FEDERAL WAY, Wash.—The Federal Way School Board has passed a resolution supporting the Road Map Project’s goal of dramatically improving student achievement from cradle to college and career in South Seattle and South King County.
The Road Map Project is a regional initiative that aims to double the number of students who are on track to graduate from college or earn a career credential by 2020 and close achievement gaps. The resolution supporting the goal was passed at the school board’s June 26 meeting.
Federal Way School Board President Tony Moore praised the data that is generated and disseminated across the region as part of the Road Map Project. The data, which includes a wide array of indicators of student success, provides a way for educational stakeholders to measure progress over time.
“The work of the Road Map Project is a new approach. It’s a collaborative tool for all the districts to wield,” Moore said. “We’re committed to doing better—and it starts with looking at what we can improve. We have made significant gains with information from the Road Map Project. We’ve looked at it and let it shape our conversations. The Road Map Project presses us to do better.”
The approved resolution states:
WHEREAS, the young people growing up in South King County and South Seattle deserve the best possible education; and
WHEREAS, the Puget Sound regional economy has become one of the nation’s most knowledge intensive- in that most jobs tend to require some form of postsecondary degree or credential; and
WHEREAS, the current data indicates that far too few of the students in the Road Map area are graduating from high school and earning postsecondary degrees – with the results being far worse for students of color; and
WHEREAS, the need to improve education starts early and require that parents, schools, cities, youth development groups and others who serve young people and families all work together on behalf of the regions’ children
THEREFORE, IT BE RESOLVED THAT the Federal Way School District endorses the Road Map cradle to college and career improvement goal;
The Road Map Project Goal is to double the number of students in South King County and South Seattle who are on track to graduate from college or earn a career credential by 2020. We are committed to nothing less than closing the unacceptable achievement gaps for low-income students and children of color and increasing achievement for all students from cradle to college and career.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Federal Way School District Board of Education commits to consider incorporating the Road Map interim progress targets as appropriate when it next revises its strategic plan, and to ask its administrators and staff to find ways to accelerate progress and collaborate with others sharing the Road Map Goal.
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