The English and Science College Readiness Project is an ongoing collaborative effort involving K-12 and higher education stakeholders intended to:
- Define what students must know and be able to do to succeed in entry-level, credit-bearing college coursework.
- Align requirements for college success with the learning outcomes emphasized in K-12 reform.
- Be relevant to today’s technology-driven workplace, which increasingly requires students to have education beyond high school and higher-level skills.
The 2004 Master Plan for Higher Education in Washington called for defining college readiness in several core subjects, including math, science, English, social studies, and the arts. In 2005, the state funded an effort to define college readiness in English and science. Phase 1 (2006-07) produced preliminary English and science college readiness definitions.
In Phase 2 (2008-09), pilot teams of teachers integrated the definitions in lesson plans and curricula in high school classrooms. Phase 3 (2010-11) provided statewide professional development.
For more information about the English and science college readiness project is available here.
In 2004, the state provided funds for the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges to develop college readiness standards in mathematics. This is being accomplished through the Transition Math Project, a collaborative effort involving state educational stakeholders funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.