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GATE Collaboration with Results Washington

Too many students aren’t graduating from high school in Washington State. With each dropout society misses out on $451,482 in lifetime benefits according to a 2013 analysis by the Washington State Institute on Public Policy.

Both Superintendent Randy Dorn and Governor Jay Inslee have identified increasing graduation as an educational priority. With this goal, OSPI’s initiative Graduation: A Team Effort and the Governor’s Office’s initiative Results Washington are collaborating on ways to improve graduation rates through access to effective dropout prevention, intervention, and reengagement effort.

Webinar Workshops

Graduation A Team Effort (GATE) is conducting a monthly webinar series on topics, strategies, and best practices related to dropout prevention. These workshops would be valuable for educators, administrators, and community partners who wish to increase and improve support systems, data use, and engagement in youth, adults, families, and communities.

Goals also include development of a community of learning for those involved in dropout prevention at the community, district and school level.

We are planning the webinars for the 2015-16 school year. Please give us feedback - let us know what topics, presenters, and schedule you would like to see.

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Increasing Graduation Rates through Improved Data Reporting
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Does your district's dropout data represent your withdrawn students? Over half of the students considered dropped out of the class of 2014 were listed as "Unknown", meaning they left and we don't know where they went. An additional group were identified as "dropped out – reason unknown". A few districts have seen success in improving these statistics through their approach to reporting and responding to this particular data.

Target Audience: school and district registrars and administration.

Presenter: Lisa Ireland, Research Analyst at OSPI

Our goals of this webinar are:

  • Shine a light on this data, where you can find it, what these codes mean and how we use this data.
  • Share practices districts are using to ease reporting, reduce unknown transfers, reduce reported dropouts, and improve graduation rates.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.


+ November 18, 2015

Improving Attendance in the Elementary
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The Graduation A Team Effort webinar series continues to focus on increasing student attendance and reducing chronic absenteeism. Jake Alabiso, a school psychologist, and intervention specialist in Kelso will highlight effective strategies they have implemented to increase attendance at the elementary school level.

+ October 21, 2015

Attendance Interventions

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We look at a partner organization's activities and interventions reinforce educational activities. We will also look at how they include school attendance as a measure, and identifier of need. Our featured presenter is Angela Griffin, Associate Director of Education Program Services for Treehouse. Treehouse partners with DSHS and Schools to increase achievement for youth in foster care starting with the Check and Connect model.

+ September 16, 2015

Attendance: Data, Research and Practice

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We know attendance is a key indicator of a student's engagement in school and opportunity for success across K-12. This webinar will discuss current research, unveil and demonstrate new attendance data analytics.

+ June 17, 2015

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Continuous Improvement
Continuous improvement processes share common elements:

  1. Team-based reflection
  2. Exploration of data
  3. Research and analysis
  4. Goal setting
  5. Action planning
  6. Monitoring and evaluating results

Participants in this webinar will explore resources in the ‘Data Coaching Toolkit’, a comprehensive set of resources for district data and planning teams. Participants will also learn about, and reflect upon, the application of the toolkit within a two-year planning and implementation project of seven school districts focused on improving graduation rates and support student re-engagement in learning.

Featured presenters, ESD 113 Superintendent Dana Anderson, and Assistant Superintendent of Support Services Mike Hickman, have facilitated the 2 year Building Bridges Planning and Implementation grants featuring professional development in data use, capacity building, implementation science and continuous improvement.

+ May 21, 2015

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Transition Support and Student Engagement Through the High School and Beyond Plan

The High School & Beyond Plan provides a relevant and personalized pathway for students beginning in 8th grade through high school.

This webinar will give information about graduation requirements for the Class of 2019 as it relates to the Personalized Pathway based on the student’s High School & Beyond Plan. Updates, best practices and templates from Career Guidance WA, along with evidence-based data provide support and resources for not only keeping students in school, but also developing a postsecondary plan.

+ March 15, 2015 Engaging Students Through Trauma Informed Practice
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Student engagement and staff buy-in through trauma informed practices addressing adverse childhood experiences (PDF)

  1. Ron Hertel, Compassionate Schools
  2. Mary Wilson, Principal at Fern Hill Elementary School

+ February 18, 2015 Multi-tiered Systems of Support - Reengagement (Tier 3)
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Tier 3 interventions are intensive individualized interventions for students most at risk. These include interventions for homelessness, mental health and substance abuse issues, and reengaging students who have dropped out. These interventions are applied in addition to tier 1 and tier 2 supports in a multi-tiered system of support.

The focus of this webinar is reengagement, finding the right pathway for reengaged youth, and additional supports to keep students engaged.

