Education and workforce leaders teamed up with ACT to recognize Washington High School as a leading exemplar of college and career readiness. The acknowledgement came during the Iowa State ACT State Organization Conference.
The event is part of the fourth annual ACT College and Career Readiness Campaign, the largest yet with more than 40 participating states including Iowa. The Campaign will culminate with the ACT National Gala for College and Career Readiness in Washington, D.C., in June. Iowa State Council chair Jay Wright recognized the outstanding achievements of Washington High School, Iowa's first winner of the College and Career Transition Award.
"Washington High School received the College and Career Transition Award for its continued commitment to serving the diverse needs of its student population and focusing on the end goal of college and career readiness for all,” Wright noted “It was also recognized this year by NEWSWEEK as a top high school for low-income students and by the Iowa Department of Education as a recipient of the Breaking Barriers Award."
Washington was selected by a committee appointed by the Iowa State ACT Council. Following events in each partner state, State Exemplars will be considered for National Semifinalist status by an ACT Selection Committee, which will narrow the field into four National Semifinalists in each category. The categories include high schools, community colleges, employers, and students. Finally, a National Selection Committee composed of national education and workforce leaders will choose from the Semifinalists the four National Exemplars, one per category. The National Exemplars, along with state exemplars and Semifinalists will be honored at the ACT National Gala in June.