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    Dr. Nyland's State of the District 2015

    On Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015, Seattle Public Schools presented the annual State of the District.

    Every Student. Every Classroom. Every Day.

    Amid a performance by the elementary school choir, the John Rogers Otters, and Seattle's first Youth Poet Laureate and Cleveland High School senior Leija Farr's reading of her poem "For Black Boys," Superintendent Dr. Larry Nyland highlighted the achievements of educators and staff, community partnerships, and students of the past year as well as the challenges and opportunities for the future at the district.

    Kent Koth, executive director of Seattle University Youth Initiative's Center for Community Engagement, shared observations about their partnership with district to support students at Bailey Gatzert Elementary School, Washington Middle School and Middle College.

    Excerpts from Dr. Nyland's address

    "Highlights from our year included another year of enrollment growth, encouraging student performance on our first ever Smarter Balanced Assessments, implementation of wireless technology at all school sites,significant improvements in special education and initiation of the City of Seattle's universal preschool.

    "A quick look at who we are–a school system focused on creating success for every student, every classroom, every day. Seattle has continued to grow this fall, for our seventh year in a row. Our trend however seems to be toward smaller growth of approximately 300 students rather than 1000 per year.

    "We currently serve more than 52,000 students in out 98 schools. We are more diverse than ever, serving students from 147 nations and 135 language groups; 13 percent of our students are ELL, approximately 55 percent are of color and 37 percent qualify for free or reduced lunch."

    You can read highlights from Dr. Nyland's address and see the accompanying slideshow.

    SPS and Seattle U partner on program at Bailey Gatzert Elementary

    SPS and Seattle U partner on program at Bailey Gatzert Elementary. from Seattle Public Schools on Vimeo.

    Watch the 2015 State of the District