Road Map Project receives endorsements from Seattle School Board, Green River Community College Board

The Seattle School Board and Green River Community College Board of Trustees have passed resolutions endorsing the Road Map Project, a region-wide effort to dramatically improve student achievement from "cradle to college and career" in South Seattle and South King County.

The Road Map Project's goal is to double the number of students in the region who are on track to graduate from college or earn a career credential by 2020. The project also aims to close achievement gaps for low-income students and children of color.

The school districts involved in the Road Map Project are Auburn, Federal Way, Highline, Kent, Renton, Seattle and Tukwila. The project also engages higher education institutions, including Green River Community College, Highline Community College, Renton Technical College, Seattle Central Community College and South Seattle Community College.

The Seattle School Board passed its resolution on Jan. 23 and Green River Community College adopted its endorsement on Dec. 20. The Road Map Project has now gathered endorsements from all seven school districts in the region and one community college.

"As a Seattle Public Schools Director, I have long been convinced that shared services and building on best identified practices, rather than reinventing the wheel at each school district, will ensure the best possible instruction for our students at highest risk," said Kay Smith-Blum, Seattle Public Schools Board president. "The Road Map Project embraces the collaborative approach and enables us all to break through silos, take regional approaches and develop strategies that will maximize outcomes."

"We are committed to closing the achievement gaps for our increasingly diverse community. Current data indicates that far too few students in our service area are graduating from high school and earning post-secondary degrees," said Green River Community College President Dr. Eileen Ely. "The Road Map Project will help support these students from cradle to college and career."

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