A Note From the Superintendent
I am often asked whether we are merely preparing our scholars to be successful on the state “test.” I say, “yes, and so much more.” Tell me this—would you feel good having doctors, lawyers, mechanics, electricians or any other profession provide you a service if they have not been able to pass assessments that measure their skill and knowledge in performing their craft? I think in most cases, your answer would be “no.” You would want a skilled person providing these services for you.
Education is no different. Washington state learning standards represent the skills and knowledge each of our scholars need to be college and career ready. The state assessment is one critical measure that assesses their ability to perform at a level of proficiency that increases their likelihood of college, career and life success. We want all scholars in Federal Way Public Schools to achieve at the highest level on these assessments so they can compete for jobs with their peers in the region, across the state, and across the nation.
We want so much more of our scholars in Federal Way Public Schools. We want them to be engaged, empathetic, community-minded critical thinkers who are poised to make our world an even better place. This is why we are requiring 24 hours of community service for the graduating class of 2021 and beyond. We encourage scholar participation in extracurricular activities like debate, leadership, choir, band, drama, math club, robotics, sports, and other clubs because these types of experiences are essential in developing well rounded human beings who can “see” the world in its entirety. We want scholars who learn to resolve conflict through discourse and who right their wrongs by owning their mistakes and rebuilding trust in relationships—just like we do as adults.
So, yes, we do want our scholars to meet standards on state assessments. We are building a system in Federal Way Public Schools to ensure they do this no matter their school. However, we are focused on an even bigger outcome—we want every scholar in Federal Way Public Schools to accomplish their career goals while making our planet an even better place to live!
Tammy Campbell, Ed.D.