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    Advanced Learning Task Force Update December 2019
    Posted on 12/17/2019

    Advanced Learning Task Force Update December 2019

    On December 10, the Advanced Learning Task Force (ALTF) held its final meeting after 18-months of work. Thank you to the parents, staff, nonprofit and education professionals, and community members who spent hundreds of hours to explore potential solutions to address the lack of diverse student representation in advanced learning services, which includes highly capable, in Seattle Public Schools.

    After finalizing a mission and vision for advanced learning in our district this past summer, members of the task force spent time working through the summer and fall in large and subgroups creating recommendations around themes of structure and accountability, identification procedures, and service procedures. At the meeting, discussion and voting took place to finalize additional recommendations.

    Many recommendations came forward including:

    • Prioritizing human and financial resources with a racial equity lens
    • Access to advanced learning services for students with special needs
    • Improved communications with families
    • An identification process that includes school staff and central office
    • Single-subject identification
    • Timely access to services upon identification

    Final minutes and recommendations from the meeting were approved by the task force and posted.pdf icon 

    Go to the meetings and meeting materials webpage for the advanced learning task force and advisory groups.

    The final task force report will be formally presented to the superintendent. Upon review, the superintendent will make decisions about which recommendations are feasible to move forward to the School Board given financial, staffing feasability, and legal considerations.

    Beginning in early 2020, a Highly Capable and Racial Equity Services Advisory will form to review and advise how the ALTF advanced learning recommendations might be implemented in support of racial equity. Applications for this advisory are currently being accepted.

    To read previous updates from the ALTF:

    Read the Advanced Learning Task Force September 2019 Update.

    Read the Advanced Learning Task Force June 2019 Update.