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?
Most of the 740,000 job openings our state will have by 2021 will be filled by workers with postsecondary credentials, such as a bachelor’s degree, an associate’s degree, an industry certificate or an apprenticeship. People who like working with their hands and understanding how things work are a great fit for manufacturing jobs.
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.
The Ready Washington coalition has released two new infographics to help students plan their path through high school and beyond. Families are busy, and Ready WA wants to make it as easy as possible for them to get the information they need to support students’ educational success.
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.
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.
The word “college” means different things to different people.
For some, college means a 4-year experience at a large university. For others, it means pursuit of an associate’s degree or a credential earned through community or technical college.
Whatever college means for you, one thing is true: completing a post-high school education or training program and earning a credential is essential, be it a degree, apprenticeship, or certificate. Students with a credential will earn nearly $1 million more in their lifetime. They will also open the door to the more than 700,000 job openings coming to Washington state by 2021.
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.
A new tool from Ready Washington is designed by parents, for parents, to share information and resources about supporting students’ education.