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Partnership for Learning celebrates 20 years of education advocacy 

Education reform in Washington state has taken significant steps forward the past two decades. And Partnership for Learning, the education foundation of the Washington Roundtable, has been there to communicate the need for all students to be better prepared for college, work and life.

 

This year marks the 20th anniversary of Partnership for Learning, formed in 1994 to help support state efforts in communicating about K-12 public education reform efforts.  In 1993, state lawmakers, after several attempts, passed the Education Reform Act (House Bill 1209), which directed the development of the first statewide learning standards and accountability system.

 

"Without Partnership for Learning and the business community, (the implementation) of 1209 would've never happened," said State Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn, who was a key sponsor of the historic legislation as chair of the House Education Committee.

 

To celebrate the Partnership's 20th anniversary, we have created a special "20 Years of Success" section on our Website, which includes:

The Partnership's work has remained consistent throughout the years in helping the business community communicate the need for an education system more aligned to the demands of an active and engaged citizenry and to ongoing workforce needs.

 

A 2013 study by the Washington Roundtable and Partnership showed that there are currently 25,000 unfilled highly skilled jobs in our state, with that number projected to double by 2018. As a communicator, partner and authority, the Partnership works to advocate for positive change in our public schools so that all students graduate with the skills necessary to pursue post-secondary options.

 

"Our work in advocacy is to be a strong communicator," said Partnership for Learning Executive Director Jana Carlisle. "We work to build awareness and understanding, and then build public support and political will."

 

In 2014, the Partnership worked with key education partners, the State Board of Education and lawmakers to advocate for the passage of the 24-credit College and Career Ready Diploma. Recent work by the Partnership also includes public charter school implementation, teacher-and-principal evaluation and college- and career-ready learning standards.

 

The Partnership and the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) are currently leading a statewide public awareness campaign on Common Core State Standards (www.ReadyWA.org). The Partnership has a long history of working with OSPI on similar standards and assessment projects.

 

To learn more about the Partnership for Learning, please visit www.partnership4learning.org.

 

 

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Partnership for Learning, the education foundation of theWashington Roundtable, is a statewide nonprofit organization that communicates the need for all Washington students to graduate from high school better prepared for college, work and life. As a trusted source of information, Partnership for Learning makes complex education issues accessible. Learn more

  

ABOUT PARTNERSHIP FOR LEARNING
Partnership for Learning, the education foundation of the Washington Roundtable, is a statewide nonprofit organization that builds awareness, understanding and support for improving public education in Washington. As a trusted source of information, Partnership for Learning makes complex education issues accessible.