For Educators

Bridge to College transition courses offers high school students a unique way to gain the skills and knowledge they need to graduate ready for college. Participating in Bridge to College courses can save these students time and money by avoiding the need to take pre-college classes once they’ve entered college.


The Washington community and technical college system adopted a statewide agreement offering high school students the opportunity to be placed in college-level coursework based on their scores on the 11th grade Smarter Balanced Assessment.

As part of this agreement, the State Board of Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC) and the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) have led the development of Bridge to College transition courses in math and English language arts. These courses are designed to provide an additional route to college readiness for high school seniors who do not score at a college-ready level on the 11th grade assessments. In the absence of Smarter Balanced scores, students can still benefit from the courses; see question 33 in the FAQ list for additional information about who should take the courses if scores aren’t available.

Students who score in the level 2 range of the Smarter Balanced high school assessment can still qualify for automatic placement at college entry if they take the Bridge course and get a B or better grade.

Why adopt the Bridge to College transition courses at my school?

The placement agreement and transition courses will:

  • Allow more students to save both time and money by avoiding the need to take pre-college courses once they’ve entered college.
  • Allow more students to avoid placement testing in college.
  • Improve curricular alignment between K-12 and entry-level college courses in math and English.
  • Develop and sustain local college/school district partnerships and faculty/teacher collaboration.

Funding and professional development for teachers:

High schools implementing the course will receive funding from OSPI (through a grant from College Spark Washington). Participating schools are required to commit course teachers to participation in professional learning during the summer of 2017 and throughout the 2017-18 school year in order to support strong course implementation. State partners are providing a regionally-based professional learning structure for training and supporting teachers throughout the year, which begins this year with a two-day training in August 2017.

Questions on how to get Bridge to College transition courses at your school?

Proposals for funding for the 2017-18 school year were accepted until September 2017 through OSPI’s iGrants system. For more information contact Sally Zeiger Hanson, SBCTC Bridge Course Project Manager by emailing or calling 360.704.1055.

To review more specifics about what’s in the Bridge courses:

MATH: You can examine the material in Bridge to College Math by going to; use the course code “10465” and the enrollment key “math.”

ENGLISH: For the Bridge to College English course, see additional materials available on the “About Bridge to College” page on this web site.

More For Educators

To learn more specifics about this grant project and how to participate in the 2017-2018 school year.

Bridge to College Mathematics Course Overview

Bridge to College English Language Arts Course Overview.

Meet the Bridge to College course trainers.

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Questions on how to get Bridge to College transition courses at your school?

Contact Sally Zeiger Hanson
SBCTC, Bridge Course Project Manager
360-704-1005 |

Bridge to College Partners

  • partner college Spark
  • partner SBCTC
  • partner SOPIW

Bridge to College transition courses is the collaborative effort of three organizations committed to student learning and success in Washington state: The State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC), The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) and College Spark Washington.