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Education Legislation

OSPI is the primary agency charged with overseeing K-12 public education in Washington state. The goal of this page is to inform Washington citizens about important, current legislation pertaining to our public school system.

E2SSB 6696 - Regarding Education Reform
This Governor-requested legislation, passed in 2010, aims to strengthen Washington's application for Race to the Top grants.

  • Provides authority and specifies a process for OSPI and the State Board of Education to implement an accountability system that recognizes successful schools and requires certain actions by school districts with persistently lowest-achieving schools, according to federal definitions.
  • Requires development and implementation of a new classroom Teacher/Principal Evaluation (Pilot) program with specified minimum criteria, and extends provisional status for non-supervisory certificated staff from two to three years.
  • Establishes a new process for transferring principals to a subordinate position, which applies only to principals hired after the bill takes effect and in school districts with more than 35,000 students.
  • Authorizes the Professional Educator Standards Board to accept proposals for new preparation program providers that include community colleges and non-higher education providers.
  • Requires public colleges of education that offer residency certification to submit a proposal to offer an alternative route program.
  • Requires all teacher preparation programs to administer a new evidence-based assessment to all pre-service candidates beginning in 2011-12.
  • Authorizes OSPI to provisionally adopt, by August 2, 2010, the Common Core Standards developed by a multi-state consortium, but prohibits implementation until the Legislature has an opportunity for review.

SHB 2776 - Regarding Funding Distribution Formulas for K-12 Education
Legislation enacted in 2009 (ESHB 2261) revised the definition of the program of Basic Education and established new methods for distributing state funds to school districts to support this program of Basic Education. SHB 2776, passed in 2010, adopts a new funding formula for Basic Education based on a prototypical school model meant to increase transparency. It also authorizes a phase-in period for the implementation of a new funding formula for pupil transportation.

ESHB 2261 - Concerning the State's Education System
A massive education reform bill passed during the 2009 legislative session, 2261 redefines the state's "Program of Basic Education" and the funding amounts and methods needed to fully support it. Full implementation of the bill must be completed by 2018.

  • Defines new programs of Basic Education, while mandating that no new requirements shall be implemented without associated funding.
  • Adopts the prototype schools funding model.
  • Establishes that programs shall be fully funded by the 2018-19 school year.
  • Establishes a new funding formula for pupil transportation, to begin during or before 2013.
  • Creates a roadmap for workgroups to define the details of the funding formulas.
  • Establishes the Quality Education Council to recommend phase-in to the Legislature.
  • More details

See also:

Legislative Updates
Education laws passed by this year's Legislature

K-12 Laws and Regulations
WACs and RCWs that outline the responsibilities of OSPI and others


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