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Smarter Balanced is a critical academic check-up

April 8th, 2015

This spring, students across Washington are taking the Smarter Balanced assessments in math and English language arts for the first time.  There’s a lot to know about what the tests measure, how they are administered, and what to expect when the results come in.  Ready Washington, a statewide coalition of education agencies, associations and advocacy organizations, has developed some great informational materials to… Read more

Help Wanted: Washington #3 in the nation for job opportunities for college grads

April 2nd, 2015

A new study from the Georgetown University Center on Education and Workforce pegs Washington as one of the three states with the most job openings for college graduates.  The study examines the geographic distribution of online job ads (estimating that between 60 to 70 percent of job openings are now advertising online) and finds that: Across all occupations, Massachusetts, Delaware, and Washington state… Read more

Key investments in Senate’s transportation package

March 27th, 2015

Just six weeks into the current legislative session, the state Senate passed a bipartisan transportation investment package early this month.  It’s now up for consideration by the House of Representatives. Some key projects included in the package: Widening I-90 over Snoqualmie pass toimprove safety and provide for smoother movement between eastern and western Washington. Completing the SR-520 west side landing toimprove the link… Read more

U.S. students drop in math, reading, and science global rankings

March 20th, 2015

29 nations outperformed the U.S. in math by a significant margin. In reading, 19 nations scored higher than U.S. students —a jump from nine in 2009. Overall the PISA report puts the U.S. between the Slovak Republic and Lithuania and two spots behind Russia. These results are a reminder we need to strive to do better for our kids. The 2012 PISA results shows the… Read more

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