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Required Action Districts (RAD)

The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) is required to annually recommend to the State Board of Education school districts for designation as Required Action Districts (RAD). Required Action Districts are districts that include at least one school identified as persistently lowest achieving, with the lowest levels of achievement and rates of improvement in the "all students" subgroup on state assessments in reading and mathematics for the last three consecutive years. For additional information, please see RCW 28A.657.020, RCW 28A.657.030, and Required Action District (RAD), Level I Frequently Asked Questions.

Required Action Districts – Cohort I (Designated in 2010–11; began in 2011–12)
In 2011, OSPI recommended the State Board of Education designate the first cohort of districts and their identified schools for required action:

  • Morton – Morton Junior-Senior High School
  • Onalaska – Onalaska Middle School
  • Renton – Lakeridge Elementary School
  • Soap Lake – Soap Lake Middle and Senior High School

Schools were identified based on data on state assessments for 2007–08, 2008–09, and 2009–10. These schools and their districts received federal funding to implement one of four federal turnaround models for three years (2011–12, 2012–13, and 2013–14). In spring 2015, OSPI announced that all four schools had made sufficient progress on state assessments so that they are no longer among the state's chronically lowest performing schools.

Required Action Districts – Cohort II (Designated in 2013–14; began in 2014–15)
In 2014, OSPI recommended a second cohort of districts and their identified schools for required action. Schools were identified based on data on state assessments for three years (2010–11, 2011–12, and 2012–13). The list of districts and their identified schools follows.

  • Marysville* – Tulalip Elementary School
  • Tacoma – Stewart Middle School
  • Wellpinit – Wellpinit Elementary School
  • Yakima – Washington Middle School

These districts and their schools are receiving state funding to implement one of the four federal turnaround models or the state-approved Synergy Model.

*Beginning with the 2014–15 school year, Tulalip and Quil Ceda Elementary Schools were combined into one school; the name of the combined school is "Quil Ceda Tulalip Elementary School."

In spring 2014, external teams of experienced educators conducted Academic Performance Audit reviews in each district/school. The team examined the criteria listed in RCW 28A.657.040 and addressed the potential reasons for low performance and lack of progress. Click on the link below to view the full report:

Required Action District (RAD) Guidance Handbook
The Office of Student and School Success created the document, Required Action Districts: Level One Plan Guidance, to serve several purposes. First, it describes exactly what districts need to do to satisfy requirements for Required Action Districts and to exit required action status. Next, the handbook is intended to clarify our intention that districts identified for required action build upon their current Student and School Success Action Plans when addressing concerns raised in the Academic Performance Audit Report. We created this handbook as a companion to the Student and School Success Action-Planning Handbook: A Guide for School Teams and Central Office Action Planning: Guidance for Districts with Priority and Focus Schools. We hope leadership teams will use these documents as they address Required Action District requirements and revise/amend their Student and School Success Action Plans in light of audit report findings.


Required Action Districts Level One Plan Guidance

Download the Handbook

  • Table of Contents
  • Introduction
  • Selection and Implementation of Approved Federal or State School Improvement Model
  • Submission of an Application for State Funding
  • Addressing the Findings of the Academic Performance Audit
  • Revisions to Student and School Success Action Plan
  • Summative Student Achievement Data Measures
  • Collective Bargaining Agreements
  • Parent Notification of Required Action District Status and Process
  • Required Action Plan Checklist
  • Appendix A: Step by Step Required Action Process
  • Appendix B: Required Action District (RAD), Level One Frequently Asked Questions
  • Appendix C: Crosswalk between Expected Indicators and Other High-Leverage Indistar Indicators and Nine Characteristics of High-Performing Schools
  • Appendix D: Current Level of Development-School
  • Appendix E: Current Level of Development-District
  • Appendix F: Coaching Critique Instructions and Tool



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