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The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation – An Overview of What We Know Now in Washington State. May 11, 2006. THE PROBLEM. Only 32% of American high school students will graduate with skills they need to succeed in college or work.

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The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation – An Overview of What We Know Now in Washington State

May 11, 2006

the problem
THE PROBLEM

Only 32% of American high school students will graduate

with skills they need to succeed in college or work.

  • Only 1/4th of high school graduates are prepared for college-level classes in English, math, reading and science (ACT)
  • Only ½ half the graduates are prepared for college-level reading and 40 percent for math.
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OUR GOAL

All Students College Ready: Improve graduation and college readiness, especially for low income and minority students

  • Short-term outcome indicators:
  • Climate-3 R’s
  • Attendance
  • Progression rates
  • Achievement gains
grants overview
GRANTS OVERVIEW
  • Over $1 Billion in Education to date
  • Major investments in Chicago, New York City, California, Ohio, Texas, and Washington state
  • 1,700 new and re-designed schools in more than 40 states
  • Networks: e.g. New Schools Venture Fund, New Visions, KnowledgeWorks, NCLR, Early College High Schools, others
  • Gates Millennium Scholarships
3 level foundation strategy
3 LEVEL FOUNDATION STRATEGY
  • States
  • College ready policies
  • Support capacity

Public will & improved public policy,

80% College Ready Graduation Rate

  • Districts
  • Alignment and options
  • Effective services

Improvement momentum

Knowledge, evidence & tools

  • Schools
  • New school networks
  • Improvement models
structure and instruction
STRUCTURE AND INSTRUCTION

Powerful Teaching and Learning

Rigor

  • Conceptual Understanding
  • Problem Solving or Reasoning
  • Effective Communication

Relevance

  • Real-world Connections
  • Student Involvement in Crafting Assignments

Effective Schools

  • Common Focus
  • High Expectations
  • Personalization
  • Respect and Responsibility
  • Time to Collaborate
  • Performance Based
  • Technology as a Tool
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WEB SOURCES OF REPORTS

www.norc.org/gatesscholars

www.gatesfoundation.org/Education/ResearchAndEvaluation/

http://www.waedfoundation.org/

evaluation
EVALUATION
  • Launched in Spring 2001
  • AIR and SRI
  • Mandate: “Tell the story”
  • Three interlocking studies:
    • Implementation
    • Student outcomes
    • System outcomes
washington state achievers wsa
WASHINGTON STATE ACHIEVERS (WSA)

Middle School

Early College

Awareness

High School

Improvement

Prepares All

Students for

College

College Access

& Scholarships

All Students

College Ready

35+ Middle Schools

16 High Schools

+ Mentoring

500 Scholarship per year

+ Summer bridge

+ College mentor

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SUPPORT PROGRAMS FOR ACHIEVERS CANDIDATES AND SCHOLARS

  • College Awareness Curriculum
  • Achievers College Experience (ACE)
  • Higher Education Readiness Opportunity (HERO)
  • Community College Retention Activities
  • College-Readiness Campaign
  • Achievers Scholars Alumni Association
  • Additional Partnerships: WA State Legislation, HEC Board, GEAR-UP and UW Summer Honors Academy
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HIGH SCHOOL COLLEGE PREPARATION AND ATTENDANCE OUTCOMES FOR STUDENTS IN WSA AND NON-WSA SCHOOLS: 2000-2004
  • Initial difference between WSA and Non-WSA schools in 2000
  • Rates at achiever schools increasing
  • Rates at non-achiever schools stagnant or decreasing
progress to date
PROGRESSTO DATE:
  • Increases in percentage of students passing WASL math and reading exams;
  • Increase in number of students graduating with course requirements for admission to Washington four year colleges;
  • Increases in number of students taking the SAT/ACT
  • Increases in students enrolling in four year colleges
2006 washington integrated workplan
2006 WASHINGTON INTEGRATED WORKPLAN
  • Advance the state’s college/work-ready practices and policies
    • Support district and school improvement focused on the college-and work-ready agenda
    • Expand the Transition Math Project (TMP)
    • Utilize research, communications and community outreach efforts
  • Strengthen the state’s support system for low-performing schools and districts
    • Support OSPI’s district and high school improvement model
    • Build capacity in Educational Service Districts
  • Strengthen alternative high school models
  • Inform the school finance conversation
    • Help inform Washington Learns
    • Look for additional advocates on school finance issues