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:

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]

Launching the Bridge to College Courses in Math and English

[Dawn Draus, Lower Columbia College, and Deb Gribskov, Kelso School District, co-leading a session for a group of math teachers at the August training event] Close to 275 teachers gathered in Wenatchee August 5 through 7 to meet with the Bridge to College project leadership and Course Trainers and get an in-depth introduction to the course materials in preparation for teaching the courses starting this… [Read more]

Bridge to College offers alternative for Federal Way seniors

Next year, Federal Way Public Schools will offer math and English Language Arts classes for high school seniors who need to ramp up their skills in order to get into and succeed in college. Bridge to College” courses will be offered for seniors at Todd Beamer High School, Decatur High School and Truman High School next fall, thanks to a grant from the Office of… [Read more]

Op-Ed – Testing can tell if students need help before college and career

This story has been modified since its initial publication. The outlook for opportunities for highly skilled workers in Washington state is as strong as ever. Currently there are 25,000 unfilled jobs for highly skilled workers — and that number is projected to grow to 50,000 by 2017. To ensure all students are ready for success and take advantage of these opportunities, Washington’s K-12 learning standards… [Read more]

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.