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NEWS: Roundtable Encouraged by Smarter Balanced Results; Urges State to Stay the Course

August 17th, 2015

The Washington Roundtable is encouraged by results released today from the state’s first administration of Smarter Balanced assessments in English language arts and math for grades 3 – 8, 10 and 11. “The Smarter Balanced tests are a valuable tool in assessing student growth and ensuring all students are on track to college- and career-readiness. We are encouraged by this first round of… Read more

Employers and college faculty report gaps in recent graduates’ preparedness

July 23rd, 2015

According to a new national survey by Achieve, 78 percent of college faculty and 62 percent of employers believe that recent public high school graduates are not sufficiently prepared for the expectations they will face in college and in their careers. Employers and faculty aren’t alone. In a previous Achieve survey of recent high school graduates, nearly half of the graduates themselves reported… Read more

Roundtable applauds state lawmakers on breakthrough transportation investment

July 10th, 2015

The Washington Roundtable applauds state legislators following today’s passage of the final components of a comprehensive package that will invest $16.1 billion in Washington’s transportation system. “On behalf of the Washington Roundtable board, I applaud Gov. Jay Inslee and state legislators for working together to pass a transportation package that will benefit our entire state for decades to come,” said Steve Mullin, Washington… Read more

Prestigious Chinese university joins forces with the University of Washington to run a graduate institute focused on technology and innovation

June 19th, 2015

Tsinghua University of Beijing is partnering with the University of Washington to start a graduate institute in Bellevue’s Bel-Red Corridor that could grow to 3,000 students, reports the Seattle Times. The Global Innovation Exchange, or GIX as it will be known, will start with a few dozen students in fall 2016, next fall, both American and Chinese. It could grow to 3,000 students… Read more

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