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Adolescent Literacy’s Role In Preparing Students For College And Career Readiness And STEM Success

Event:


SPEAKERS

The Honorable Patty Murray, United States Senate
Mr. Bob Craves, Cofounder, Chair, and CEO, College Success Foundation
Mr. Randy Dorn, State Superintendent, Washington Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction
Dr. Maria Goodloe-Johnson, Superintendent, Seattle Public Schools
Mr. Steve Mullin, President, Washington Roundtable
Dr. Judy Nichols Mitchell, Dean and Professor, Washington State University College of Education
Dr. Cynthia B. Schmeiser, President and Chief Operating Officer, Education Division, ACT
Governor Bob Wise, President, Alliance for Excellent Education

It was a packed house on April 10 at the Seattle Public Library for a special one-day forum co-sponsored by the Alliance for Excellent Education and the College Success Foundation. Over one hundred educators, policymakers, and business and community leaders gathered to learn more about the critical role that adolescent literacy plays in preparing students for college and career readiness and success in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) fields.

Bob Wise, president of the Alliance for Excellent Education, opened the forum with a discussion on the high school dropout crisis facing the nation and the failure of high schools to adequately prepare students for postsecondary success. Bob Craves, CEO and chair of the College Success Foundation, described the foundation’s work to make the dream of postsecondary success a reality for those students not able to afford college. To date, the College Success Foundation has provided 1,300 low-income high school graduates with the money to attend college after graduation. Both Govenor Wise and Mr. Craves praised the leadership that Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) has shown on adolescent literacy, high school reform, and college access.

Senator Murray stressed the need to invest in education in order to get the economy back on track long-term. She also emphasized the need for all students to get some education beyond high school in order to succeed in the new global economy. Senator Murray emphasized the important role that literacy plays in ensuring college and work readiness and the need for the federal government to work as a partner in supporting students. The Senator announced that she would soon be introducing a comprehensive literacy bill that would provide federal support for district- and state-led comprehensive literacy plans. She noted that the bill would incorporate learning from past experience with Early Reading First, Reading First, and the Striving Readers pilot project to provide the needed continuum of literacy support to students.

Dr. Cynthia Schmeiser presented the latest research from ACT on the role of literacy in college readiness and success. She noted that their research shows that only four out of ten middle schools students are on track to be college and career ready when they leave high school. She defined “college ready” as a student having a high likelihood of passing a credit-bearing, college-entry social science course. She noted that their research suggests that the same level of preparation is required for a student to succeed in a workforce training program for a job that pays a living wage. Dr. Schmeiser also reported that ACT’s research suggests that middle school students who are on target to be college ready in reading are substantially more likely to be college ready in English, math, and science and that students who are NOT on track to be college ready in reading are significantly less likely to be on track in reading, math, and science. Dr. Schmeiser recommended that state standards be revised to articulate the essential expectations that all students should meet and to align those standards with college and career readiness. She also urged greater federal support for schools to implement literacy intervention programs.

A distinguished panel provided state, local, business, and higher education perspectives on the need for stronger reading skills, the link between literacy and success in college and careers, particularly STEM fields and efforts underway in Washington State to support this instruction. Panelists included Randy Dorn, Washington State superintendent; Maria Goodloe-Johnson, superintendent of Seattle Public Schools; Steve Mullin, president of the Washington Roundtable; and Judy Nichols Mitchell, dean and professor of the Washington State University College of Education.

MATERIALS from the event:

EVENT-DAY AGENDA

Speaker Biographies 
Washington State Adolescent Literacy Overview 

Impact of Literacy on College and Career Readiness and STEM Success, a PPT by ACT 
Washington High Schools State Card 

AUDIO and VIDEO from the event:

041009SenatorMurrayWelcome and Opening Remarks audioAudio* and videoVideo (Flash popup)

Governor Bob Wise, President, Alliance for Excellent Education
Mr. Bob Craves, Chair and CEO, College Success Foundation
The Honorable Patty Murray, United States Senate

 

 

 


041009CSchmeiserGrpPanel 1  audioAudio* and videoVideo (Flash popup)
Role of Literacy in College- and Career-Readiness and STEM Success

Dr. Cynthia B. Schmeiser, President and Chief Operating Officer, Education Division, ACT

 

 

 

 

 

041009BobWiseQAPanel 2 and Closing Remarks  audioAudio* and videoVideo (Flash popup)
Growing State and District Commitment to Adolescent Literacy

Governor Bob Wise, Alliance for Excellent Education (Moderator)
Dr. Maria Goodloe-Johnson, Superintendent, Seattle Public Schools
Mr. Randy Dorn, State Superintendent, Washington Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction
Mr. Steve Mullin, President, Washington Roundtable
Dr. Judy Nichols Mitchell, Dean and Professor, Washington State University College of Education

Closing Remarks by Governor Bob Wise and Mr. Bob Craves

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Supplemental Materials:

Handout: Missing Middle Chart – FY 2009 
Handout:
 Adolescent Literacy 

Handout:
 Comprehensive Literacy Bill Summary

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