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Learning Standards

Washington state learning standards are developed by the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) based on the definition of basic education as defined by the legislature.

New ESSA Federal Accountability Plan

OSPI to Lead Public Webinars on New ESSA Federal Accountability Plan

Washington’s Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) federal accountability plan is due in September. In August, Washingtonians will have another chance to learn about the state’s plan to implement the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) federal accountability plan. The Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) is conducting four webinars (August 15, 19, 23 & 30) to provide more information about the ESSA Consolidated Plan’s creation, changes from the first draft, and how the public can provide feedback before submission to the U.S. Department of Education in September.

Superintendent of Public Instruction Chris Reykdal says that the plan “will shape our state’s education system for years to come, and it must reflect the needs of our diverse communities.”

Spring Comments Review

Throughout the spring, ESSA workgroups closely reviewed the comments received during the first round of public comment. All recommended changes were given to Superintendent Reykdal for his consideration in the next draft of the plan.

August 7 Kicks Off 30-Day Comment Period

On August 7, OSPI will release the plan to Gov. Jay Inslee for review and approval. At that time, it will also be sent to the state Legislature, the State Board of Education, and the public. This will kick off another 30-day period for students, parents, educators, administrators, and the public to register their comments on the plan. The second round of public comment will be reviewed and submitted to Superintendent Reykdal for final consideration.

ESSA Webinar Information

The four ESSA webinars will cover how OSPI has revised the Consolidated Plan since the first public comment period late last year. The plan describes how the state will use its new flexibility to support all students and address gaps for students that have been historically underserved by its education system. The plan also explains the state’s accountability system, with a focus on supporting schools that need additional assistance.

ESSA Webinar Dates & Registration

There are four webinars scheduled throughout August:

Tuesday, August 15, 4-6 p.m. (register here)
Saturday, August 19, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. (register here)
Wednesday, August 23, 5-7 p.m. (register here)
Wednesday, August 30, 6-8 p.m. (register here)

Learn More About ESSA

To learn more about ESSA in Washington state, visit the OSPI ESSA website.

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