April 9, 2018 Policy Brief

A summary for those closely following the debate.

The Horizon: Key Dates

  • Friday, May 18th: Election Filing Deadline
  • July 20th: Ballots Mailed
  • August 7th: Primary Election
  • October 19th: Ballots Mailed
  • November 6th: General Election


  • School districts across the state begin administering the Smarter Balanced assessments this month. In recent years, only half of third graders in Washington met the state standard for the English Language Arts assessment (OSPI State Report Card)
  • Research shows that children who read outside of school improve their comprehension and foundational literacy skills. Stand’s organizing teams in Tacoma and Spokane are working with local libraries and organizations to establish Summer Reading Clubs that support families in building a culture of reading.

(Our latest blog, Life Skill: Literacy, explores the state of reading in Washington and some key steps families can take to support their children.)

Key Numbers 

  • Only 53% of third-graders met the standard on last year’s English Language Arts state assessment (OSPI).
  • A student who isn’t reading on-level by the end of third grade is four times more likely not to graduate high school on time (Annie E. Casey Foundation).

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What We're Reading

Where ‘learning to read’ becomes ‘reading to learn’ – Walla-Walla Union-Bulletin

Disparities persist in school discipline, says government watchdog - NPRed

Mountain View High raises bar for students in on-level courses – The Columbian


Thank you for reading our summary. Please share any questions or feedback you may have with Katie Gustainis, kgustainis@stand.org.

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