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Governor Gregoire Creates P-20 Council to Hold State Government Accountable for Education Goals

For Immediate Release: May 21, 2007

OLYMPIA – Governor Chris Gregoire today signed an executive order that creates a council to hold state government accountable and measure progress toward ten long-term goals for a world-class education system, established by the Washington Learns committee.

“A world-class, learner-focused and seamless education system in Washington requires excellent communication and coordination between all levels of education,” said Governor Gregoire. “To achieve this, we need to be ambitious but we must also be honest about our progress and be accountable for the Washington Learns goals.”

The P - 20 Council will be responsible for driving progress toward the ten-year goals proposed by Washington Learns in November 2006. The council must also improve student success and transitions within and among the early learning, K-12 and higher education sectors and, beginning in 2008, issue an annual report to Washingtonians, Governor Gregoire and the Legislature.

Ten-Year Goals for a World-Class Education System:

  • Parents will be their children’s first and best teachers and will have the support they need to help their children “learn to learn” in their first years of life;
  • Families will have access to high quality, affordable child care and early education programs staffed by providers and teachers who are adequately trained and compensated;
  • All children will enter kindergarten healthy and emotionally, socially and cognitively ready to succeed in school and life;
  • All students will transition from third grade with the ability to read well and do basic math and with the ability to actively participate in a learning environment;
  • All students will transition from eighth grade with demonstrated ability in core academic subjects, citizenship skills and an initial plan for high school and beyond;
  • All students will graduate from high school with an international perspective and the skills to live, learn and work in a diverse state and a global economy;
  • All students will complete a rigorous high school course of study and demonstrate the abilities needed to enter a post-secondary education program or career path;
  • All Washingtonians will have access to affordable post-secondary education and workforce training opportunities that provide them with the knowledge and skills to thrive personally and professionally;
  • Washington will have a well-trained and educated workforce that meets the needs of our knowledge-based economy; and
  • Academic research will fuel discoveries and innovations that allow Washington businesses to compete globally.

The P-20 Council will be composed of:

  1. The Governor or the Governor’s designee;
  2. Superintendent of Public Instruction or designee;
  3. The director of the Department of Early Learning;
  4. The chair of the State Board of Education;
  5. The chair of the Professional Educator Standards Board;
  6. The chair of the Higher Education Coordinating Board;
  7. The chair of the Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board;
  8. The chair of the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges;
  9. The chair of the Council of Presidents;
  10. The chair of the Independent Colleges of Washington; and
  11. One representative of tribal education programs from a federally recognized tribe, appointed by the Governor.