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Mandated Workgroups

Compensation Technical Working Group
As outlined in RCW 28A.400.201, beginning in July 2011, the compensation technical working group began the process of developing an enhanced, collaboratively designed salary allocation model. The new model should align educator development and certification with compensation. It must also:

  • Attract and retain the highest quality educators.
  • Reduce the number of tiers within the existing salary allocation model.
  • Account for regions of the state where it may be difficult to recruit and retain teachers.
  • Determine the role and types of bonuses available.
  • Provide a solution to accomplish salary equalization over a set number of years.
  • Include cost estimates, including a recognition that staff on the existing salary schedule have an option to be grandfathered permanently to the existing salary schedule.
  • Conduct a comparative labor market analysis of school employee salaries and other compensation.
  • Provide a concurrent implementation schedule.

Members of this group include the Department of Personnel, the Professional Educator Standards Board, OSPI, the Washington Association of School Business Officials, the Washington Education Association, the Washington Association of School Administrators, the Association of Washington School Principals, the Washington State School Directors’ Association, the Public School Employees of Washington, and other interested stakeholders with expertise in education finance.

This group must submit their initial report to the Legislature by June 30, 2012, and must include whether or not additional work is necessary.

Data Governance and K-12 Financial Data
The K-12 Data Governance group has been established within OSPI and their purpose is to assist in the design and implementation of a data improvement system for financial, student, and educator data.

Specifically, elements that are to be part of the system include (but are not limited to):

  • Comprehensive educator information, such as courses taught, years of experience, compensation, class size, number of languages and which languages are spoken by students, and general resources available for classroom needs.
  • Robust student information, such as student characteristics, course and program enrollment, and assessment performance.
  • A dropout early warning system.
  • Separate accounting of state, federal, and local revenues and costs.
  • The capacity to link program cost information with student performance information to gauge the cost-effectiveness of programs.
  • An anonymous, non-identifiable replicated copy of data that is updated at least quarterly, and made available to the public by the state.

One of the expectations of the Data Governance Group outlined in the legislation was the identification of the critical research and policy questions that need to be addressed by the K-12 data system. A contract was secured from a consulting group to perform this work. Their full report is available and an executive summary.

Following identification of the critical research and policy questions the consulting group next conducted a gap analysis of the data needed to address the questions and the data currently collected at the state level. The consultant also identified the gaps in data collected at the state level and the data collections recommended in the National Education Data Model. The Data Gap Analysis report can be found here.

OSPI provided a preliminary status report on November 15, 2009. The K-12 Education Data Governance: Preliminary Report provides background information on the Legislative expectations for a K-12 education data system, the progress that has been made in meeting the Legislative expectations, and our future actions and plans. A final report was completed in September. The K-12 Education Data Governance and Statewide K-12 Longitudinal Data System Final Report (and Appendix) outlines the recommendations from the gap analysis consultant, provides an update on numerous activities, contains budget recommendations to maintain data governance work and fund a study on suspension and expulsion and outlines a data governance work plan.

Early Learning Technical Workgroup
The 2010 Legislature passed Senate Bill 6759, which required the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI), with assistance and support from the Department of Early Learning (DEL), to convene a technical working group to develop a comprehensive plan for a voluntary program of early learning. SB 6759 required the plan to examine the opportunities and barriers of at least two options: a program of early learning under the program of basic education, and a program of early learning as an entitlement, either statutorily or constitutionally protected.

SB 6759 also directed that the final recommendations of the Early Learning Technical Workgroup include:

  • Criteria for eligible children
  • Program standards including direct services to be provided, number of hours per school year, teacher qualifications, transportation requirements, and performance measures.
  • Criteria for eligible provider -- specifying whether they are approved, certified or licensed by DEL and whether they can be public, private, nonsectarian, or sectarian organizations.
  • Governance responsibilities for OSPI and DEL.
  • Timeline and funding necessary for implementation.
  • The role of the Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program (ECEAP), which is Washington‘s state-funded preschool program for children from low income families.

The Early Learning Technical Workgroup presented to the Quality Education Council on October 26, 2011 and submitted their report to the legislature on November 1, 2011.
Early Learning Technical Workgroup-Executive Summary
Early Learning Technical Workgroup-Final Recommendations

Levy and Local Effort Assistance Technical Working Group
Authorized by Section 6 of Chapter 235, Laws of 2010 (SHB 2776), the Levy and Local Effort Assistance Technical Working Group was charged with the following duties:

  • Develop options for a new system of supplemental school funding through local school levies and local effort assistance;
  • Recommend a phase-in plan so no school district suffers a decrease in funding due to implementation of the new system of supplemental funding;
  • Examine local school district capacity to address facility needs associated with phasing in full day kindergarten and K-3 class size reductions; and
  • Provide the Quality Education Council with analysis on the potential use of local funds that may become available for redirection due to increased state funds for pupil transportation and maintenance, supplies and operating costs.

The final report was completed on July 12, 2011 for the legislature.

Funding Formula Technical Working Group
The Funding Formula Technical Working Group is responsible for developing details of the funding formulas used to allocate state funds to school districts, recommend an implementation schedule for phase-in of increases in programs and funding, and examining possible sources of revenue to support increases. The group is convened by the Office of Financial Management (OFM) with support and assistance from OSPI. Members of the group include representatives from the Legislative Evaluation & Accountability Program Committee (LEAP), district financial managers, the Washington Association of School Business Officials (WASBO), the Washington Education Association (WEA), the Washington Association of School Administrators (WASA), the Association of Washington School Principals (AWSP), the Washington State School Directors’ Association (WSDA), the Public School Employees of Washington (PSE), and other interested stakeholders with expertise in education finance. Their report is due to the Legislature by December 1, 2009.

 

 

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