As you may recall, a parent had written to me in confusion over how her daughter was on place on the kindergarten waitlist, only to move downward days later. She said something had to have changed.
An eagle-eyed reader, found this new page at the SPS website, Waitlist Order Update, and it confirms what many of you thought.
(Now I note - an issue of HUGE importance to parents throughout the district - and it's not even on the front page of the district's website.)
Following the completion of Open Enrollment, an error was discovered in
the priority system for waitlisting students. The distance tiebreaker
was inadvertently left out of the waitlist priorities.
As a result, the
initial waitlist order was incorrect. We have since corrected the error
and placed students on waitlists based on the correct tiebreaker set, including the distance tiebreaker.
The distance tiebreaker was approved by the Seattle Public Schools
School Board during the transitional period of the New Student
Assignment Plan, with full intent and language that it would remain in
effect until a school board action changed it. As of now, it is still in
This one is funny:
During the course of the Open Enrollment and Waitlist period, we
regularly verify student information, look for errors and thus, reorder
waitlists. This can occur for a variety of reasons, including:
1) Updates: Applications with missing or incorrect information are updated;
2) Corrections: Corrected possible errors made when entering application data into computers; or
3) Students leaving the district and being removed from the waitlist.
Okay, I'll ask - which one of those three was this issue? None and actually I don't see "failure to enter correct enrollment procedure data into computers." But that's what they said happened.
A waitlist is never a guarantee of assignment or an implication that
assignment is probable. Waitlists are only moved as space becomes
Nothing like CYA.
Down way at the bottom of the page:
We apologize for this error and any inconvenience it may have caused the
affected students and their families. If your student’s waitlist
position has moved down due to these tiebreaker corrections, you will
receive a letter at the student’s home address. If you have questions,
or believe your student’s position on the current waitlist is incorrect
based on the applicable tiebreaker set, please contact Admissions and request an inquiry.
Assignment and Waitlist Lookup for 2015-16 School Year
Waitlist numbers by school