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Federal-Level Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)

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  • The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) is the reauthorization of the federal government’s Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).
  • ESSA will be fully operational in the 2018-19 school year.
  • Read the Approved ESSA Consolidated Plan

Excerpts from the ESSA Consolidated Plan on Dual Credit

Our ESSA plan addresses opportunity gaps in the education system, and it works to promote equitable access and opportunity for all Washington students. Our responsibility as educators is to prepare every student – regardless of background, household income, or race/ethnicity – for post‐secondary aspirations, careers, and life. That means looking closely at a more comprehensive set of student success variables that go beyond standardized tests: chronic absenteeism, ninth‐grade class failure, and dual credit opportunities.

Washington will include these three measures serve as indicator of school quality or student success (SQSS). Each measure was subject to extensive review and feedback from stakeholders. These measures are currently a part of Washington’s performance management system for the purpose of reducing opportunity gaps and increasing equity in the K–12 system and are displayed on OSPIs website (OSPI Performance Indicators).

Dual Credit Participation: Washington will derive a measure of dual credit participation, as measured by the percentage of all enrolled students (grades 9–12) who complete a dual credit course. This includes Advanced Placement, Cambridge International, International Baccalaureate, College in the High School, CTE Dual Credit (formerly Tech Prep), and Running Start.

State-Level Legislation

College in the High School

Running Start

Conversion of College Credit to High School Credit (or "Postsecondary Credit Conversion")

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   Updated 3/13/2019

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