With just two weeks left in the legislaitve session, it's encouraging to see continued progress this week on education policy. The House Education Committee moved the 24-credit diploma bill. We're also anticipating a new bill will drop to make a necessary change in the state's teacher and principal evaluation system. These are high priorities for the last weeks of the session. More from Roundtable members on why the 24-credit bill in particular matters so much:
- Feb. 26, 2014
From The Seattle Times:
There is little argument about the facts: Fewer than half of all graduating high school seniors in Washington meet basic requirements for admission to public universities, and hundreds of employers say our high school graduates do not have adequate skills in reading, writing or math — even for low-level jobs.
It's time for a diploma that prepares every student for college and career. Sign the petition to support the 24-credit diploma.
- Feb. 5, 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 of six categories (K-12 achievement; school finance; transitions and alignment; standards, assessments and accountability; and teaching profession). The report did give Washington a grade of B- in "chance for success" using the indicators of early foundations, school years and adult outcomes. It’s the 18th year Education Week has compiled the report.
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- Jan. 15, 2014
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.
- December 18, 2013