Education Research

Creating Great Schools for WA Students

In the first Washington Kids for Washington Jobs report, Pathways to Great Jobs in Washington State, the Washington Roundtable and Partnership for Learning joined with The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) to examine Washington’s five-year jobs outlook, shining a spotlight on the jobs that will be available in our state and the pathways our students can take to pursue rewarding careers.

As a result of the study, the Washington Roundtable and Partnership for Learning established an ambitious goal: By 2030, 70 percent of Washington students will go on to earn a postsecondary credential by the age of 26.

To achieve this goal, policymakers, the business community, educators, social service agencies, advocates, students, and families must work together in a comprehensive, cradle-to-career approach to help Washington students prepare for rewarding futures. A key step toward reaching this goal is improving the performance of our K-12 system to ensure more students graduate high school career- and college-ready, with an emphasis on raising achievement at low-performing schools and achievement of struggling students attending schools not deemed low performing.

Read the report.

Pathways to Great Jobs in WA

There will be 740,000 job openings in Washington in the next five years. State job growth over this period is expected to be nearly three times the national average. The majority of job opportunities—particularly those that will support upward mobility and good quality of life—will be filled with workers who have postsecondary education or training. Recognizing the need to prepare our kids for these opportunities, the Washington Roundtable and Partnership for Learning have set an ambitious goal: By 2030, 70 percent of Washington students will earn a postsecondary credential by the age of 26.

Read the report.

Report: Revisiting the STEM workforce

The condition of the U.S. science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) workforce figures prominently in discussions of national competitiveness, education policy, innovation, and even immigration. But the relevant analyses and conversations are hindered by differing understandings of the composition and character of the STEM workforce and the varied, dynamic career pathways enabled by STEM knowledge and skills.

The National Science Board examined recent STEM workforce studies and debates, consulted numerous experts, and explored data in our 2014 Science and Engineering Indicators report to develop insights that could facilitate more constructive discussions about the STEM workforce and inform decision makers. See all the insights in the full report.

Archived Reports

Impact of Effective Teachers and Principals (October 2011)

Raising the Bar: Expect More, Achieve More (August 2011)

Improving the Odds (2.0) (August 2011)

Improving the Odds (February 2010)

Student-Based Budgeting:

     Part 1 & Part 2 (August 2011)

Achieve WA College-and-Career Ready Accountability System (November 2010)

Boosting the Supply & Effectiveness of WA's STEM teachers (January 2010)

Policies That Matter (October 2010)

Accountability Systems That Measure What Matters (August 2010)

Building a Robust Data System in WA (July 2010)


Report: Measuring effects of the Common Core

Findings of the 2015 Brown Center on American Education report show reading gains for states with strong Common Core implementations. See the full report. 

Findings: Teachers Without Mentors Leave the Profession Much Faster

The Institute for Education Sciences released a study that helps determine causes of teacher attrition, retention, and mobility. Studying a cohort of 1,990 first-year public school teachers beginning in the 2007-08 school year, the study found that after five years of teaching, roughly 70 percent of the original cohort remained in their original schools, 10 percent had moved schools, three percent had returned to teaching, and only 17 percent had exited the profession. Mentorship played a key part for those who remained...See full report.

Report: Lumina Foundation: A stronger nation through higher education

Lumina Foundation released its annual progress report. A Stronger Nation report offers detailed data that describes degree attainment at the national, state and county levels. The report provides degree-attainment data for each of the nation’s 100 most populous metropolitan regions. "Gaps in attainment are increasingly worrisome because postsecondary credentials are the gateway to full participation in society." See how Washington is doing

Rankings: Washington Post Index Indicates Most High Schools Are Not Challenging Students

Education Week reports that 89 percent of the country's public high schools did not make the list because schools limit access to advanced courses by requiring that students be recommended by a teacher or earn a certain GPA to sign up. Many students with the aptitude to be successful in these courses simply don't get the chance to sign up. 

To make the list, a school needs to have half of its juniors and half of its seniors take one AP course and exam in each of those years.  See a complete list of the national rankings here.

Report: Opportunity for All - Investing in Washington State's STEM Education Pipeline

Washington State is home to numerous world-class technology, aerospace, clean-energy, and biomedical companies. Nevertheless, the pipeline for employees in science, technology, engineering, and math—collectively known as STEM—is broken. The state currently cannot meet the demand for STEM jobs with local talent and must instead import those workers from out of state or abroad. As a result, Washington is missing out on creating critical middle-class jobs for all its citizens, especially women, underrepresented minorities, and those with low incomes. Full Boston Consulting Group report: Opportunity for All: Investing in Washington State’s STEM Education Pipeline

Report: Preparing Students for Jobs: Ensuring Student Success in the Workforce

A strong education prepares students to succeed in their chosen careers, but education, training, and employment pathways are changing. Individuals take multiple paths into the workforce. One-fourth of adults in the United States have nondegree credentials, such as an information technology certificate, and workers with nondegree credentials have higher earnings than those without them.

