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Support for 24-credit diploma – sign the petition!

January 28th, 2014

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,… Read more

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

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Washington Roundtable @waroundtable17 hours agoRT @washingtonstem: Recent studies by both the @waroundtable and @washingtonstem make clear that most jobs available in the coming years wi…
Washington Roundtable @waroundtable5 days agoRT @Part4Learning: @EdmondsSchools 740K jobs are coming to WA. Let's ensure our students earn the post-high school credential they need to…
Washington Roundtable @waroundtable5 days agoRT @Part4Learning: TODAY: 40% of WA students complete a credential by age 26 (est) OUR GOAL: Raise that number to 70% by the HS Class of 2…
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