Focus Areas

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, the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) conducted five webinars 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.

30-Day Comment Period August 7 – September 6

On August 7, OSPI released the plan to Gov. Jay Inslee for review and approval. At that time, it was also sent to the state Legislature, the State Board of Education, and the public. This kicked 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.


Learn More About ESSA

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

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