Goal Setting for Statewide Indicators of Educational System Health
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.
Section 2 establishes responsibilities for SBE which must be met by December 1, 2013:
“The state board of education, with assistance from the office of the superintendent of
public instruction, the workforce training and education coordinating board, the
educational opportunity gap oversight and accountability committee, and the student
achievement council, shall establish a process for identifying realistic but
challenging system-wide performance goals and measurements, if necessary, for
each of the indicators established in subsection (1)…. the initial report establishing
baseline values and initial goals shall be delivered to the education committees of the
legislature by December 1, 2013.”
It further states that:
“If the educational system is not on target to meet the performance goals on any
individual indicator, the report must recommend evidence-based reforms intended to
improve student achievement in that area.”
The law requires the board to establish initial system goals by December 2013, and issue a report every other year (even-number years) on the status of those goals.
The system indicators are:
- WaKIDS -- The percentage of students demonstrating the characteristics of
entering kindergartners in all six areas identified by the Washington Kindergarten
Inventory of Developing Skills administered in accordance with RCW
- 4th Grade Reading -- The percentage of students meeting the standard on the
fourth grade statewide reading assessment administered in accordance with
- 8th Grade Math -- The percentage of students meeting the standard on the
eighth grade statewide mathematics assessment administered in accordance
with RCW 28A.655.070;
- Graduation Rate -- The four-year cohort high school graduation rate;
- Post-secondary Education, Training, or Employment -- The percentage of
high school graduates who during the second quarter after graduation are either
enrolled in postsecondary education or training or are employed, and the
percentage during the fourth quarter after graduation who are either enrolled in
postsecondary education or training or are employed; and
- Remediation -- The percentage of students enrolled in precollege or remedial
courses in college.
The State Board of Education has been working on development of the goals with representatives from:
- Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction
- Workforce Training & Education Coordinating Board
- Educational Opportunity Gap Oversight & Accountability Committee
- Student Achievement Council
- Department of Early Learning
- State Board for Community & Technical Colleges
Now, we are soliciting your feedback on three important questions:
- What are realistic but challenging goals?
- What policy and practice changes do we need to consider?
- What indicators do you think are important that weren't included in the law?
Please contact us with your comments and questions by November 15, via:
Mail: 600 Washington Street SE,
P.O. Box 47206,
Olympia, WA 98504