News Releases

2016

ITT Tech's Washington campuses no longer eligible for state financial aid programs - August 29, 2016

Olympia—On Friday Aug. 26, the Washington Student Achievement Council (WSAC) did not renew ITT Tech’s (ITT) eligibility to receive state financial aid. This decision follows an Aug. 25 announcement by the U.S. Department of Education (ED) that ITT may no longer enroll students who pay with federal financial aid. Keep reading

Council to discuss dual credit at September meeting - August 26, 2016

Olympia—The Washington Student Achievement Council will meet on Sept. 2. Members will review recommendations to streamline and improve dual-credit programs and discuss including dual credit in the 2017-19 Strategic Action Plan. Keep reading

Council to discuss education partners' priorities for 2017 Legislative Session - August 9, 2016

Olympia—The Washington Student Achievement Council will meet on Aug. 17. Members will discuss legislative requests from education partners. The council will hear from: 

  • Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI)
  • State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC)
  • Council of Presidents (COP)
  • Independent Colleges of Washington (ICW) 

Keep reading.

Council committees to discuss strategic action plan initiatives - June 28, 2016

Olympia—On July 6, council committees will hold two meetings to discuss potential strategies for inclusion in the 2016 strategic action plan for higher education in Washington. Committee discussion will inform development of the Council's 2017 priorities, which will be considered at its August meeting in Cheney. Keep reading.

Central Washington University student Jessica Murillo-Rosales joins Washington Student Achievement Council - June 16, 2016

Olympia—Governor Inslee has appointed Jessica Murillo-Rosales to the student member position on the Washington Student Achievement Council. Murillo-Rosales, who begins her one-year term at the August 17 council meeting, replaces outgoing student member Eric Pattison. Keep reading.

Council to continue discussions on executive director search - June 6, 2016

Olympia—The Washington Student Achievement Council will hold a conference call on June 8 at 5:00 p.m. Members will join representatives of Karras Consulting to continue work on the search for the agency’s new executive director. Keep reading.

Dr. Rachelle Sharpe appointed acting executive director of Washington Student Achievement Council - May 27, 2016

Olympia—Governor Inslee has appointed Dr. Rachelle Sharpe to serve as acting executive director of the Washington Student Achievement Council (WSAC), effective July 1. She replaces retiring Executive Director Dr. Gene Sharratt. Keep reading.

Council to discuss strategies for increasing educational attainment - May 26, 2016

Olympia—On June 2, Council members will review and discuss strategies to overcome challenges identified in the 2015 Roadmap Update. These include closing the opportunity gap, re-engaging adults in postsecondary education, and improving access and affordability. Keep reading.

College Bound high school grad rate 13 points higher than low-income student rate - April 14, 2016

Olympia—The 2015 four-year high school graduation rate for College Bound Scholarship students was 75 percent. In comparison, only 62 percent of low-income students who were eligible—but didn’t sign up—graduated in 2015. Keep reading.

Council will hear from Tacoma Public Schools and the Road Map Project - April 6, 2016

Olympia—On April 13, the council will consider how the work of collective impact coalitions relates to the 2016 Strategic Action Plan. Keep reading.

Executive director of Washington Student Achievement Council to retire - April 4, 2016

Olympia—Gov. Jay Inslee announced today that Dr. Gene Sharratt, executive director with the Washington Student Achievement Council, will retire in June. Sharratt has served in the position for three years. Under his leadership, the Legislature adopted attainment goals for the state’s education system, reduced tuition, boosted College Bound Scholarship participation for low-income students, increased the number of high school courses that count for college credit, and expanded access to postsecondary training and educational opportunities for veterans and returning students. Keep reading.

Council receive annual update on state financial aid programs - February 4, 2016

Olympia—On Feb. 10, the council will review an annual update on Washington State’s financial aid programs, which include State Need Grant and the College Bound Scholarship. Keep reading.

Apply early for financial aid, get help at 120 College Goal Washington statewide events - January 12, 2016

Olympia—Now is the time for students—including DREAMers—to apply for financial aid. People who are U.S. citizens or eligible non-citizens can file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). People unable to file the FAFSA due to immigration status, can file the Washington Application for State Financial Aid (WASFA). Both applications are open. The priority deadline for state financial aid programs, which include the State Need Grant and College Bound Scholarship, is February 1. Keep reading.

 

2015 

Marginal improvement signals urgent need to increase educational attainment - December 16, 2015

Olympia—Early findings in the Washington Student Achievement Council’s 2015 Roadmap report show that recent gains in attainment are too low to meet the state’s goals. Keep reading.

Council will vote on adoption of 2015 Roadmap Report - December 3, 2015

Olympia—On Dec. 10, the council will review the final draft of the 2015 Roadmap Report before voting on adoption. This 2015 Roadmap is the first progress report on Washington State’s educational attainment goals, that by 2023: all adults in Washington, ages 25–44, will have a high school diploma or equivalent; and at least 70 percent of Washington adults, ages 25–44, will have a postsecondary credential. Once the report is adopted and finalized, the council will submit it to the Legislature and Governor’s Office. Keep reading.

