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2013-14 Implementation

Academic Acceleration

Academic Acceleration works by automatically enrolling every high school student who qualifies based on state tests into more rigorous classes, including Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) classes that offer college credit.

Federal Way Schools expanded access to advanced classes in 2010, state legislation with grant funding to encourage the policy passed in 2013 and Tacoma will be implementing it in the 2014-15 school year.

Thanks to our advocacy for an Academic Acceleration policy at both the state and school district levels, we expect that approximately 1,000 more students a year will take advanced courses in Tacoma.

With each mid-size district that adopts the policy there is the potential for hundreds more students to get into advanced courses and be better prepared for college.

Public Charter Schools

Eight public charter school applications were approved this year.  The first public charter school in Washington will be First Place, an established non-profit that is converting into a K-5 charter school to serve approximately 100 homeless students in Seattle, beginning in the 2014-15 school year. The remaining seven will open in the 2015-16 school year.

  • 3 charter schools will open in Tacoma (Green Dot, Olympus, & SOAR)
  • 2 charter schools will open in Seattle (First Place and Sierra)
  • 1 in Spokane (PRIDE); 1 in Kent (Excel); 1 in Highline (Rainier)

Learn more about public charter schools here.

Computer Science

In the 2013 legislative session, Stand for Children was instrumental in passing a law to allow AP computer science classes to court toward high school graduation requirements.

Since then, the number of Washington students taking the AP Computer Science exam has tripled -- from 204 students in 2012 to 711 students in 2013!

Common Core

The Common Core sets goals for what K-12 students should know and be able to do at each grade level. Local teachers still have the freedom to determine their own curriculum and how to best help students meet the standards, but the Common Core ensures that we are holding all students to the same high expectations. 

To provide accurate information to parents about the Common Core, Stand for Children partnered with the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI), the WEA teachers union, Washington STEM, the Association of Washington School Principals and others in the Ready Washington coalition.

Visit www.ReadyWA.org to see videos and read blog posts from teachers – like 2013 National Teacher of the Year Jeff Charbonneau and 2014 Washington State Teacher of the Year Katie Brown – about what the Common Core standards look like in the classroom.

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