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Washington ESDs math+science count!

With student needs and public expectations rising, the ESDs are well positioned to lead the state's school improvement efforts. Like no other educational agency, ESDs have the existing regional presence; credibility with local districts; highly qualified staff in curriculum, instruction and assessment and a history of cost-effective delivery necessary to satisfy the state's ever evolving educational needs.

The 2007 Washington State Legislature appropriated funding for a Regional Mathematics Coordinator in each of the nine Educational Service Districts. The ESDs were charged with providing regional professional development activities related to mathematics curriculum and instruction.

In order to create lasting systemic change, the ESDs worked collaboratively with OSPI to establish and support a statewide system of mathematics education. The ESD Regional Mathematics Coordinators published a report highlighting work comleted in 2007-2008 and outlines strategies for 2008-2009. It is organized by the four major actions of the Regional Mathematicsw Coordinators: 1) Identify Needs, 2) Build Capacity through Research-Based Professional Development, 3) Evaluate Results, and 4) Plan for Year Two and Beyond.

To view the 2007-08 Accountability Report, see Washington ESDs math+science count!

For a printable two-sided version (tabloid size), see Washington ESDs math+science count! book version.

Washington Learning Source

School districts save money on purchases through the nine ESDs through Washington Learning Source. Savings for districts and ESDs through WLS amounted to nearly $3 million in 2007. According to WLS, they are a one-stop shop offering thousands of popoular educational products and services to PreK-12 schools, colleges and universities. Through volume sales, schools save an average of 30% off educational prices.

To see the WLS website and review a list of districts and ESDs who are taking advantage of this service, see WLS.