Council will review progress toward attainment goals and convene symposium on affordability - November 12, 2015

Olympia—On Nov. 18, the council will review the first draft of a report documenting the progress Washington has made toward its educational attainment goals: by 2023 all Washington adults ages 25-44 will have a high school diploma or equivalent and 70 percent will have a postsecondary credential. Members will also discuss implications of the report, which may inform the Council’s 2016 Strategic Action Plan. Keep reading.

College Bound Scholarship sign-up rate continues to break records at 91 percent - October 26, 2015

Olympia—Over 33,000—91 percent—of last year’s eligible eighth grade students signed up for the College Bound Scholarship program by the June 30 deadline. This cohort, the graduating class of 2019, is the largest since the program’s inception in 2007. This year, 110 school districts had sign-up rates of 92 percent or higher. Of these, 77 school districts saw 100 percent of their eligible students sign up for the scholarships. Keep reading.

Council to review educational attainment progress data and weigh in on analysis - October 8, 2015

Olympia—On Oct. 15, the council will review data on the progress Washington has made toward its educational attainment goals: by 2023 all Washington adults, ages 25-44, will have a high school diploma or equivalent, and 70 percent will have a postsecondary credential. Members will discuss the data and respond to the analysis provided by Council staff and an interagency technical working group. Keep reading.

Bellevue College student Eric Pattison joins Washington Student Achievement Council - October 7, 2015

Olympia—Governor Inslee has appointed Eric Pattison, a sophomore at Bellevue College, to the student member position on the Washington Student Achievement Council. Pattison, who is replacing outgoing student member Rai Nauman Mumtaz, will join the council at its next meeting on October 15 at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, WA. The student council member serves a one-year term. Keep reading.

Council to review factors affecting high school graduation and postsecondary success - August 7, 2015

Olympia—On Aug. 13, the Washington Student Achievement Council will hear a presentation from staff on barriers and strategies to enhance student success and persistence in postsecondary education. The council will also hear a presentation on factors that influence high school graduation. Keep reading.

Education partners discuss roles in reaching attainment goals - June 11, 2015

Olympia—On Jun. 17, the Washington Student Achievement Council will convene a panel of representatives fromdifferent postsecondary education sectors: The State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, Council of Presidents, and Independent Colleges of Washington. The panel will describe the challenges they face and steps they are taking to serve more students. Keep reading.

Governor Inslee signs bill to expand student access to dual-credit opportunities - May 11, 2015

Olympia—On May 8, Governor Inslee signed Engrossed Second Substitute House Bill (E2SHB) 1546, expanding opportunities for high school students to participate in Running Start and College in the High School programs. Dual-credit programs allow high school students to earn college and high school credit simultaneously. Previously, only 11th and 12th grade students could participate in College in the High School. With the signing of E2SHB 1546, 10th grade students will be eligible to receive dual credit through College in the High School beginning with the 2015-16 school year. Keep reading.

Exemplary High School Seniors Recognized with Washington Scholars Award - April 21, 2015

Olympia—The Washington Student Achievement Council and the Association of Washington School Principals (AWSP) announced the names of 654 Washington Scholars from 263 high schools this year. The Washington Scholars recognition award represents the highest academic honor conferred by the State of Washington and is awarded to students who demonstrate the educational excellence and civic commitment so vital to the future of our state. Keep reading on AWSP.

Council begins review of minimum college admission standards - April 3, 2015

Olympia—On Apr. 8, the Washington Student Achievement Council will discuss the anticipated review of minimum college admission standards for public baccalaureate institutions. The Council periodically reviews these standards to ensure alignment between K-12 and higher education. The Council and WSAC staff will meet with education partners this spring to gather input. Keep reading

College Bound high school grad rate over 10 points higher than low-income student rate - February 26, 2015

Olympia—Three quarters of the students who signed up for the College Bound Scholarship by the end of their 8th grade year in 2010 graduated from high school in 2014. In comparison, the 2014 four-year graduation rate for low-income students who were eligible for the program but didn't sign up was 62 percent. Keep reading.

Council engages partners in panel discussion on increasing educational attainment - February 5, 2015

Olympia—On Feb. 11, the Washington Student Achievement Council will hold a panel discussion with the State Board of Education, the Professional Education Standards Board, and the Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board. Keep reading

Now is the time for prospective studentsincluding DREAMersto apply for financial aid - January 14, 2015

Olympia—Filing an application for financial aid is an important step in the college application process. In order to be considered for grants, loans, work-study, and certain scholarships in 2015-16, prospective and continuing college students will need to file a financial aid application. Keep reading

 

2014

Council recommendations focus on postsecondary access, opportunity, and affordability - December 4, 2014

Olympia—The Washington Student Achievement Council has delivered the 2014 Strategic Action Plan to the Legislature and Governor. Keep reading

College Goal Washington at 60 sites, helping Washingtonians apply for financial aid - December 2, 2014

