Expert Advice for Washington on Its Education Plan

July 18, 2017

Washington State is developing a new plan to improve education across the state. The state’s vision will address ideas for how to better identify and support struggling schools and districts, how to close the state’s achievement gap, and much more.

It’s really a great opportunity for Washington because the state can craft a plan that’s bold, innovative, and relevant to Washington’s students, Washington’s teachers and Washington’s schools – not top-down one-size-fits-all goals dictated by the federal government.

The choices Washington State makes in developing this new plan can help propel education forward in the state.

This is great news – but it also means that Washington State leaders need to make sure they put together a strong plan that will help advance educational opportunities for all students.

Education leaders and policymakers in Washington State are currently drafting a plan, which they will submit to the U.S. Department of Education by September 18.

Luckily for Washington, 17 states have already submitted their own plans back in April – and experts from both sides of the aisle have given thorough feedback. That means that Washington is in an ideal position to craft a plan that works for Washington — but also look at what experts think are best practices from examples that already exist.

Now, we need to make sure that Washington State’s policymakers know about these great resources.

Washington kids are smart. Washington teachers are ready. But we need to be active citizens and speak up in order to make Washington a leader in education.

Visit CheckStatePlans.org to help make your state’s plan to improve education the best it can be!

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Adam Ezring is the Director of Policy at the Collaborative for Student Success.