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OSPI Honors 23 Schools for Outstanding Career and College Readiness Programs
Career guidance programs ensure students are more likely to graduate from high school with a plan for their future

OLYMPIA — March 5, 2014 — Twenty-three schools have earned the Career Guidance Award of Excellence for outstanding work in their college and career readiness programs, the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) announced today. Students who have career guidance programs in their schools are more likely to graduate from high school with a specific plan. They are better prepared for success in college.

This year’s winners use OSPI’s Career Guidance Washington life-planning lessons and activities with middle and high schools. Administrators, counselors and teachers work as a team to promote career and college readiness school-wide. In this model, teachers serve as advisors to help every student make clear, careful, creative plans for life after high school.

“Using system-wide approach, educators have gotten results for students in these award-winning schools,” State Superintendent Randy Dorn said. “The data are impressive.”

OSPI selected this year’s winners based on 2012-13 school year data. These schools have increased their graduation rates and academic rigor. This has led to more students with college-ready transcripts and fewer students in need of remediation once they get to college. . Most of these high implementing schools are in the College Readiness Initiative, a grant program funded by College Spark Washington.

Dorn will honor these schools at a ceremony on March 12, 2014, at 8 am, at ESD 121 in Renton.

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The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) is the primary agency charged with overseeing K–12 education in Washington state. Led by State School Superintendent Randy Dorn, OSPI works with the state’s 295 school districts and nine educational service districts to administer basic education programs and implement education reform on behalf of more than one million public school students.

OSPI provides equal access to all programs and services without discrimination based on sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, honorably discharged veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability. Questions and complaints of alleged discrimination should be directed to the Equity and Civil Rights Director at (360) 725-6162 or P.O. Box 47200, Olympia, WA 98504-7200.

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Nathan Olson
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The OSPI Communications Office serves as the central point of contact for local, regional and national media covering K-12 education issues.

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Nathan Olson
(360) 725-6015


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