NCLB and requiring notification to parents and their options for attending other schools and programs.

For schools to be succeeding under NCLB, schools must meet Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) standards. For schools to meet AYP this year, 100 percent of all students, regardless of special needs or English language mastery, must meet proficiency standards.

Issaquah Schools are among the highest performing in Washington State, scoring in the top five of districts on state assessments for the past ten years. Ten of our schools received School of Distinction Awards last year, the top award given by the state.

Yet, our schools, along with all others in the state, will be listed as "failing," a harsh and unfair label for our students, our schools, and our communities.

To view the letter signed by 28 local superintendents and the legal notification, click on the link below.

A letter signed by 28 local superintendents explaining the punitive 100% success requirements of NCLB

If a school is receiving Title I funds and doesn't make AYP, the school must meet additional federal requirements. Below is a list of the ISD schools receiving Title I funds that are impacted by the required notification, and links to a request form for supplemental educational services, a list of state-approved supplemental educational service providers, and application forms for public school choice and SES services by school.

Schools Receiving Title 1 Funds

  • Apollo Elementary
  • Briarwood Elementary - Step 2
  • Clark Elementary - Step 1
  • Issaquah Valley Elementary - Step 2
  • Maple Hills Elementary
  • Sunset Elementary

Notification and Forms

Briarwood Elementary
Briarwood Elementary students are eligible to transfer under public school choice for 2015-2016 school year. Briarwood Elementary students who qualify for free and reduced lunch who choose not to transfer are eligible to access Supplemental Educational Services. 

Briarwood Elementary students were eligible for public school choice in 2011-2012 and 2014-15. In 2011-12, of the 430 students at Briarwood Elementary, two students transferred under the public school choice provision. Last year, of the 645 students at Briarwood Elementary, three students transferred. This year, no students transferred under the public school choice provision. This year, no students requested to transfer under the public school choice provision. In 2014-15, 13 students at Briarwood and Issaquah Valley Elementary Schools requested and received Supplemental Educational Services (SES).

Clark Elementary
Clark elementary students are eligible to transfer under public school choice for 2015-2016 school year.

Issaquah Valley Elementary
Issaquah Valley Elementary students are eligible to transfer under public school choice for 2015-2016 school year. Issaquah Valley Elementary students who qualify for free and reduced lunch who choose not to transfer are eligible to access Supplemental Educational Services.

Issaquah Valley Elementary students were eligible for public school choice in 2011-2012 and 2014-15. In 2011-12, of the 561 at Issaquah Valley Elementary, two students transferred under the public school choice provision. Last year, of the 582 students at Issaquah Valley elementary, three students transferred. This year, no students transferred under the public school choice provision. This year, no students requested to transfer under the public school choice provision. In 2014-15, 13 students at Briarwood and Issaquah Valley Elementary Schools requested and received Supplemental Educational Services (SES).