To develop and support a strong workforce, policymakers, educators, school and business leaders, students, and the labor force can use data to inform improvements to the variety of routes through education and careers. States can securely link limited K–12 data with postsecondary and workforce data, such as program completion or employment status, to evaluate which schools, programs, and pathways help students be successful in college and careers. States can also collect and report information on students’ readiness for college and careers to provide transparency and inform decisions about how to best prepare students for college and beyond.  

Read the full Data Quality Campaign Report here

Report: Initiative 1351 Class Size Reduction: A $4.7 Billion Unfunded Mandate with Dubious Educational Merit

Click here to see the Washington Research Council's report on Initiative 1351 Class Size Reduction.

Report: High End Achievement Gaps

Efforts to close the achievement gap have often focused solely on the lowest performing students, and results from national assessments suggest that schools have made a lot of progress. We will, however, never close the achievement gaps that many are so committed to closing if we focus exclusively on bringing the bottom students up. Too often, initially high-performing black, Latino, and less advantaged students do not get the attention they need in their schools. We want to ensure that schools take action to better serve these overlooked students. Click here to download the webinar.

During this Webinar, Ed Trust researchers dig deeply into this issue and provide an overview of their recent findings, including analyses of nationally representative data and even personal interviews with high school students from across the country. 

Report: Race for Results: Building a Path to Opportunity for All Children

In this policy report, the Annie E. Casey Foundation explores the intersection of kids, race and opportunity. The report features the new Race for Results index, which compares how children are progressing on key milestones across racial and ethnic groups at the national and state level. Click here to view this report.

Report: Trends in Higher Education

A college education does not carry a guarantee of a good life
or even of financial security. But the evidence is overwhelming
that for most people, education beyond high school is a
prerequisite for a secure lifestyle and significantly improves the
probabilities of employment and a stable career with a positive
earnings trajectory. To view this report, click here.

Report: Following High Achievers Through High School and Beyond

Nationally, many students of color and students from low-socioeconomic backgrounds perform among the top 25 percent of all students in reading and math at the beginning of high school. Many of them, however, leave high school with lower college success markers than their high-achieving white and more advantaged peers. Schools can take action to better serve these students. Click here to read this report. 

Report: Engaging Students for Success: Findings From a National Survey

Recently released federal data for the high school class of 2012 find that the share of students earning a diploma has exceeded 80 percent for the first time in the nation’s history. However, an original analysis by the Education Week Research Center reveals that, of an estimated 3.8 million students who entered the 9th grade in fall 2008, more than 760,000 failed to successfully finish high school by 2012.  Click here to view this report.

Report: Principals' Use of Teacher Effectiveness Data for Talent Management Decisions

This report describes how principals and central/home office staff in eight school systems across the country perceive the use of teacher effectiveness data for talent management decisions.

Report: ESEA Waivers and Teacher-Evaluation Plans

Under the ESEA waiver-granting process, states agreed to certain reforms, such as developing or adopting college- and career-ready standards and teacher-accountability plans that include student-achievement data as a condition of being let out of certain requirements of NCLB. As the reforms begin to take hold, it is worth tracking just how states are implementing or adapting their waiver plans. The Center for American Progress reviewed state ESEA waiver plans as they relate to the implementation and monitoring of evaluation and support systems for teachers and principals. To view this report, click here.

Report: Free to Fail or On-Track to College

The Free to Fail or On-Track to College series by the University of Chicago Consorium on Chicago School Research examines the challenges students face in high school, and how schools respond to those challenges, and tackles the question if student engagement is key for high school graduation and college readiness, why do so many students put in little effort, and what can schools do to encourage student engagement in school?  Click here to view this report.  

Report: Preventable Failure

In 2007, CPS launched a major effort, centered on keeping more ninth-graders on track to graduation.  The effort was a response to research from UChicago CCSR showing that students who end their ninth-grade year on track are almost four times more likely to graduate from high school than those who are off track. To view this report, click here.

Common Core: What Information Do Policymakers Need?

As part of a broader project to better connect the research on Common Core State Standards (CCSS) to policy and practice, Center on Education Policy met with individuals from organizations representing state and local education policymakers to learn of their memberships’ research and data needs around the Common Core. Click here to download the report.

Report: Dual Enrollment with a CTE Focus

A report from Education Commission of the States (ECS) illustrates growth in dual-enrollment across the country, including dual enrollment with a CTE focus. Click here to download the report.

Report: Policy Ecosystems That Support Student Learning

In Digital Learning Now's annual rating of digital learning quality, states are graded by 10 elements: student eligibility, student access, personalized learning, advancement, quality content, quality instruction, quality choices, assessment and accountability and infrastructure. 

Report to Leg: Multiple Pathways for Young Adults

In December 2012, the Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board produced a report on the growing young adult employment rate in Washington. And the key to changing this, according to the report? Education. Download Multiple Pathway for Young Adults.

Annual Report: Progress of the Road Map Project

The Community Center for Education Results (CCER) released its annual report in December 2012 on the progress of the Road Map Project, a seven-school district "cradle to college to career" effort in South Seattle and South King County. Download 2012 Annual Report: Road Map Project.