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  About OSPI

The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) is the primary agency charged with overseeing K-12 public education in Washington state. Led by State School Superintendent Randy Dorn, OSPI works with the state’s 295 school districts to administer basic education programs and implement education reform on behalf of more than one million public school students. OSPI is housed in the Old Capitol Building in Olympia.

Funding Our Schools
The financial management of schools rests with locally elected school boards in the state’s 295 school districts. The state, through OSPI, supervises school district budgeting, accounting, and financial reporting to provide consistent financial management and accountability. The State Auditor conducts regular examinations of school districts’ finances to ensure sound accounting practices and compliance with state and federal fiscal policy.

Data About Our Schools
We collect a great deal of data about our schools and operations. The School Report Card is a parent-friendly resource for data on student demographics, student performance and school staff in our state. The new Comprehensive Education Data and Research System (CEDARS) is an online system that captures every district's data on courses, students and teachers.

Assessing Our Students
State and federal law requires testing to determine whether students are achieving state standards. Our state tests fulfill the requirements of the Washington State Educational Reform Law of 1993 (ESHB 1209) and the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act

 

Washington State Public Education

9 educational service districts (ESDs)
295 school districts
2,300+ schools
1.04 million students
53,600 + teachers
$13.78 billion annual budget (2011-13)

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ESD Directory
School District Directory
School Building Directory

State Report Card

Old Capitol Building, PO Box 47200, 600 Washington St. S.E., Olympia, WA  98504-7200  (360) 725-6000  TTY (360) 664-3631
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