State selects Sequim Middle School for pilot program, fundingJuly 26, 2017
A tiny town in Washington—Sequim, population 7,000—is showing the power of high standards and research-based educational methods. The town’s middle school is one of 10 Title I schools that Washington State selected to serve as pilot schools for the upcoming school year in anticipation of full implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The state’s Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction “selected the Sequim school and others as a kind of case study to examine the state’s approach to addressing” federal school accountability and improvement requirements. Each of these pilot schools “has data showing ‘promising success’ with its school improvement efforts, and ‘a proficient and professional set of research-based improvement plans’ through Indistar, an online school improvement planning tool for school teams.” Another good place for Washington State officials to look for guidance on their ESSA plan and implementation is the Collaborative for Student Success’ and Bellwether Education Partners’ review of the ESSA plans that have been submitted to the U.S. Department of Education to date.