  1. Open Doors, a reengagement framework to support older youth.
    Laurie Shannon, OSPI Graduation Specialist
  2. Pathways for Reengagement
    Greg Eisnaugle, Tacoma Public Schools

+ January 21, 2015 Multi-tiered Support Systems – Strategic Intervention (Tier 2)
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Tier 2 interventions benefit students identified as at risk. These are typically group supports targeting more specific needs, and are applied in addition to tier 1 universal supports.

  1. Implementation science for building effective, sustainable intervention systems
    Greg Benner, UW Tacoma, Tacoma Whole Child Initiative
  2. Tier 2 interventions in practice
    John Gummel, Kelso High School

+ December 17, 2014 Multi-tiered Support Systems – Universal Supports (Tier 1)

  1. What is a Multi-tiered System of Supports
  2. How Sunnyside high school approaches school wide prevention through academic and non-academic student supports as well as a supportive professional learning community for staff.

View Webinar | View PDF of Sunnyside's presentation

+ November 19, 2014 Dropout Early Warning and Intervention Systems

  1. CEDARS vs. District information systems: When and where data is relevant - from student level response to state level assessment.
    Tim Stensager, OSPI
  2. How Spokane is visualizing and using data to better respond to students at risk.
    Travis Schulhauser, Spokane Public Schools

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+ October 15, 2014

Behavior: Data, Policy, and Practice

  1. State level discipline policy, discipline data collection, WAC 392-400, due process changes, and transitional supports presented by Jess Lewis. Presentation (PDF)
  2. Visualizations for discipline and behavior data presented by Tim Stensager. Presentation (PDF)
  3. Timberline High School Tier 2 team process for responding to student data including samples of:
    1. Presentation
    2. Student Intervention Workbook
    3. Practical Functional Behavior Assessment (FBA) Records
    4. Student Support Team (SST) Checklist
    5. Teacher report form 1 and form 2
    6. School Wide Information System (SWIS) report
    7. Student Transcript
    8. Student 504 plan

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+ September 17, 2014

Data Use and Reports

Our first Data Use webinar focused on these elements:

  1. OSPI Key Performance Indicators
  2. How can we better use data – analytics that demonstrate success and disproportionality
    1. By subpopulations (free and reduced lunch, English Language Learners, Students with disabilities, by noted racial and ethnic groups)
    2. Comparing individual schools within the district
    3. Comparing similar districts to identify where they seem to be effective in responding to the needs of these subpopulations. From this looking at what elements are creating this positive ecosystem.
  3. Successful report use: Monthly look at dropout withdrawal status codes
    1. Typically these are collected once a year for a report to OSPI
    2. Monthly access keeps kids on the radar, easier to track
    3. List is shared with principals and counselors
    4. Responsibilities are assigned to track and follow up with students who are assigned these codes

Download presentation (PDF) | View webinar

+ May 28, 2014

Dropout Prevention Series: Overview of the 2014 Dropout Prevention Survey Results and Next

This webinar was intended to prepare for a monthly series of professional development and program sharing webinars beginning in the fall of 2014. The goals of this webinar were to:

  • Provide background on dropout prevention, intervention, and reengagement efforts
  • Review results of the annual Student Access to Dropout Prevention survey
  • Propose a plan for next steps
  • Respond to any initial questions from districts.

Download presentation (PDF) | View archived webinar

The Report

A first step in this collaboration was taken in winter 2013-2014 with a survey sent to the state’s 295 school districts. 230 districts responded. The survey asked 20 questions concerning how well students can access current dropout prevention, intervention, and reengagement programs. The results from this survey stand a baseline from which future policy and strategy decisions, specific to Results Washington and OSPI’s Graduation: A Team Effort, can be made. Survey topics included:

  • Foundational Elements such as leadership support, dropout reduction goal, and a dropout early warning system.
  • Programming target groups, and examples
  • Partnerships
  • Marketing efforts
  • Challenges and policy/training needs

A 1 page sheet of report highlights (PDF)

Read the entire report (PDF)


Superintendent Randy Dorn has identified a need to “Improve academic achievement for all students and reduce dropout rates” in his second term priorities.

Governor Jay Inslee’s Results Washington identifies a need to “increase access to effective dropout prevention programs offered by school districts and available to students” in the goal map for goal 1: World-class education.

Current efforts in this collaboration are identifying problems of practice, related data, root causes, and appropriate countermeasures.

Governor’s Summit on Dropout Prevention is attached to the 2014 Washington Educators Conference and will showcase current efforts that are successful. This conference is scheduled for October 27 – 28 in Seattle.



If you would like to learn more, sign up for updates about the workshops, or become more involved in dropout prevention, please email us at


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