May 5, 2015


¿Que son Smarter Balanced? Ready Washington resources are now available in Spanish
Ready Washington recently launched a new Español page that features new, translated resources including Smarter Balanced videos, a Common Core video, handouts and more. 
¿Que son Smarter Balanced? (Washington)
¿Que son Smarter Balanced? (Washington)

New transition courses will help students be better prepared for life after high school

An opinion piece in the Seattle Times highlights the importance of 11th grade students taking Smarter Balanced tests and, if necessary, receiving the extra support in 12th grade through transition courses, which provide high school seniors a second chance and extra help...
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STEM in Action
Ninth grade math teacher Linda Estes believes math should engage students, see how she's doing just that in her classroom at Delta High School in Tri-Cities...Read More

200 colleges and universities to use Smarter Balanced scores for student placement
All public institutions: 6 universities and 34 community and technical colleges, 9 independent colleges and universities in Washington state will use high school scores as evidence that students are ready for college courses... Read More

Postsecondary credentials are the gateway to fuller participation in society

A new report by the Lumina Foundation provides degree-attainment data for each of the nation's 100 most populous metro areas. See how Washington is doing...Read More



The Legislature adjourned the 2015 regular. Now in the special session, the House and Senate continue their work on finding a resolution to overreliance on local levies to fund education. In its McCleary decision, the Washington Supreme Court found that school districts are relying on local property tax levies to fund expenses that fall under the state's definition of basic education and therefore should be funded by the state. 


Several proposals related to compensation and levy reform have been introduced to address the ruling. The Washington Research Council details the proposals in their brief: Levy Swap: Tax Increases, Tax Reductions, Unanswered Questions.

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