Our Mission and Vision
The High School Success Coalition advocates for proven policies that are grounded in racial equity and support every student on their path to achieve a rigorous high school diploma and pursue their dreams.
As a coalition, we believe:
- rigorous classes are essential,
- counseling services and support staff are critical, and
- transitions are pivotal.
Our vision is that every Washington student will graduate high school prepared with the skills to navigate a rigorous post-secondary education and connected with the resources necessary to take their next step.
SIGN THE PETITION
By signing this petition you are joining countless other parents, families, and teachers in calling on state policymakers to make a dramatic difference in K-12 education – right now.
HOW IT WORKS
The High School Success Coalition is asking legislators and everyday Washingtonians to take action in 2021 and implement policies in three areas that will support every student on their path to graduation. Here’s how it works:
- Make dual credit courses equitable and accessible: Students who take dual credit courses, such as College in the High School, International Baccalaureate, Advanced Placement, and Running Start, enroll in postsecondary at higher rates and are more likely to graduate high school on time. We are committed to building on Washington’s progress toward equity by ensuring that dual credit courses reflect the demographics of the district and that student access to these opportunities is not limited by the costs for these courses. We also support policies that integrate antiracist, culturally competent practice, and curriculum in advanced coursework.
- Expand and strengthen equitable student supports: Our coalition advocates for proven policies that have the strongest impact for students who are underserved by the education system. Students and families of color, students who are the first in their family to attend college, and students learning English are more likely to rely on school counselors or other caring adults for support and guidance. We are advocating for: a statutory definition of a school counselor’s role to ensure they can maximize time with students; time and funding for Ninth Grade Success teams that are proven to increase on-time graduation rates; and foster care liaisons in all school buildings to support graduation pathways for highly mobile students.
- Protect all students’ access to a College and Career Ready Diploma: Protecting the progress already made to ensure high school students graduate college- and career-ready is critical to ensure their access to family-wage jobs and opportunities. This includes 24 credits toward a meaningful diploma and multiple graduation pathways.