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    Changes to Seattle Public Schools' Advanced Learning
    Posted on 08/07/2020

    Changes to Seattle Public Schools' Advanced Learning

    The arrival of Chief of Student Support Services Dr. Concepcion Pedroza, and Advanced Learning Department Supervisor Deenie Berry have signaled a new era; the department is moving from a long-standing focus on testing to centering culturally responsive teaching and learning.

    The following changes have served as an initial public step in enacting the Advanced Learning’s commitment to becoming an anti-racist department. These are aimed at making the department’s services stronger overall. In the 2019-2020sy:

    • Our student skills survey has been expanded from a narrow focus on academics to a holistic picture of the student which adds creativity, leadership, and motivation.
    • Students’ talents emerge in different settings: family, neighborhood and faith communities as well as the classroom.
    • As of Aug. 28, 2020 family and community members can provide their perspective via the student skills survey, formerly only available to the child’s current teacher.
    • A survey submission is then forwarded to the family, encouraging them to refer their child for Advanced Learning services.
    • Logistical improvements have been made to more intentionally support students receiving special education services as they proceed through referral and testing.
    • To identify and support Black Excellence, universal testing for AL services occurs for all second graders across the city: from Rainier Beach to Northgate and surrounding neighborhoods.
    • Course titles and sequencing have been systematized across all middle schools.
    • Most barriers to access to advanced coursework at the high school level have been removed in the last year.
    August 28 - December 7, 2020 


    All schools within Seattle Public Schools are committed to providing quality instruction designed to meet the academic, social, emotional and behavioral needs of each and every student.