A reader in Puyallup attended one of the public presentations last month by Washington Learns, the governor’s 18-month study of the state’s K12-to-college education system. She recalled seeing a slide that showed how poorly U.S. students perform compared to their international counterparts. Despite many phone calls, she couldn’t find anyone who knew the source of that data.
I’m on the case, I e-mailed her. A message to Ann Daley, the director of Washington Learns, quickly turned up the PowerPoint slides Daley used in the local presentation. Even better, Daley sent along a more detailed, footnoted report WL researchers gave the WL steering committee. And yep, our kids do OK in elementary school, but by the time they get to high school they lag well behind their international peers.
Click here for Daley’s presentation, and here for the detailed report. Daley told me that although WL has issued its big report, it’s not going to fold its tent. There’s more work to do next year. We may get an oped piece explaining where Washington Learns is headed next.