Olympia—Between January and February 2015, financial aid experts and trained volunteers will be available at 60 sites throughout the state, helping people apply for financial aid to continue their education. Keep reading

Adoption of 2014 Strategic Action Plan drives November council meeting agenda - November 14, 2014

Olympia—On Nov. 19, the Washington Student Achievement Council will consider adopting the 2014 Strategic Action Plan. Keep reading

College Bound Scholarship cohort largest ever - October 6, 2014

Olympia—Over 32,000 eighth graders signed up for the College Bound Scholarship (CBS) program by the June 30 deadline. The graduating class of 2018 includes the largest CBS cohort since students began signing up for the scholarship in 2007, even though the number of students eligible for free and reduced price lunch dropped slightly from last year. Keep reading. View infographic.

Council welcomes new member, recognizes achievements of outgoing K-12 representative - October 3, 2014

Olympia—Randy Dorn has appointed Dr. Gil Mendoza as the new K-12 sector representative on the Washington Student Achievement Counil. "I've known Gil for a long time," Dorn said, "and his commitment to the students of this state has never wavered. He'll be a valuable member of the Council." Keep reading.

Council to decide on agency-request legislation and approve 2014 Strategic Action Plan - October 2, 2014

Olympia—On Oct. 8, the Washington Student Achievement Council will decide whether to transmit agency-request legislation on dual credit as it moves toward finalizing the 2014 Strategic Action Plan. Keep reading.

Council continues development of 2014 Strategic Action Plan - September 4, 2014

Olympia—On Sept. 9, the Washington Student Achievement Council will hold a meeting to further consider policy and fiscal recommendations for the 2014 Strategic Action Plan. Keep reading.

Budget priorities and 2014 Strategic Action Plan drive discussion at council's August meeting - August 13, 2014

Olympia—During the council’s retreat on Wednesday, Aug. 20, members will review budget priorities from their sector partners, including the Council of Presidents, State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction and the Independent Colleges of Washington. Keep reading.

Everest College-Renton notified of suspension from state financial aid programs - July 11, 2014

Olympia—The Washington Student Achievement Council has formally notified Everest College-Renton, owned by Corinthian Colleges Inc., of their suspended eligibility to recieve state financial aid dollars for the 201-15 academic year. Keep reading.

Budget outlook and first generation students considered in Roadmap implementation - June 18, 2014

Olympia—On June 23, the Washington Student Achievement Council will hear presentations from the Office of Financial Management (OFM) and the College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP). Keep reading.

Promise, support, and reward are keys to College Bound Scholarship students' success - May 13, 2014

Olympia—The data are in for last year's high school graduation rates, and it's more good news for the College Bound Scholarship program. About 76 percent of CBS students graduated in the class of 2013. Keep reading

Roadmap implementation and increasing access to postsecondary education on Council's agenda - April 18, 2014

Olympia—On April 24, the Washington Student Achievement Council will meet to discuss how recent efforts to increase access to postsecondary education may be incorporated into implementation of the Roadmap. Keep reading

ReadySetGrad.org nominated for "Best Education Website" in the 18th Annual Webby Awards - April 18, 2014

Olympia—ReadySetGrad.org - Washington State's comprehensive career and college readiness website for 6th grade through continuing education students, their families, and educators - is nominated for the "Best Education Website" Webby Award. Hailed as the "Internet's highest honor" by The New York Times, the Webby Awards is the leading international award honoring excellence on the Internet. Keep reading

High school seniors receive Washington's highest academic honor - April 15, 2014

Olympia—The Washington Student Achievement Council and Association of Washington School Prinicipals (AWSP) announced the names of 196 high school seniors recognized as Washington Scholars or Washington Scholar Alternates for their outstanding accomplishments. The Washington Scholars recognition award represents the highest academic honor conferred by the State of Washington and is awarded to sutdents who demonstrate the educational excellence and civic commitment so vital to the future of our state. Keep reading

Governor Inslee Signs Bill Endorsing Roadmap Education Goals for 2023 - April 3, 2014

Olympia—Washington is one important step closer to increasing educational attainment for students and workers. Today, Governor Inslee signed ESHB 2626, which acknowledges and endorses the planning targets proposed by the Washington Student Achievement Council in its Ten-Year Roadmap Report. Keep reading

Calling all "dreamers" - application for state financial aid now available - March 31, 2014

Olympia—The Washington Application for State Financial Aid, or the WASFA, is now available for undocumented students to apply for State Need Grant funds. The application can be accessed at ReadySetGrad.org/WASFA, and students should submit it as soon as possible. Keep reading

Council Begins Roadmap Implementation - January 30, 2014

Olympia—On February 3, the Council will receive its first update on implementation of Roadmap recommendations. The 2013 Roadmap Report, a plan to increase educational attainment in Washington, was submitted to the Legislature and Governor in December 2013. The report set two statewide attainment goals and recommended 12 strategies to achieve these goals by 2023. Keep reading

 

2013