Washington state is moving — more slowly than most states — toward changing its education system to better serve all students. With a commitment at the federal level in the past few years to fund and incentivize key reforms and strong education bills, Washington state has recently adopted and passed policies that will help ensure quality teachers in every classroom and more school options for families. The state is now beginning to focus on the college-and-career readiness of all students.

However, there is much more work to do. Far too many of Washington’s students are graduating without the skills and knowledge to succeed after high school. And these students will face an increasingly harsh reality: few career options and limited opportunities to earn a living wage. At Partnership for Learning, we believe students should graduate from high school prepared for postsecondary education or training.

To achieve this goal, our state leaders must take real action in the following key education policy areas:

Please click on each of the priorities above to learn more. To see our 2013 policy priorities, click here.