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High School to College Completion

The High School to College Completion Advisory Group is charged with monitoring and supporting action plan implementation to make sure it will achieve the Road Map Project’s college readiness and postsecondary completion goals. The group will provide ongoing feedback to lead implementers of major action plan strategies and the Race to the Top Stay Strong team, and identify course corrections and new strategies/opportunities as necessary.

In 2014, a Postsecondary Success Subcommittee was convened to further develop postsecondary persistence and completion components of the action plan.

Advisory Group Members

Deborah Wilds (Chair), Washington State Board of Education Board Member and community volunteer
Angela Griffin, Treehouse
Charlie Hoff, Community volunteer, Federal Way
Christopher Wells, University of Washington Office of Minority Affairs and Diversity
Hilary Loeb, Puget Sound Educational Service District
Kacey Guin, City of Seattle Office for Education
Jenee Myers Twitchell, UW Dream Project
Jennie Flaming, Puget Sound Educational Service District
Jessica Werner, Youth Development Executives of King County
Ken Thompson, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Kyla Lackie, Highline Public Schools
Linda Filley Bentler, Puget Sound Educational Service District
Mary Fertakis, Tukwila School District Board of Directors
Rachel Clements, College Spark Washington
Sue Byers, Island Wood
Willie Seals, Puget Sound Educational Service District

Staffer

Kirsten Avery, “Avery,” Community Center for Education Results
Contact: kavery@ccedresults.org / 206.838.6613

History

In June 2011, a High School to College Completion work group was convened to develop a strategic action plan to improve college readiness and postsecondary completion throughout the Road Map Project region. The seven Road Map Project school districts and four community colleges joined workforce development organizations, education funders and youth development organizations in actively participating in the planning process.

The initial action plan was developed over the course of a year using academic research and current data on students in the region. Vetted by more than 180 individuals, improvements were made as feedback was continuously incorporated. This initial plan, approved in 2012, led to an important focus on and investment in Early Warning Indicator Systems (EWIS) and college access supports that aim to ensure all students graduate from high school college and career-ready. Several strategies in the plan were also incorporated into the region’s $40 million Race to the Top grant, including counselor professional development, equitable access to college entrance exams and continued investment in rigorous course pathways.

In 2014, the High School to College Completion Advisory Group began to look at the progress made on indicators of student success and put a greater emphasis on advocacy. During summer and fall, the group revised the action plan. A Postsecondary Success Subcommittee was also convened during the fall to further develop postsecondary persistence and completion components of the action plan. In November, the 2014 version of the action plan was finalized and priorities were identified.