Partnership For Learning
Expanding Our Expectations
Expanding Our Expectations

PFL: New report examines Common Core and College & Career Readiness

SEATTLE (Sept. 5, 2013) -- Washington state, a hub of innovative high-tech, aerospace and healthcare companies, has struggled to adequately prepare its public school students for life after high school. Yet, we know by 2018, nearly 70 percent of all jobs in the state will require postsecondary training or a college degree.
A new report by Partnership for Learning and Model Secondary Schools Project examines how the shift to college- and career-readiness standards is changing K-12 learning environments in Washington. The report, "Expanding Our Expectations," addresses Washington's educational challenges (state funding, and growing opportunity and achievement gaps) and how the successful implementation of Common Core State Standards is a key part of larger education toolbox to better prepare students for college, work and life.
"Common Core provides shared goals and expectations for all students at every grade level," said Jana Carlisle, executive director of Partnership for Learning. "These learning standards are more rigorous and require deeper thinking. We will be expecting more of students, but research shows that when we expect more, students deliver."
"Expanding Our Expectations" addresses the questions of why college- and career-ready learning standards are meaningful and how Common Core might change teaching and learning in our public schools. It also focuses on new testing and accountability practices and how the process of measuring student progress is changing.
Partnership for Learning is partnering with the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction and other state education agencies and advocacy organizations on a Common Core public awareness campaign called "Real Learning for Real Life." The campaign's intent is to build awareness and understanding of college- and career-ready learning standards. You can learn more at
A grant from College Spark Washington funded the production and distribution of the "Expanding Our Expectations" report. To download a PDF copy, click here.
Chris Barron, Communications Manager
Partnership for Learning
(206) 625-9655