BackgroundDuring the 2013-14 school year, Mercer Island School District conducted a self-evaluation of its recreational and athletic programs to determine compliance with the equal educational opportunity requirements of state and federal laws (Title IX of the Educational Act Amendments of 1972, 34 CRF Part 106, RCW 28A.640 and WAC392-190).
Title IX Compliance Update
The Title IX Committee meets twice each year to review the progress made in addressing compliance concerns. The committee confirmed that the district has continued to make substantial progress in ensuring that female students have an equitable opportunity to participate in sports as male students. For the 2013-14 school year, the percentage of female students participating in sports was 63.9 percent, which compares to male student participation of 64 percent. While a larger percentage of male students participate in multiple sports, female students continue to highly value the non-competitive activities of Drill and Cheer. Including these activities in the counts demonstrates that male and female participation in sports activities (competitive and non-competitive) is equal at 93.4% each.
The Mercer Island School District Title IX Team conducts an annual review of the districts sports programs to identify any issues and make recommendations to enable the district to maintain equity between boys and girls sports programs. There appears to be equity in all eight domains summarized in the annual review. It is also important to note that the number of sports and teams offered for female students exceeds that of male students. The ratio of students to coaches for female sports is better than that of male sports.
Mercer Island is committed to providing equitable programs for our male and female students across the district. We understand the value of our sports program in the development of our students to be the future leaders of American values and interests around the world.
Title IX Compliance Committee Members
Title IX Compliance Steering Committee Meeting Minutes:
For additional information, please contact:Mercer Island School District Title IX Compliance Officer
Erin Battersby, Senior Director (Phone 206-230-6227)