Career, Life, & College Readiness
At its regular meeting on May 28, 2019, the Board adopted resolution 19-04, Indicators for Life, Career, & College Readiness. This adoption was preceded, on April 22, 2019, by an in-depth work study session on the topic. Resolution 19-04 laid out the rationale for the adoption:
WOODLAND PUBLIC SCHOOLS BOARD OF DIRECTORS
WHEREAS Woodland Public Schools' vision is that each child obtain an excellent education that prepares them for responsible citizenship and a future of adaptability and success in life and their chosen endeavors; and,
WHEREAS schools have a profound responsibility to ensure that our nation’s 50 million students are life-ready, career-ready, and college-ready; and,
WHEREAS completion of high school graduation requirements and standardized test scores, which have traditionally been used as the key indicators of college and career readiness, fail to portray a comprehensive picture of student potential; and,
WHEREAS Students are engaged in a world that was hard to imagine a decade ago and need to be prepared with 21st-century skills to participate in a future that they will help create; and,
WHEREAS a growing body of evidence supports the growing economic divide between individuals who complete post-high school education and/or training and those who only have a high school diploma; and,
WHEREAS according to multiple current research sources there are performance metrics that correlate with student success in college and career-related training beyond high school; and,
WHEREAS there are additional life skills, soft-skills, technical skills, dispositions, and knowledge that are important to success in life, career, and college; and,
WHEREAS school and district leadership have developed a set of research-based metrics and indicators to more authentically and appropriately assess and demonstrate high school graduates’ readiness to survive and thrive in their futures; and
WHEREAS the new readiness indicators reflect and give credibility to many of Woodland Public School’s successful programs, including Career and Technical Education programs
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Woodland Public School District #404 Board of Directors] adopt the proposed framework of multiple readiness indicators to more accurately assess students’ readiness to succeed in life, career, and college.
On March 9, 2020, the board held their last pre-pandemic workshop on the topic of Career, College, & Life. The focus of that workshop was to engage with the board on the work that we had thus far been doing to make the vision become a reality.
During this difficult year, progress toward our goals has slowed, but work has been significant. Assistant Superintendent Asha Riley and HS Principal Phil Pearson will present the status of the initiative, work done over the last year to move it forward, and next steps.