October 22, 2014
Issue No.35
In This Issue
Upcoming Events & Key Dates
10/25 Seattle EdSurge Tech for Schools Summit

11/5 Read To Succeed Work Team Meeting (Deep Dive 1)

11/13 Executive Committee Meeting

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About the Road Map Region Race to the Top Grant

In 2012, seven King County, Washington, school districts joined forces and won $40 million in federal Race to the Top funds over four years. The participating school districts are Auburn, Federal Way, Highline, Kent, Renton, Seattle and Tukwila. The districts dubbed themselves The Road Map District Consortium, a reference to their participation in the Road Map Project, a community-wide effort in South Seattle and South King County to drive major educational improvement with a focus on personalized learning.

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SAT School Day on October 15 was a great success, with over 20,000 students accessing the SAT and PSAT tests with the help of Race to the Top funding! There is other great news: students who score at a college-ready level on new Smarter Balanced assessments will now be directly placed in math and English classes at Washington community and state colleges. Seattle's Teacher Residency program was recently featured prominently at a US Capitol Hill briefing. Finally, the fifth annual Black and Brown Male Summit is taking place at Highline College on November 15.

Thousands of Students Take College Entrance Tests for Free with Race to the Top
On October 15th, about 20,000 students across the region took the PSAT and an estimated 7,000 participated in SAT school day! SAT school day is a new program made possible in the Road Map region by the Race to the Top grant, granting high school students the opportunity to take the SAT for free, at their home school, during the school day, with proctors who are their known school staff. This "home field advantage" creates a more positive testing environment and ensures that all students have the opportunity to take this important assessment which gives them the option of applying to a four year college, should they choose to do so. In the last two weeks of October, over 7,000 8th graders around the region are participating in ReadiStep, a preparatory SAT which shows students, parents and schools how on track they are for postsecondary education.

Smarter Balanced College-Ready Placement
A recent statewide agreement among Washington's community colleges, technical colleges and public four-year universities will enable Washington 11th graders who score at a college-ready level on the new Smarter Balanced assessment this spring to be automatically placed in college-level math and English language classes when they enroll.

The Smarter Balanced assessment measures whether 11th graders are on track to meet Common Core state standards. Students who score at the top two levels of the test will be placed directly into college-level math and English classes when they enter any Washington public two- or four-year college. The agreement means that the Smarter Balanced assessment will factor not just into whether students graduate from high school, but also whether they need to take remedial classes after entering college.

For more information, please see the Seattle Times Education Lab.

Seattle Teacher Residency Featured in Capitol Hill Briefing
On October 7, Senator Patty Murray and Representative Dave Reichert hosted a bipartisan, bicameral Capitol Hill briefing on profession-ready teacher prep.  The purpose of the briefing was to inform for Senate and House staffers on the disproportionate concentration of under-trained teachers in low-income and minority schools, the high turnover rate of educators in high poverty schools, and the potential of the teacher residency model to address these issues.
Two of the five invited panelists were from the Seattle Teacher Residency program, which is supported by $581,000 from Race to the Top's Project 1. Congratulations to Seattle for sharing its experience at this high-profile event!

Highline College Black and Brown Male Summit
The fifth annual Black and Brown Male Summit is taking place at Highline College on November 15.

The summit is a free event that is designed to empower and encourage young men of color in 9th thru 12th grade and college to excel in education and professionally. The summit's objectives are to help participants:  critique life, education and career social norms that inhibit young men of color from being recognized for success; highlight achievements that are made in spite of the obstacles faced; and contextualize their sense of self and value of self.

For more information and to register, please visit the event site.

Please visit the Race to the Top Website!
Please remember to share the Road Map Region Race to the Top website with friends and colleagues! We regularly update content and add new resources. To access the website click here!

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