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NYT: Achievement gains with Common Core

November 20th, 2013

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…. Read more

WA takes lead with NextGen science standards

October 7th, 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…. Read more

Annual Chair’s Report: 2013 highlights & work to be done

September 16th, 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… Read more

Special session for transportation needed now

September 4th, 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… Read more

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WA Roundtable @waroundtable5 days agoThe Guided Pathways program gives students a step-by-step road map to a degree or certificate. We support expansion of this program to all 2-year colleges in the state. https://t.co/kbdtaGWxkA @Part4Learning @SBCTCWashington #WAKids4WAJobs #CredentialEssential #WALeg #WAedu https://t.co/ZgXi8eiPUm
WA Roundtable @waroundtable5 days agoRT @CollegeSparkWA: Research shows that students who enroll in a specific program of study are much more likely to complete their credentia…