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Annual Education Week report gives WA average grade

January 15th, 2014

You know we like tracking progress and benchmarks.  This news out of Partnership for Learning this week… Education Week’s annual Quality Counts report gave Washington an average grade (good for 23rd in the nation) for its state education policy and achievement. You can also access an interactive map with the report’s measurables. The annual report gave Washington average grades of C in five… Read more

New York Times: Why Other Countries Teach Better

December 18th, 2013

The New York Times benchmarks US education and finds “the American work force has some of weakest mathematical and problem-solving skills in the developed world.” Look for an update to our Benchmarks for a Better Washington next spring, in the meantime, this editorial has telling data based on math test scores for 15-year-olds in industrialized nations.

Roundtable sets priorities for 2014

December 17th, 2013

Focus on transportation investment, career & college readiness, closing the skills gap Our priorities for the upcoming legislative session are outlined in our newly released 2014 Policy Agenda.  Each year the Roundtable board puts forward a discrete list of policy priorities aimed at making Washington a top 10 state for innovation and quality of life while also ensuring a competitive environment for business.  Key among… Read more

America’s Edge: new skills gap report

December 16th, 2013

America’s Edge and the Association of Washington Business released a new report today, “Ensuring Washington State’s Global Success,” highlighting the skills gap and the struggle that employers have in finding qualified candidates in Washington state.  As you’ll read in our 2014 Policy Agenda and our report from Boston Consulting Group, “Great Jobs Within Our Reach,” closing the skills gap is essential to growing… Read more

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