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Seattle Times: What does our diploma mean?

February 5th, 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… Read more

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.

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