State Capitol Building in Olympia, Wash.
State Capitol Building in Olympia, Wash.

By 2018, nearly 70 percent of jobs in Washington state will require education or training after high school. It's crucial to our state's economy and the future of our students that they are prepared for work and life.

The Partnership for Learning and Washington Roundtable continue to work to ensure every student has great teachers, graduates from high school career- and college-ready, and has access to high quality postsecondary education.

To achieve these long-term goals, the state must strenghen its accountability system to fully meet requirements outlined in the state’s federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act waiver; link to student growth and outcomes; provide information on student funding; and identify rewards and consequences for schools and districts.

Finally, the state must also continue to implement the new teacher-and-principal evaluation system, phase-in use of the Common Core Standards and Assessments in math and English-language arts, and adopt the Next Generation Science Standards and assessments.