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Report: Building a Better Accountability System for California

Like Washington, California is attempting to revamp its accountability to provide better data on students, teachers and schools. An August 2012 report highlights California's effort build a better accountability system. Download Some Assembly Required: Building a Better Accountability System for California.

Report: The Irreplaceables: How Urban Schools are Losing Top Teachers

TNTP, a nonprofit dedicated to ensuring all students get excellent teachers, released a report on July 30, 2012 that showed how urban schools are losing top teachers while the lowest-performing teachers remain in the system. Download The Irreplaceables.

Report: Condition of Education shows more students taking math, science

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)'s May 2012 on the condition of education in the United States found that more students are taking science and math. That is likely due to the increased focus on STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) in our nation's schools. Download The Condition of Education.

 

Report: America's educational failures a threat to national security

The Council on Foreign relations released a report in March 2012 that it stated America's educational failures are a threat to national security. The U.S. spends more on K-12 public education than most nations, yet many of its students are not prepared for life after high school. Download U.S. Education Reform and National Security.

Report: Washington a key state in improving HS graduation numbers

In a lengthy March 2012 report, it was noted that Washington state was one of 13 states key to winning the high school graduation battle: "These states have the largest numbers of students to get back on track to graduate and they need to be the most aggressive in accelerating their graduation rate by 2020." Download Building a Grad Nation: Progress and Challenge in Ending the High School Dropout Epidemic

Examining Charters: How public charter schools can work in Washington state

An October 2012 report by the Partnership for Learning and the University of Washington's Center on Reinventing on Public Education (CRPE) examines how charter schools would fit into the state's public education landscape. This report was released before the November 2012 election, where voters approved the Washington Public Charter Schools Initiative.

The report addresses Washington's educational challenges, how charter schools work, what makes them different from traditional public schools and what it takes to start and support a quality charter school. 

Download Examining Charters (PDF)

A+ Washington: A way forward for all Students

Washington can and must accelerate career and college readiness and success for all young people, especially for low-income students and students of color. The Excellent Schools Now coalition developed and released A+ Washington in 2012.

Download the A-Washington-Plan.pdf

Building a Robust Data System in Washington

Partnership for Learning is pleased to announce the second in a series of reports on how Washington state can build an education system that prepares all students to succeed in college and the world of work. Stay tuned throughout the summer as we release a new report every few weeks.

This week: Building a Robust Data System in Washington

We live in the age of information. With an Internet connection and a few keystrokes, a startling amount of data, on every subject imaginable, is available. Education is no different.

If Washington state's goal is for all students to graduate from high school ready for college and careers, a key component to reaching this goal must be a statewide data system that tracks the right indicators and is simple and nimble enough for both educators and policymakers to use.


To learn more, read the report.

The State of State Standards and the Common Core in 2010

In June 2010, the Common Core State Standards Initiative released K-12 academic standards  in English language arts (ELA) and math -- an effort that grew out of a state-led work to align what students across the nation are learning.

As states begin to adopt these standards, questions on the clarity and rigor of the Common Core Standards have been raised. The Thomas B. Fordham Institute's report, The State of State Standards and the Common Core in 2010, answers this question and provides a state-by-state analysis of their standards compared to the Common Core Standards. 

The Impact of Effective Teachers and Principals

Partnership for Learning is pleased to announce the first in a series of reports on how Washington state can build an education system that prepares all students to succeed in college and the world of work. Stay tuned throughout the summer as we release a new report every few weeks.

This week: The Impact of Effective Teachers and Principals

What matters most when it comes to increasing student achievement? Small class sizes? Whether a child lives in poverty? A fair and equitable state school finance formula?

While the above, and much more, play a role in raising student achievement, teacher and principal effectiveness has a greater impact on student learning than any other factor in a school system. 

 

Improving the Odds: Preparing Washington Students for Family-Wage Jobs

Right now, Washington's education system practically guarantees that, even if students meet the minimum high school graduation requirements, they won't be adequately prepared for a two-year college -- or eligible to even apply to a four-year college. This new report from the College & Work Ready Agenda advocates for a K-12 education system that prepares all students to compete for family-wage jobs. 

The Gateway to Student Success in Math and Science, Microsoft

Partnered with the American Institutes for Research, Microsoft developed The Gateway to Student Success in Mathematics, a report of national and statewide math and science research and implications for Washington’s K-12 education system. 

