Nine Mile Falls School District

Superintendent's Message 

Superintendent Brian Talbott
 Brian L. Talbott 
August 2014
Dear Nine Mile Falls School District Families and Constituents:

In 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. The impact of this decision is that all school districts in the State of Washington are now subject to the punitive and regressive requirements of the federal No Child Left Behind act (NCLB). 


We are sending you this letter to notify you that our district and schools did not meet the Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) as required by NCLB. For our schools to meet AYP this year, 100-percent of all students must meet proficiency standards.

As educators, we are fully committed to each and every student reaching his or her full potential and are proud of the significant academic progress our students are making.  While not all students have reached proficiency, our use of target resources to assist struggling students and schools has made a significant difference.

By reverting back to NCLB, we are now required to set aside 20-percent of the Title I funds we receive from the federal government. The money is reserved for the district to either transfer students to a school that meets the federal requirements or pay for private tutoring. In addition, parents whose children attend schools that don’t meet federal standards and receive federal Title I funding will receive notification that their child’s school is failing to meet those guidelines. 

The label of “failing” schools is regressive and punitive, as nearly every Washington district and school will fall short of meeting the NCLB requirements. Some of our state’s and district’s most successful and highly recognized schools are now being labeled “failing” by an antiquated law that most educators and elected officials – as well as the U.S. Department of Education – acknowledge isn’t working. 

The staff of the Nine Mile Falls School District is currently addressing the needs of each student. This positive progress is due to the collaborative efforts of all stakeholders through high-quality instructional strategies, effective leadership, and collaborative partnerships. On behalf of the School Board and our staff, we appreciate your support of our students and schools. 


Brian L. Talbott, Superintendent


Last Modified on September 11, 2014