October 1, 2015
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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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The Investment Fund for Community-School Partnerships is gearing up to award $750,000 in new grants! We're also excited that a week of Discover U is just around the corner. We sponsored a course availability study on how to increase rigorous course taking for all students. Finally, some significant changes are on the way for the SAT and PSAT.  
$750,000 to be Invested by Fund for Community-School Partnerships

The Investment Fund for Community-School Partnerships will invest up to $750,000 more in new partnerships over the next two years! CBOs and schools/districts can apply in partnership together.

The Request for Information (RFI) is due November 10; up to five partnerships will be selected to develop more detailed project plans and receive technical assistance before final approval. If your school/district or CBO is thinking about applying, you should be meeting regularly to plan your submission. For further information, please see the Request for Information (RFI), related Criteria and Rubric, and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ). The contact for your more information is Matthew Gulbranson, mgulbranson@psesd.org, 425/917-7878.
Discover U Coming Up!
Discover U is coming up on October 12-16! It is a special week for the region's students, and in the past has built great excitement around college and career exploration across Seattle and South King County. As part of this regional event sponsored by the Road Map Project, students of all ages are encouraged to think about their interests and reflect on their futures.

This year, schools across the Road Map Region will engage in a range of activities to build a college-going culture. Staff will wear their college gear to schools, share stories about their education pathway, and about their career choice. Students in elementary, middle and high schools will engage in college and career exploration activities during the school day. Community-based organizations will also participate in DiscoverU and carry the message into after-school programming. For more information on related projects, please see our Stay Strong page. 

Course Availability Study Reveals Extent of Opportunity Gap
RTI International, Race to the Top's external evaluator, recently completed a study of Course Availability in South King County.  This study explores both the regional availability of rigorous high school courses and how building administrators describe the context of school, district and other factors that influence how high school courses are scheduled.

By analyzing both quantitative and qualitative data, RTI documents the extent of opportunity gaps in South King County high schools and strategies that building leaders employ in order to broaden access to AP, IB and Cambridge course offerings. For more information, please refer to the resource repository.  
Changes in SAT Help Students Stay Strong
Exciting changes are coming to the PSAT and SAT this year! The College Board assessments have been redesigned, with the goal being to make the assessments more aligned with what students need to know in college and for careers. The redesigned PSAT launches on October 14, and the redesigned SAT launches on March 2, 2016! Note that current seniors in the Class of 2016 will take the "old" SAT and these changes will not apply to them.

Among the many changes, the PSAT and SAT scoring will be aligned on the same scale, and for both a student's score can range between 400-1600 points. In addition, both assessments will feature more streamlined math and a greater focus on context, and the SAT will include a longer essay which will now be optional. Learn more about all the details at: https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/.

Another exciting new feature is that the College Board has partnered with Khan Academy to offer free high quality test preparation for everyone. With Khan Academy, students can import their PSAT score or take a diagnostic quiz to get personalized practice for the SAT! Students can choose easier or harder questions to practice, as well as watch instructional videos. This practice can support students in their academic classes as well as on the PSAT and SAT. Learn more at: https://www.khanacademy.org/sat.
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!
Stay Tuned!
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