The New Teacher Project Releases "Teacher Evaluation 2.0"

The highly anticipated documentary “Waiting for ‘Superman’” will be released in selected theaters across the country on September 24, and will open in Seattle on Friday, October 1. Featured this week on Oprah and on the cover of Time Magazine, this movie by director Davis Guggenheim (“An Inconvenient Truth”) takes a close look at public education through the lives of five children and their families across the country. 

The documentary cites national statistics and other states’ statistics, but it may leave Washington viewers wondering, “How does our state stack up?” The University of Washington’s Center on Reinventing Public Education has prepared a short guide that presents important facts about the state of education in Washington, as well as ideas for what parents and communities can do to get involved.

Is_WA_still_waiting_for_Superman.pdf
The guide is also available at www.crpe.org

Frontrunners in Reform: Who's Racing to the Top?

On July 27, the U.S. Department of Education announced 19 finalists for the second round of Race to the Top grant funding. While each finalist demonstrated a strong reform platform through legislation and strategic implementation plans, the question remains: Who will be chosen to join Delaware and Tennessee as Race to the Top winners?


For a summary of Round Two Race to the Top Finalist applications, as well as predictions for winners, please view our analysis. Racing_to_the_Top.pdf

WA State High Schools Pay Less for Math and Science Teachers than for Teachers in Other Subjects

In a new analysis from the University of Washington’s Center on Reinventing Public Education (CRPE), "Washington State High Schools Pay Less for Math and Science Teachers than for Teachers in Other Subjects", researchers demonstrate that the average pay for math and science teachers in Washington state lags behind other teachers. In the two subject areas the state seeks to prioritize, nineteen of the thirty largest districts in the state spend less per math or science teacher than for teachers in other subjects.

Pay_Less_for_Math_and_Science_Teachers.pdf

Building a Grad Nation: Progress and Challenge in Ending the High School Dropout Epidemic

With one in four U.S. public school students dropping out of high school before graduation, America continues to face a dropout epidemic.

"Building a Grad Nation: Progress and Challenge in Ending the High School Dropout Epidemic", released by America’s Promise Alliance, Civic Enterprises, and the Everyone Graduates Center at John Hopkins University, outlines that we can end the dropout epidemic, even in schools from lower-income, urban and rural districts that many previously thought were hopeless. 

Building_a_Grad_Nation.pdf

Accountability Systems that Measure What Matters

Partnership for Learning is pleased to announce the third in a series of reports on how Washington state can build an education system that prepares all students to succeed in college and the world of work. Stay tuned throughout the summer as we release a new report every few weeks.

This week: Accountability Systems that Measure What Matters

While there is an increasing sense of national urgency about chronically low-performing schools, far too many schools continue to fall short, and far too many students continue to pay the devastating price.

Every state must drive schools and districts to achieve college and career readiness for all students, and hold individual schools and districts accountable if they fail to do so. This means building robust accountability systems, and finding ways to identify and intervene in chronically low-performing schools. 

To learn more, read the report. Accountability_Systems_that_Measure_what_Matters.pdf

Raising the Bar: Expect More, Achieve More

Partnership for Learning is pleased to announce the fourth in a series of reports on how Washington state can build an education system that prepares all students to succeed in college and the world of work.

This week: The Power of College and Career Ready Standards, Assessments and Graduation Requirements

Now, more than ever, a high-quality education is essential for success in college and careers. In the next decade, nearly 80 percent of job openings in the United States will require education beyond the high school level. Without the skills to succeed in college or in careers, America's high school graduates will face a harsh reality: fewer career options with limited opportunities to earn a living wage. 

Raising_the_Bar_Expect_More_Achieve_More.pdf

The New Teacher Project Releases "Teacher Evaluation 2.0"

Almost everyone agrees that teacher evaluations are broken, and fixing them is critical to building a thriving teacher workforce. In 2009, The Widget Effect documented how poorly-designed teacher evaluation systems rate all teachers as “good” or "great" and provide little useful feedback on classroom performance.

Since then, states and school districts have begun to revamp outdated systems by passing new legislation and forging groundbreaking collective bargaining agreements with teachers’ unions.

The dilemma education leaders now face is, “How?” How can they avoid the pitfalls of past evaluation systems and create new ones that become useful tools for teachers and school leaders?

Teacher Evaluation 2.0 tackles this key question. It proposes six design standards that any rigorous and fair teacher evaluation system should meet. It offers a blueprint for better evaluations that can help every teacher succeed in the classroom—and give every student the best chance at success. 

Teacher_Evaluation_2.0.pdf