FOR K-12 SUPERINTENDENTS AND COMMUNITY AND TECHNICAL COLLEGE PRESIDENTS
K-12: Auburn Federal Way|Highline| Kent |Puget Sound ESD| Renton Seattle |Shoreline |Tukwila
Community and Technical Colleges: Bellevue| Green River| North Seattle |Renton Technical| Seattle Central| Shoreline |South Seattle
Contributing Partners: University of Washington| Community Center for Education Results| Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction
The purpose of the Puget Sound College and Career Readiness Regional Compact is to build a seamless transition from high school to college to career across the Puget Sound area.
We believe that postsecondary education is the best pathway out of poverty and that all students should have equitable access to pursue this opportunity. We are committed over the long term to lead for systemic change to ensure students’ college and career readiness and success.
We pledge to increase the number of students earning high school diplomas, who are well-prepared for college, career, and their lives after the twelfth grade. We promise to create an environment that supports their attainment of a postsecondary credential for those that go to our local community and technical colleges.
We are committed to collective action across the K-12 and postsecondary sectors to address educational opportunity gaps in measures of progress associated with Road Map Project college and career readiness targets:
- Increase high school graduation rates;
- Increase college going and persistence rates;
- Decrease the number of students having to take developmental college courses; and
- Increase college completion with attention to family wage jobs.
- We use a racial equity lens to craft and implement policies and programs to remove barriers to student success.
- We nurture strong relationships across K-12 and postsecondary systems to facilitate partnerships to improve postsecondary transitions for students across the full range of students’ strengths and needs.
- We communicate strategically to promote regional opportunities and activities supporting students’ postsecondary transitions and completions.
- We learn purposefully about strengths, challenges and opportunities in secondary and postsecondary education systems and share our best and promising practices.
- We measure the impact of our work and utilize data to adjust practice as needed.
Puget Sound College & Career Network (PSCCN) Strategies
We build regional capacity to increase postsecondary readiness through providing the following:
- Professional learning and resources;
- Coaching and technical assistance;
- Pilot support and innovation;
- Systems alignment, coordination and Partnership Development; and
- Recognizing and removing systemic barriers.
Both Districts and Colleges
- We will develop and implement systems of support for students enrolled in the College Bound Scholarship, and other students who identify as college-bound but may not have signed up, including:
- Create systems to ensure that students complete the Washington Student Achievement Council minimum requirements for four-year college enrollment.
- Strongly encourage students to take a math class during their senior year of high school that will help them be successful in their postsecondary plans.
- Designate staff at high schools and colleges to ensure that students are on track to successfully transition to and/or complete a postsecondary degree or certificate.
- Provide these supports to refugees, immigrants and undocumented students who may not have signed up for the College Bound Scholarship.
- We will support advocacy to ensure funding for all students eligible for the College Bound Scholarship and the State Need Grant.
- We will provide supports for ELL students including English language development and college readiness, especially for newcomers who arrive at/after age 14+.
- We will promote the Seal of Biliteracy as a prestigious accomplishment at the high school level
- We will value World Language competency-based credits in the postsecondary setting as an asset by providing recognition, credit or course placement.
- We will employ ongoing cultural competence professional development to ensure our institutions are welcoming to all and that our teachers, counselors and advisors practice cultural competence in their work.
- We will support the development and implementation of reengagement programming for opportunity youth (16-24 year olds who are not connected to school or work) that links and integrates high school completion with postsecondary education.
- We work in partnership with community–based college access providers to sponsor regional communications, professional development, and events to address institutional barriers to smooth transitions to postsecondary.
- We advocate for and promote the use of high quality and timely data in order to inform decision-making and action.
- We will improve district systems such as student scheduling and academic assistance to broaden access and deepen student support in rigorous courses (e.g., Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, Cambridge, College in the High School, Running Start, and Career and Technical Preparatory Courses).
- We will implement practices to strengthen students’ senior year, including promotion of clear postsecondary course pathways, strong senior year course options, advising a challenging senior year during course scheduling, and providing transitional courses (designed for students not achieving standard on the Smarter Balanced Assessment.
- We will implement Early Warning Indicator Systems to provide interventions when students are at risk of not completing high school.
- We will provide meaningful work-based experiences so students may make connections between postsecondary training and their professional aspirations
- We will implement policies and practices allowing for multiple measures for course placement in college math and English, including Smarter Balanced Assessment, transcript use, SAT, and ACT.
- We will enhance developmental education to increase the proportions of students completing the developmental education sequence, and going on to complete college.
- We will implement financial aid practices (e.g., the Financial Aid Shopping Sheet) to ensure clear communication about student awards.
- We will adopt and expand access to effective strategies promoting the persistence and completion of recent high school graduates, and reengaged youth ages 16-24 including mandatory orientation and advising for first-time college students.
Members Roles and Responsibilities
- We actively participate in Coalition and PSCCN meetings.
- We identify members of our leadership team to participate in Coalition meetings if we are unable to attend.
- We serve on Coalition and PSCCN task forces focused on completing special projects.
- We share key resources and discussions with colleagues in district, college or organization.
- We hold each other accountable to this Compact and invite community groups and representatives to our meetings to strengthen accountability