The purpose of the Puget Sound Coalition for College and Career Readiness is to build a seamless transition from high school to college to career across the Puget Sound area. Our shared vision is to increase both the number and percentage of students that graduate from high school, enroll and persist in college and graduate from higher education able to secure a family wage job and/or career path.
Measures of Progress:
- Increase high school graduation rates
- Increase college going and persistence rates
- Decrease number of students having to take non-credit bearing college courses
- Increase college graduation and job placement rates with particular attention to family wage jobs.
Proposed 2013-15 Outcomes and Milestones
I.Coalition members maximize benefit of the Common Core Standards (CCS) and Smarter Balanced (SB) Assessment in order to foster a smooth and productive transition to postsecondary work.
a.Coalition members identify opportunities and challenges associated with current assessment practices across the region, defining transitional practices necessary for use of SB assessment.
b.Coalition members identify anticipated opportunities and challenges associated with implementation through reviewing data about the SB assessment pilots across Washington.
c.Coalition members support strategies in Washington Student Achievement Council’s (WSAC) Road Map ten-year plan.
II.Coalition members provide advice, support and implementation sites to promote success of regional Opportunity Youth Initiative and PSESD-United Way of King County Open Doors demonstration project.
a.Coalition members contribute to design of regional inventory and asset mapping, and identify critical staff and programs for interviews and site visits.
b.Coalition members identify pilot projects to access 1418 resources and share timelines for implementation.
c.Coalition members support PSESD-United Way of King County Open Doors demonstration project.
III.Coalition members contribute to policy and practice framework for leveraging the Washington State College Bound (CBS) in order to enhance students’ high school graduation, college persistence and college graduation rates.
a.Coalition members support WSAC and CSF partnership to enhance the CBS sign-up campaign, services for CBS-enrolled students, data systems and legislation focused on improving system of supports for CBS-enrolled students.
b.Coalition Director inventories regional practices aimed at supporting College Bound-enrolled students, synthesizing lessons learned for Coalition members.
c.Coalition Director inventories lessons learned from other states and municipalities (e.g., Indiana, Oklahoma, Kalamazoo and Pittsburgh) about practices supporting students participating in early commitment scholarship programs, synthesizing lessons learned for Coalition members.
IV.Coalition members define and fulfill key roles and responsibilities associated with service in order to both improve high school graduation, and postsecondary enrollment, persistence and completion rates across the region.
a.Coalition rebranding is complete in order to better reflect Coalition scope of work.
b.Coalition members develop and approve key governance documents.
c.Coalition members provide leadership on range of efforts to implement Coalition work plan.
V.Coalition members actively support collective action efforts to cultivate and nurture a college going culture.
a.Coalition Director participates actively in Road Map partners, Seattle College Access Network (SCAN), South King County College Access Network (SKCAN), and Road Map to College meetings, soliciting input about needed support from Coalition leaders.
b.Coalition Director shares actionable lessons from Race to the Top District (RTT-D) grant Stay Strong work.
c.Coalition Director plays a leadership role in development and presentation of region-wide events to build college going culture.
d.Coalition members support implementation of the phase two Early Warning Indicators Project.
e.Lessons learned about Coalition work and the transition to postsecondary settings are disseminated at conferences and to the media.