February 18, 2016
Issue No. 61
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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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We recently had the opportunity to share some of our Stay Strong successes at the Western Region College Board forum! A new Student Success Link has been launched to enhance the ability of community-based organizations to provide wrap-around services to Road Map students. In addition, our Data Transfer System project is also marking a significant milestone, as it hosts a convening for registrars on improving transfer processes for students.  
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Race to the Top! 
Sharing Our Stay Strong Successes!
At the Western Region College Board forum last week, Puget Sound ESD staff member Jennie Flaming, along with Foster High School College and Career Counselor Jenni Standard, gave a presentation about the impact of SAT school day. Jennie shared about the project, how it has been scaled throughout the region, and the impact it has had regionally, particularly on students of color. Other successes of our Stay Strong work were also highlighted, including significantly improved graduation rates in Tukwila, Highline and Rainier Beach High School in Seattle. Jenni shared the impact on Foster High School specifically, noting the change in school culture about the expectations of going to college. Congratulations to everyone involved!
Student Success Link Launched
Student data - information like attendance, course work and academic growth - is regularly collected by school districts to support student success, but rarely is this information available to community-based organization partners in a way that they can use to continue supporting the student beyond the school day. The right data, in the right format, used the right way provides after-school programs, tutoring centers, and mentoring efforts the information needed to better understand what's working in classrooms and youth programs and how to adjust support for each and every student as needed.

The Student Success Data Partnership, comprised of the Puget Sound ESD and its Road Map Project partners, is committed to using data to better understand which tools and techniques are improving student achievement and then taking the actions needed to ensure student success. Community organizations who are approved by the school district and have consent from a student's parent/guardian can access student-level data from schools through the Student Success Link in a secure, online environment. Schools have a vested interest in this as well. Sharing data allows schools to better coordinate with youth-serving organizations to help serve all students.

Built on top of the data infrastructure funded by Race to the Top, the project extends the regional student data transfer system to provide additional value for the Road Map Project. Student Success Link was released to a small group of pilot organizations and districts last week and will be available to other organizations and districts in the coming months. For more information, visit studentsuccesslink.org.
Race to the Top Registrar Convening
As part of our Data Transfer System project, we are hosting a Registrar Convening for Road Map districts on Friday, February 26, 2016 focused on "Improving the Transfer Process for Mobile Students." The goal is to understand the existing processes for student transfer and identify ways to improve that experience for mobile students-both by exploring systemic challenges that could be improved and by uncovering personal biases that might affect these workflows. The event also includes training on the new Race to the Top-funded Student Record Exchange modules in WSIPC's Skyward student information system.

The event is free and will cover the regional vision for student transfer and rapid student record exchange, as well as related training and problem-solving. District staff may register online (individually or as a team).
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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