December 8, 2017 Policy Brief

Our policy brief will feature Stand’s three critical policy priorities for 2018 for the next 2 weeks before returning to regular content in the new year. Our goal is to ensure every kid in Washington graduates from high school career or college ready.

December 1: Academic Acceleration
December 8: Early Warning Systems

December 15: Early Literacy
December 22: 2017 highlights 

The Horizon: Key Dates

  • December 8: Bill prefiling period for 2018 begins
  • January 8: First day of 2018 Legislative Session
  • February 2: Policy Commmittee Bill Cut-Off

Policy Priority #2 – Early Warning systems - Helping students now so that they will succeed later

Early Warning Systems refer to programs schools can adopt to identify students who are at risk of dropping out of school. By monitoring the ABCs of student performance, schools can preventatively reach out to students who show signs of trouble and provide support to get them moving forward. A negative indicator in any of the ABCs can signal that a student is struggling with health, family or other issues that distract them from their studies, among other things.

  • Attendance – there is a strong relationship between how frequently a student misses school and their probability of graduating in four years.
  • Behavior – suspensions and/or other incidents can indicate a student is disengaged with the school environment for a myriad of reasons.
  • Course performance – class failures and a sagging grade point average correlate with a student’s probability of graduating in four years.

Key Numbers 

  • 2/3 of available jobs in the nation in 2018 will require at least some college education. 3/4 of those will require a bachelor’s degree or higher.
  • 1/2 of all students who drop out do so for an “other or unknown reason.” 
  • 17% of Washington’s students miss 18 day or more of school each year.
  • 1/9 students who would've graduated high school in the 2015-16 school year dropped out (9,511 students).

Social Media Chatter

@AP: Charter schools, formed to offer a better alternative to failing public schools, are among the nation’s most segregated. https://t.co/JKpW0J4hFf

What We're Reading

U.S. schoolchildren tumble in international reading exam rankings, worrying educators – Washington Post

“The international exam was given to 4,400 U.S. fourth-graders who composed a nationally representative sample. The United States was outscored by countries and school systems that typically score well on international assessments, with Russia, Singapore and Hong Kong topping the list. But it was also surpassed by Latvia, one of the poorest countries in the European Union. Meanwhile, Poland and Norway leapfrogged ahead of the United States.”

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

We look forward to hearing from you.


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