We’ve long been supporters of a high school diploma that ensures every graduate is ready for college and work. Washington is getting closer. The Senate Early Learning & K-12 Committee yesterday heard testimony on SB 6092, a bill that will implement the State Board of Education’s recommended 24-credit high school diploma. The House Education Committee heard testimony on their version of the bill, HB 2181, earlier this month. It’s time to get this done. Check out Partnership for Learning’s legislative tracker to follow the issue and sign this Excellent Schools Now petition urging lawmakers to take action this session. All of Washington’s students deserve a diploma for the 21st century.
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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