ESN Coalition Policy Priorities for 2018
The Excellent Schools Now (ESN) Coalition has set goals that by 2030, 100 percent of students will graduate from high school in five years and 70 percent of Washington students will earn a post-secondary degree or credential.
In order to meet those goals, the state, districts, and schools must significantly increase efforts to support students to close opportunity and achievement gaps. ESN is committed to ensuring the investments made in our educational system improve outcomes for our systemically underserved students, particularly students experiencing poverty, students of color, English learners, students with disabilities, students in foster care, and students experiencing homelessness—creating a system that is transparent and accountable at every level.
We will work during the 2018 legislative session to provide quality educational opportunities to every student across the educational continuum, from Pre-K to postsecondary.
Read ESN's 2018 policy priorities:
The Excellent Schools Now (ESN) Coalition is encouraged by the results from the state's first Smarter Balanced assessments. The Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) released statewide test results this morning.
The scores represent a new baseline that provides a more accurate indicator for educators, students, and parents. The scores should not be used as an apples-to-apples comparison to former state tests (e.g., MSP and HSPE). The results will improve as students have additional years of instruction aligned to the new Washington State Standards.
It is vital to our state's economy that we have more students better prepared for college, work, and life. We have an increasing job skills gap in Washington that needs to be addressed, and these scores are a key indicator that we are moving toward the goal.
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