ESN is a coalition of nearly 40 education, business and community-based organizations in Washington state working to achieve meaningful education reform that increases student achievement. ESN’s steering committee is comprised of the League of Education Voters, Partnership for Learning, Schools Out Washington, Stand for Children Washington and Tabor 100.
The 2014 policy priorities for Excellent Schools Now are as follows:
- Career- and college-ready diploma: Authorize the State Board of Education’s 24-credit “Career- and College-Ready Graduation Requirements,” beginning with the class of 2019. This change would more closely align high school graduation requirements with college admission requirements.
- Teacher Principal Evaluation Program (TPEP): Require all districts in Washington to use state test scores when calculating student growth for use in teacher and principal performance evaluations. This change would allow school districts to maintain local control over nearly $40 million in federal Title I funds.
- Closing opportunity and achievement gaps: Further examine and prioritize strategies that address extended learning opportunities, academic supports, partnerships, summer learning loss and culturally responsive instruction.
- Early learning: Create an integrated and a high-quality early learning system.
Excellent Schools Now has scheduled its annual legislative day for Jan. 21 where members will meet with state lawmakers and leaders to discuss the coalition’s 2014 policy priorities.
ESN formed as a coalition in 2010 and released A+ Washington in 2012, providing a framework for Washington state’s public P-12 education system to serve and improve learning for all students, especially students of color and low-income students. From 2010-13, ESN has helped shape statewide education policy to better prepare students for college and career.
Learn more: ESN 2014 Policy Priorities (PDF)
Making an impact: ESN Accomplishments 2010-13 (PDF)
Media contact: Chris Barron, (206) 625-9655, firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact ESN: info@ExcellentSchoolsNow.org