TAG Luncheon: A+ Washington


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A+ Washington is a project of the Excellent Schools Now coalition centered around advocating for and supporting our schools to better serve our students.

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TAG Luncheon: A+ Washington

  1. 1. A+ Washington:A Way Forward for all Students
  2. 2. Excellent Schools Now Coalition of 36 organizations working together to prepare all students to be college and career-ready. Alliance for Education  Powerful Schools ArtsEd Washington  Schools Out Washington Black Collective  Seattle Biomedical Research Institute Black Education Strategy Roundtable  Seattle Breakfast Group Coalition for Equal Education Rights  Social Venture Partners College & Work Ready Agenda  Spokane Library Ladies College Spark  Stand for Children College Success Foundation  Students for Education Reform – Whitworth Chapter Communities in School of Seattle  Tabor 100 Democrats for Education Reform (WA Chapter)  Teachers United Executive Council for a Greater Tacoma  Technology Access Foundation Invest in Youth  Technology Alliance King County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce  Washington Alliance of Black School Educators League of Education Voters  Washington Biotechnology & Biomedical Association New Futures  Washington Coalition for School Libraries and Pacific Science Center Information Technology Partnership for Learning  Washington Global Health Alliance  Washington Roundtable  Washington State PTA  Washington Technology Industry Association
  3. 3. A+ Washington: Meet Mia
  4. 4. Washington Today: Economy & Workforce Washington ranks 1st in concentration of STEM jobs. Washington ranks 1 st in the creation of software companies. Washington’s ranks 4 th in the nation in technology-based corporations.
  5. 5. Washington Today: Economy & Workforce By 2018, the number of STEM jobs in Washington state will increase by 24%. 70% of jobs in our state will require an education beyond high school by 2020. By 2018, 94% of STEM jobs will require some type of post-secondary education.
  6. 6. Washington Today: EducationWashington’s achievement gap is the 12 th largest in thenation.1 of 4 high school students will not graduate on time.Washington’s graduation rate ranks 37 th nationally, withonly 73.7% students earning a diploma.By 2018, 67% of jobs that pay a family-wage will requiremore than a high school diploma.
  7. 7. Washington Today: Education48% of students in Washington’s 2-year colleges requireremediation.37% of students in Washington’s 4-year universitiesrequire remediation.Only 14% of students of color in Washington will obtaina post-secondary degree.Washington’s ranks 38 th in the nation for the number ofbachelor’s degrees awarded per capita.
  8. 8. Why A+ Washington? We need to support our schools and educators so that they can best help students succeed. Educational attainment is vital to the future economic success of the state and its citizens.
  9. 9. A+ Washington: 5 Strategies Early Learning Great Data Educators A+ WA College & Flexibility Career Ready
  10. 10. Strategy 1: High Quality PK-3rd Grade Expand Access to Quality Pre-Kindergarten & Full-Day Kindergarten – Align pre-Kindergarten with expectations of full-day Kindergarten. – Accelerate expansion of funding for full-day kindergarten. Improve Transitions – Align early learning provider and primary grade curriculum, assessments, teacher training and professional development. – Expand use of state’s WaKIDS kindergarten transition process to all entering kindergarteners in all districts. Empower Parents to Make Informed Choices – Implement the Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) statewide to help drive and support improvement in early learning settings and help parents make informed choices about educational opportunities.
  11. 11. Strategy 2: Excellent Teachers and Leaders Evaluations – Provide support for statewide implementation of the new evaluation model. – Use evaluations one of many data points to help guide performance decisions. Educator Recruitment & Training – Develop recruitment approaches to attract increasing number of high caliber teachers and teachers of color to the profession. – Measure effectiveness of teacher preparation programs. – Recruit more math and science undergraduates to earn teaching credentials. Professional Development, Coaching & Mentoring – Use evaluations to provide targeted professional development. – Provide schools with more collaboration, planning time and job-embedded PD. Educator Compensation – Implement a new educator compensation system that emphasizes responsibility, skills, effectiveness and assignment.
  12. 12. Strategy 3: Career and College Readiness High Expectations – Align high school exit and post-secondary entry requirements. – Enroll students in a default college- and career-prep courses; parental opt-out available. – Implement Common Core State Standards and Assessments. Support Post-Secondary Pathways – Increase career and technical education opportunities. – Increase opportunities for dual enrollment programs, like Running Start. Family & Community Engagement – Develop state-school-family partnership guide. – Encourage student-community-school partnerships/internships. – Provide specialized supports for at-risk or at-need students. Increased Academic Supports – Increase access to student support programs, like AVID or MESA.
  13. 13. Strategy 4: Flexibility Innovative Approaches – Allow schools to make staffing decisions based upon school/student needs. – Encourage restructuring of school year and day based upon school/student need. – Increase technology use and explore blended learning (teacher/online). Explore High-Quality Public Charter Schools – Increase knowledge and learning of successful charter school models. Transform Lowest-Performing Schools – Develop a transformation zone, a state-wide school district, of the lowest performing schools. Increase flexibility and accountability measures.
  14. 14. Strategy 5: Use Data to Inform Decisions State Data System – Develop a state K-12 data system that measures college and career readiness. Use Data to Improve Instruction – Develop student growth model. – Disaggregate data categories to reflect state’s population. – Implement an early warning indicator system. Share Data with Community – Clearly communicate school data in an accessible format. Analyze State Funding – Assess funding formulas; identify potential efficiencies.
  15. 15. We Can – We Must – Do More
  16. 16. What Can You Do? A+ Washington – Support A+ Washington – Speak Up – Engage www.apluswa.org Partnership for Learning – Receive regular communications • E-newsletters • Twitter • Facebook www.partnership4learning.org
  17. 17. Questions?