News & Stories

Interested in learning more about how Bridge to College transition courses help students prepare for success in college and career? Follow these links to announcements, updates, and regional news stories on the program:

Anacortes HS Bridge to College English Class Field Trip

Just got a note from Michele Feist at Anacortes High School about an exciting event that she organized for her Bridge to College English class (see photo above), and with her permission, I’ve copied it here: “On February 10th 17 students from Anacortes High School and Cap Sante High School experienced “Try-A-Trade” day at Bellingham Technical College in Bellingham. This field trip, funded by Soroptimist… [Read more]

How 5 States are Boosting College Readiness in 12th Grade

Washington’s Bridge courses are featured in a new story posted to the Fordham Institute’s EdExcellence blog, along with courses from California, Delaware, Hawai’i, and West Virginia. Fordham recently hosted a meeting on “pre-medial education” as a way of focusing attention on the issue of student completion of college gateway courses and how secondary/post-secondary collaborations can improve student success in the transition from high school to… [Read more]

Applications for 2016-17 Bridge to College Schools Ready to Go!

We are pleased to announce that we have opened the application process for school districts interested in offering the Bridge to College Math and/or English courses during the 2016-17 school year, thanks to our continued funding from the College Spark Foundation. All schools hoping to offer the Bridge to College courses in 2016-17 need to apply in the OSPI iGrants system (Form Package 719). Applications will… [Read more]

The Smarter Balanced Assessment and “Testing” Time in School

Recently, following the release of a report by The Council of Great City Schools regarding the amount of time schools devote to administering various tests to K-12 students, the Obama administration issued guidance and a plan of action for helping states and school districts identify and eliminate redundant and ineffective testing in K-12 schools. Although in even the most-tested grade (8th) the data indicated that students spend only… [Read more]

Communicating about Smarter Balanced Scores

Moving into the 2015-16 school year states, including Washington, are releasing publicly their Smarter Balanced scores and developing ways to communicate clearly to students, parents and the general public about what the scores mean. The overall results in Washington were encouraging given that it’s the first operational year of a new and more rigorous assessment; the percentage of students who took the assessments meeting standard was consistently close… [Read more]