ERDC News, Fall 2022


Update on Dual Credit in WA


On September 1, ERDC provided an update to the Legislature on outcomes of students that participate in dual credit programs across the state. The report supported previous findings, as well as offered recommendations related to collecting data on dual credit programs. Read more here.

Newest ERDC Member

The ERDC is excited to welcome our newest staff member, Danielle (Dani) Fumia, as our Senior Research Scientist. In this role, Dani will ensure all ERDC research projects are carried out with appropriate methodological and statistical rigor; use her knowledge of education policy and research to inform ERDC’s research agenda and priorities; conduct data analysis and research; and coordinate, facilitate and track ERDC research projects. Dani has extensive experience conducting research and evaluation in Washington state to inform policy makers and increase educational opportunities for students. Most recently Dani has been working as a Senior Research Associate for MEF Associates and prior to this position she was with the Washington State Institute for Public Policy (WSIPP) for eight years. Her demonstrated ability to apply rigorous quantitative analysis to answer critical policy questions with a focus on equity is a great addition to our team. Dani lives in Seattle with her spouse and son, Jonah, and enjoys food, movies, and spending time with family and friends.

Revisiting Math Course-Taking Trends

A recent article in The Seattle Times discussed trends in Algebra I course-taking and makes the argument that more 8th grade students should have the option to enroll in Algebra 1 prior to high school.

In Washington, although the on-grade standard for 9th grade is Algebra 1, many students take Algebra 1 in middle school. The ERDC report Exploring Mathematics Transitions looks at high school math course-taking patterns for the class of 2017. 

Math Transitions Cover

Where are students attending college?

ERDC recently completed an analysis of where Washington public high school graduates from the Class of 2019 enrolled in college. View the summary tables here.

Infographic describing out of state enrollment trends

ERDC Data in Use

As part of the Trends Projects, also known as the Community Indicators Projects, researchers at Eastern Washington University, led by Patrick Jones and Kelley Cullen, work with several regions in Washington to support “Trends” websites. These include dashboards that monitor over 100 measures related to culture, economics, education, the environment, health, housing and more. Five of these regions utilize ERDC data to better understand their community’s education trends: Spokane Trends, Benton Franklin Trends, Chelan Douglas Trends, Skagit County Trends and Yakima Valley Trends. In addition to supporting these communities through data, the project connects with about 18,000 residents through newsletter and blogs.

Our partners at the Washington Student Achievement Council recently released "Equity in Education: Washington Profile.

ERDC is Hiring!

Spread the news: ERDC is hiring for two Senior Research Analysts! Our senior research analysts will use their skills working with large administrative data files to carry out and support meaningful analysis of education and workforce data to support the research, analysis, and visualization needs of the Education Research and Data Center (ERDC).