The New York Times today editorializes on gains in student achievement in areas where Common Core State Standards have been implemented. This early data is encouraging for what's to come as other states across the country move toward full implementation. As the NYT reports:
"Two examples are the District of Columbia and Tennessee, among the first to install more ambitious standards and teacher evaluations. Tennessee jumped from 46th in the country in fourth-grade math two years ago to 37th, and from 41st in the nation to 34th in eighth-grade reading. The District of Columbia, though still performing below the national average, has also shown progress. The scores of its students improved significantly in both math and English.
Moreover, according to Education Secretary Arne Duncan, the eight states that managed to get the Common Core standards in place in time for the latest National Assessment of Educational Progress exams this year showed improvement from 2009 scores in either reading or math."
Achieve, an independent nonpartisan education reform organization, also just released its 8th annual report, "Closing the Expectations Gap," which assesses the nationwide effort to implement Common Core Standards and Assessments. This report offers a plethora of 50-state comparison detail.
- Nov. 20, 2013
Momentum is building in favor of a special legislative session so that lawmakers can get a transportation package passed this year. Washington needs this package sooner rather than later. Without action, half of state highway pavement will be in poor / very poor condition in 10 years. The system is deteriorating, we can't let it crumble. The News Tribune made the call for a special session today. We made the call alongside labor on TVW's "Inside Olympia" last Thursday. It is time to act. We're talking to lawmakers and hoping voters are too. Get more detail from Keep Washington Rolling and contact your lawmakers!
- Oct. 28, 2013
On Friday, Gov. Inslee and State Superintendent Randy Dorn announced that Washington will be the eighth state in the nation to adopt the Next Generation Science Standards. This is a solid move for Washington and a great step for our kids. It's about setting expectations for what students should know by the end of every grade level in the major areas of science. Washington leads the nation in the creation of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) jobs. Yet employers are constantly stuck trying to find qualified candidates here. This is about getting great science experiences for all of our kids and making sure they achieve the skills they need at each grade level so they are prepared for the great opportunities that exist here. Kudos to Washington for being a leader. Get more detail and sign up for the ReadyWA newsletter.
- Oct. 7, 2013
Check out our new 2013 Chair's Report. This annual publication provides a summary of progress against our 2013 Policy Agenda and perspective on work left to be done. Key among the year's highlights was enactment of a balanced state budget that focuses new investment on K-12 education, with accompanying reforms, and increased funding for higher education to address our state's skills gap. The biggest disappointment was the legislature's inability to pass a statewide transportation investment. The Roundtable believes such a package is critical to rebuilding Washington. Our coalition of business, labor and environmental interests is urging Gov. Inslee to call the legislature back into session this November to approve a new transportation investment package. It is past time to deliver a package that preserves the transportation system we have and finish projects in important economic corridors.
- Sept. 16, 2013
Talk has been heating up this week about Gov. Inslee possibly calling a special legislative session this November to address transportation. We couldn't agree more. Our system is ailing and in need of new investment. Keep Washington Rolling - our coalition of business, labor and environmental interests - is urging lawmakers to come back in November and get this done. Read more in today's press release and follow the Keep Washington Rolling effort on the coalition web site or on Facebook.
- Sept. 4, 2013