Statewide Indicators of Educational System Health
Education System health

 


Staff Contact:
Andrew Parr

Goal Setting for Statewide Indicators of Educational System Health

In 2013, the Legislature passed Senate Bill 5491, which pertains to the establishment of goals for our educational system. The law uses the term “statewide indicators of educational health” to describe the metrics upon which system goals will be set.

Resources

Section 2 establishes responsibilities for SBE which must be met by December 1, 2013:

“The state board of education, with assistance from the office of the Superintendent of public instruction, the workforce training and education coordinating board, the educational opportunity gap oversight and accountability committee, and the student achievement council, shall establish a process for identifying realistic but challenging system-wide performance goals and measurements, if necessary, for each of the indicators established in subsection (1)…. the initial report establishing baseline values and initial goals shall be delivered to the education committees of the legislature by December 1, 2013.”

It further states that:

“If the educational system is not on target to meet the performance goals on any individual indicator, the report must recommend evidence-based reforms intended to improve student achievement in that area.”

The law requires the board to establish initial system goals by December 2013, and issue a report every other year (even-number years) on the status of those goals.

Reports

December 1, 2013, report to the Legislature


Indicators

The system indicators specified in the ESSB 5491 legislation are:

  1. Kindergarten Readiness -- The percentage of students demonstrating the characteristics of
    entering kindergartners in all six areas identified by the Washington Kindergarten
    Inventory of Developing Skills administered in accordance with RCW
    28A.655.080;

     
  2. 4th Grade Reading -- The percentage of students meeting the standard on the
    fourth grade statewide reading assessment administered in accordance with
    RCW 28A.655.070;

     
  3. 8th Grade Math -- The percentage of students meeting the standard on the
    eighth grade statewide mathematics assessment administered in accordance
    with RCW 28A.655.070;

     
  4. Graduation Rate -- The four-year cohort high school graduation rate;
     
  5. Post-secondary Education, Training, or Employment -- The percentage of
    high school graduates who during the second quarter after graduation are either
    enrolled in postsecondary education or training or are employed, and the
    percentage during the fourth quarter after graduation who are either enrolled in
    postsecondary education or training or are employed; and

     
  6. Remediation -- The percentage of students enrolled in precollege or remedial
    courses in college.

 

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