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State Expanded Learning Opportunities Council Releases First Report and Adopts Standards

by Jon Sayer | | Posted under Policy & Legislation

Last legislative session, School’s Out and our partners in the Expanded Learning Coalition helped pass a bill to create the Washington State Expanded Learning Opportunities Council. This Council includes School’s Out, Expanded Learning Providers, higher education, career and technical schools, as well as representation from other education stakeholders like the PTA, teachers, school board members, and superintendents. The Council’s purpose is to create recommendations to increase Expanded Learning as well as options for extending the traditional school day and year and implementing the Summer Knowledge Improvement Program (SKIP) that passed last year.

Quality Standards

The Quality Standards were officially adopted by the ELO council. Click to read standards

The Council will be releasing several reports over the next few years. The first report (PDF link) released this month outlines the data gathering and work plan of the Council. The report also outlines the Council’s adoption of the Washington State Quality Standards for Afterschool and Youth Development Programs. School’s Out Washington developed these standards in conjunction with the national David P. Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality and afterschool and summer programs across the state in order to create stronger programs for kids. School’s Out looks forward to working with the Council to develop robust recommendations in 2015.

You can learn more about the council and view all meeting agendas, minutes and council updates on OSPI’s website.

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