What have I learned?
Yes, Ingraham is at Level 5 under NCLB.
Yes, Ingraham has not met AYP for 6 straight years.
BUT, Franklin and Ingraham have the exact same record for the past 6 years. Three years at Level 5, then 4, 3, 2 after that. Both have failed to make AYP for the last six years.
(To note, the steadiest school in the district is The Center School which has only missed AYP once in the last six years and has never been higher than Level 1.)
What is equally troubling is that there has been a steady decline, across the board at nearly every high school. We have six high schools at Level 5.
We had just one school in the last three years meeting AYP. Just one in three years. The decline starts around 2004-2005 and I have to wonder what happened that so many schools just started a downward trend.
Back to Ingraham. Thanks to several commenters (including ITK and Reluctant Poster), I found out that under NCLB, sanctionsDON'T kick in unless you are a Title 1 school. No SPS high schools take Title 1 money.
So, to be clear, the district cannot hide behind saying "Ingraham's a Level 5 school so we are mandated to do something." They are not, not at the state level nor the federal level. They are making this choice on their own. (Which is fine but they can't hide behind any alleged mandate. This also begs the question of why other schools in these dire straits are not facing the same thing.)
Additionally, as I may have stated before, Board policy and the RCW are in conflict. Board policy says the Board handles appeals but the RCW (28A.405.310) says that a hearing examiner is appointed after being picked by both sides. There is a pre-hearing conference followed by the hearing (within 10 days after the conference). A ruling would come 10 days after the hearing.
What would be great (but I don't think will happen) is that Principal Floe could request an open hearing. That would be very interesting and illuminating.