June 20, 2013
Ready Washington Coalition Launches
Common Core State Standards Campaign
The ‘Real Learning for Real Life’ campaign provides clear, accurate information
for parents and the public about the new K-12 learning standards
SEATTLE – The Ready Washington coalition is launching a new public awareness campaign called “Real Learning for Real Life” to help parents and the public better understand the Common Core State Standards. The Common Core, K-12 learning standards in math and English language arts, will be fully implemented in Washington public schools at every grade level in the 2013-14 school year.
Ready Washington is a new coalition formed by state and local education agencies and associations, as well as community and education advocacy organizations, to promote the value of college- and career-ready standards. The coalition has launched a new Website (www.ReadyWA.org) and has developed materials explaining the Common Core for the public, community organizations and schools.
Partnership for Learning and the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) received a grant from College Spark Washington in late 2012 to partner on the campaign. Since then, many organizations have joined the Ready Washington coalition to support higher learning standards and improve our students’ ability to compete and get good jobs in the global economy.
Washington is one of 46 states to adopt the Common Core standards in math and English-language arts, which are designed to better prepare students for college, work and life. Until now, every state has had different learning expectations and standards.
Consistent, high learning standards provide a benchmark to help parents and teachers understand how students are really doing in school. This is a big change and it will take time to see better results, but it’s an approach that will help Washington students compete for the good jobs our state has to offer.
For more information on Common Core and the Real Learning for Real Life campaign, please visit www.ReadyWA.org.
For additional information, please contact:
Chris Barron, communications manager
Partnership for Learning
Nathan Olson, communications manager
Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction