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The Road Map Project releases 2012 Results Report

We all know that what gets measured is what counts.

Last week, the Road Map Project released the 2012 Results Report, its first annual report card, which includes data on 30 indicators of student academic success in South King County. The goal of the report is to “motivate action and drive change” in South King County.

Report indicators and highlights include:

1) Healthy and Ready for Kindergarten

Looks at the percentage of children ready to succeed in school by Kindergarten. Contributing indicators include, among others, the percentage of children born underweight and the percentage of eligible children enrolled in programs like HeadStart and ECEAP.

While the number of students attending full day K increased one percentage point overall (from 72 percent to 73 percent), the number increased dramatically in the Highline School District, where they went from 51 percent of students enrolled in full day K during the 2009-2010 school year to 61 percent during 2011-2012.

2) Supported and Successful in School

Looks at the percentage of students proficient in 3rd grade reading, 4th grade math, 5th grade science, 6th grade reading, 7th grade math, 8th grade science, the number of absences, and suspensions and expulsions.  Contributing indicators include the percentage of students taking algebra by 8th grade and the percentage of parents who actively support their child’s education and believe a college degree is important.

While third grade reading scores are down from 70 percent in the 2010-2011 school year to 64 percent in 2011-2012, sixth grade reading improved, going up from 67 percent in the 2010-2011 school year to 69 percent in 2011-2012.

3) Graduate from High School College and Career-Ready

Looks at the percentage of students who graduate high school on time, the percentage of students meeting minimum requirements to apply to a Washington State 4-year college, and the percentage of students at community and technical colleges enrolling in pre-college work. Contributing indicators include, among others, the percentage of high school students who graduate high school by age 21 and the number of graduating College Bound students who have completed the FAFSA.

Seventy-two percent of high school students are graduating on time in the Road Map region.  The percentage of students taking the minimum requirements to apply to a Washington four year college  dropped to 50 percent during the 2011-2012 school year, down two percentage points from the previous academic year.

4) Earn a College Degree or Credential

Looks at the percent of students who enroll in post-secondary education by age 24, the percent of students continuing past the first year of post-secondary, and the percent of students who earn a post-secondary credential by age 24. Contributing indicators include the percent of students who did not complete high school on time who achieve a post-secondary credential and the percent of students employed within one and five years of completing or leaving post-secondary education, including  a measure of their earned wage.

College enrollment and college persistence rates in the Road Map region have remained fairly flat at 59 percent and 52 percent respectively over the course of the last three school years. There is a large double digit gap between white and Asian high school graduates persisting in college and Black, Native American/Alaskan Native and Hispanic high school graduates.

 

The Road Map Project goal is to double the number of students in South King County and South Seattle who are on track to graduate from college or earn a career credential by 2020.

Read the full report here.

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“Is it worth giving up a Saturday in my busy life to attend an education-advocacy training?”

This post was written by LEV’s State Field Director, Kelly Munn.

What: Access, Equity and Excellence: LEV’s 3rd Annual Advocacy Training
Where: Highline Community College
When: January 12th, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Register here.

You’re extremely busy and we know how valuable your time is. You know how we know? We’re busy too. We think it’s completely fair to ask:

“Is it worth giving up a Saturday in my busy life to attend an education-advocacy training?”

League of Education Voters might hold the answer to this very question.  You should attend our January 12th training if….

  • You want to meet people who think like you, but who also might challenge your assumptions
  • You want to hear stories from school districts who have stepped up to the plate and are improving outcomes for kids
  • You want to learn about the likely bills facing the legislature this session
  • You want to be surrounded by friends who also want to improve education  and are not afraid to ask tough questions
  • You want a few answers, even if you may not like them
  • You have heard about DFER, College Success Foundation, The Roadmap Project, Childrens Alliance, Office of the Education Ombudsman, TeamChild, Equity in Education and many more organizations, but haven’t had a chance to talk with someone from the organization
  • You need a little hope and truth to kick off the new year!

If you answered YES to any of these questions, you should seriously consider giving up your Saturday on January 12th to come to the training.

Workshops include:

The NEWS on McCleary

Three D’s: Discipline, Data Collection and Disproportionality

Why All Day-K Matters

Leveraging our Voice in the Collective Bargaining Process

The Ins and Outs of Teacher Evaluations in Washington

Community Strategies for Closing the Opportunity Gap

Learning from the rest of the Nation: How to Do Charters Right

Show Me the Money: Education Funding and Revenue in the 2013 Legislative Session

Parent Power! A Training with OEO

Reclaiming Students: The Educational and Economic Costs of Exclusionary Discipline

Prepare to be inspired by a keynote from LEV CEO Chris Korsmo, as well as a science-fair style learning event. We’ll wrap the day with a wine reception and student performances.

The all-day event only costs $25 and includes lunch.  This is a sweet deal.  LEV is not making money on this training, funds go towards paying the cost of facility rentals and food.  If you can’t afford the $25 fee, please contact Maggie Wilkens at Maggie@educationvoters.org  and she will give you a fee waiver, no questions asked.   However, if you CAN afford the fee, and would like to sponsor someone else, it would be MUCH appreciated.

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I am an advocate because…

Why am I an education activist? Well, where do I start?

Ever since I can remember, I’ve been mad about something. Maybe my brother wouldn’t let me have my turn on the video game system or when in high school, my parents wouldn’t let me stay out after 11:00pm on the weekend. More recently, I think I got my fourth parking ticket in six months.

Nothing brings out the activist in me more than the issue of public education. Kids are born pure and good. They deserve the best and brightest in this world, including every opportunity they can dream up. They even deserve opportunities they don’t yet know exist.

Why am I an education activist? Because advocacy brings me back to reality. It’s part of me and it’s part of how I come to terms with things that I consider to be injustices. This is new for me. I didn’t start out thinking of myself as an activist. However, I’ve come to embrace this part of my personality and now—I want to shout it from the rooftops, my Twitter account and my Facebook page.

I’m no expert on the facts, figures and policies that govern our state. However, I’m an expert on my own experiences in the public school system.

I also know there are thousands of people who feel like me in Washington. We have stories. We have experiences. We are experts.

On January 12th, 2013 we are hosting an advocacy training at Highline Community College. Join the League of Education Voters for our 3rd annual advocacy training: Access, Equity and Excellence. You can register here or send me an e-mail: maggie@educationvoters.org.

In the meantime, tell LEV why you’re an advocate. Send us a tweet (use the #LEVActivistTraining hashtag), stop by our Facebook or reply to this post below. Tell us and everyone else why you advocate for better public schools in Washington and we’ll see you January 12th!

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