Guiding Students on the Path to Achieving Big Dreams

More than 740,000 job openings are coming to Washington state. Most will be filled by workers who have a post-high school credential, such as a degree, apprenticeship, or certificate. Washington students have questions about how they can best set themselves up for success after high school. Planning and taking action through middle and high school will support students on their path to fulfilling their career dreams.

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High School and Beyond Planning 101

I’m a parent or guardian. How should I be involved with my child’s Plan process?

Regularly reviewing and updating the Plan with your child throughout middle and high school is one step you can take. Check in with your student about their Plan regularly – consider asking if you can see it and what your child is doing now to meet their goals. You can also ask your student’s teachers and counselor for more information.

Watch this short video from Ready Washington to learn more, and visit their website at www.readywa.org/beyond for information in English and Spanish.

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Increasing Postsecondary Enrollment: West Valley SD Case Study

More than 9 in 10 students in Spokane’s West Valley School District graduate on time. Six in 10 enroll directly in postsecondary education. West Valley is outpacing the state as a whole on both metrics, and much of that success can be attributed to rigorous expectations paired with robust guidance. See where West Valley wins in our latest ‘Credential is Essential’ district case study.

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“High School is Just the Beginning.” Q&A With Fanuel Abraha

Fanuel Abraha is a senior at Edmonds-Woodway High School. He also has big dreams and a clear plan to achieve those dreams. Fanuel was featured in our latest #CredentialEssential campaign video about the success of the Edmonds School District in enrolling students into education and training programs after high school.

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Increasing Postsecondary Enrollment: Edmonds SD Case Study

High school students in Edmonds School District graduate at a higher rate than their peers statewide. They also enroll in post-high school education at much higher rates. Targeted supports, guidance, and partnerships are helping to drive this out-sized success. Learn more about where Edmonds SD excels in a new case study as part of our Credential is Essential series.

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Postsecondary Enrollment in Edmonds: The Credential is Essential

High school students in the Edmonds School District graduate at a higher rate than their peers statewide. They also enroll in post-high school education at much higher rates. What is driving the district’s outsized success?

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24-credit diploma provides opportunity, flexibility

Washington’s middle and high school students will graduate into an economy full of opportunity, with more than 740,000 job openings coming in the next five years. A key component of a meaningful diploma is the 24-credit graduation requirement.

It is intended to ensure all students take a high school course of study that will prepare them for education beyond high school and their future careers.

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Science Education in WA: Learning with ‘Hands and Minds’

Walk into a science classroom at Cedarcrest Middle School in Marysville, and you will see hands-on, minds-on learning. Exploring concepts such as gravity, light, and energy happens with investigative projects where students ask questions, experiment, process with their classmates, and iterate.

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Parent Voices: “Education Opens Doors”

Why do education and high expectations matter to Washington parents?

“Freedom of education opens doors in the future,” said Brandon, a Kent School District parent.

“Education and lifelong learning are going to get you where you really want to go,” said Christina, a North Thurston School District parent.

“It’s important to me that my kids get a quality education because it’s setting them up for success with the rest of their life,” said Julie, a parent in the Kent School District.

These are just a few of the reasons that parents shared for placing a high value on education for their students.

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Mandy Manning: “Believe in Yourself”

Washington’s 2018 Teacher of the Year Mandy Manning has dedicated her life to helping her students develop confidence, so they can be successful long after high school. Ready Washington’s latest Teacher of the Year video captures Manning’s work as an English and math teacher at the Newcomer Center at Spokane’s Ferris High School.

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