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New school report ranks Mead High top in region

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SEATTLE - A conservative think tank has released its own school report card for middle and high schools based on statewide test results, and Spokane schools run the gamut of scores.

The Evergreen Freedom Foundation's report card ranks schools by academic test scores. Unlike similar information available on a state Web this, the foundation presents the information without making any allowances for poverty or diversity.

The site gives parents an easy way to figure out how a school is doing and whether its test performance is getting better or worse over time. It also allows parents to compare schools.

Schools are ranked on a 10-point scale, with a 10 meaning no school in Washington is doing a better job on the Washington Assessment of Student Learning. Zero means no school is doing worse. The statewide average is six.

Locally, Mead High School got the best score in the area, an 8.2.  That score ranks Mead at 27 of 359 Washington high schools involved in the study. Shadle Park High came in second in the Spokane region, with a score of 7.8.

Spokane Valley Transition School came in last in the area, with a score of 4.2. Havermale High also landed near the bottom, but the school's scores have significantly improved over the last five years.

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