Statewide Indicators of Educational System Health
Our 2016 report shows that while Washington is improving on most key education performance indicators, the rate of improvement is not enough to achieve the ambitious goals the state has set for its students. It is appropriate to acknowledge the incremental successes we have achieved, but also important to retain a sense of urgency about the size and scope of our achievement and opportunity gaps, which present as early as age five, and persist in the data to age 25 and beyond. The Board has recommended a series of investments and reforms to address the areas where we have fallen short in our goals. Those recommendations include expanding access to high-quality early childhood education, expanding and funding professional learning for teachers, increasing access to high-quality expanded learning opportunities, and expanding supports and services that prepare students for postsecondary opportunities.
Board Reports on the Indicators
Background on the Indicators
In 2013, the Legislature passed Senate Bill 5491, which pertains to the establishment of goals for our educational system. The law
uses the term “statewide indicators of educational health” to describe the metrics upon which system goals will be set. The law requires the SBE to identify realistic but challenging system-wide performance goals and measurements with assistance from the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, the Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board, the Educational Opportunity Gap Oversight and Accountability Committee, and the Student Achievement Council.