Draft of State Education Plan Available
Public comments are welcome for the next 30 days
OLYMPIA — November 16, 2016 — Changes are coming to education policy in Washington state, and the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) is inviting Washingtonians to add their voice to the changes.
The ESSA draft Consolidated Plan, released today, details how the state will implement the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The plan is the result of months of work from hundreds of stakeholders across the state’s education sphere, including parents, teachers, districts statewide, tribal schools, professional education organizations, other state agencies and members of the Legislature.
Built around six core themes that guide how Washington grows student success, the plan outlines:
- setting long-term goals for success;
- consulting and coordinating with stakeholders;
- supporting the success of students and teachers; and
- providing challenging academic standards, accountability measures, and assessments for Washington’s students.
ESSA, passed in December 2015, builds on key themes of the bill it replaces, the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act, while allowing states more say in how to address struggling schools. While NCLB brought focus to education gaps across the nation, the bill was punitive towards schools that weren’t succeeding. ESSA instead allows states to dictate what measures will be taken, working to improve schools by offering professional development opportunities, teacher recruitment and retention incentives and more.
Originally slated for release earlier in the week, a technical process error held up the ESSA Consolidated Plan draft’s release. The official public comment period has been adjusted and opens today. The 30-day public comment period will conclude on December 15, 2016 at 11:59 p.m.
Public comments will be collected, considered, and included in the appendices of the Consolidated Plan when it is formally submitted to the U.S. Department of Education in mid-December.
Sponsored by Senators Patty Murray (D-WA) and Lamar Alexander (R-TN), the U.S. Congress passed ESSA in December 2015. The bill will be implemented in America’s schools in the 2017–18 school year.
Those who wish to learn more about the draft Consolidated Plan and provide public comment can do so by December 15th, 2016 by visiting http://www.k12.wa.us/ESSA.
The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) is the primary agency charged with overseeing K–12 education in Washington state. Led by State School Superintendent Randy Dorn, OSPI works with the state’s 295 school districts and nine educational service districts to administer basic education programs and implement education reform on behalf of more than one million public school students.
OSPI provides equal access to all programs and services without discrimination based on sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, honorably discharged veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability. Questions and complaints of alleged discrimination should be directed to the Equity and Civil Rights Director at (360) 725-6162 or P.O. Box 47200, Olympia, WA 98504-7200.
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