Comments Welcome on State’s Federal Education Draft Plan
OLYMPIA — August 7, 2017 — Your chance to provide comments on Washington’s state education plan begins today, State Superintendent Chris Reykdal announced.
The 30-day comment period will end on Sept. 5.
The federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) passed in December 2015. The law requires every state to submit a Consolidated Plan to the U.S. Department of Education. Superintendent Reykdal will submit Washington’s plan on Sept. 18.
"I want to thank everyone who worked on the Plan, from the experts who worked in 13 workgroups to those who provided comments during the public comment period to those who provided comments during OSPI’s regional forums or our public webinars," said Superintendent of Public Instruction, Chris Reykdal.
"All of you have made this the best state Plan possible. There will be many opportunities over the next few years to review the Plan and make changes as we improve our efforts, our data collection, and understanding of the key variables that contribute to greater student success. As we have done in this effort, we will actively engage students, educators, parents, and community members in future revisions."
In part, the plan details how school and district success will be measured and accounted for, as well as how the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) will support success. It also addresses opportunity gaps in the education system.
The nine core concepts that lay the foundation for the plan are:
- Title I, Part A: Improving Basic Programs Operated by Local Educational Agencies
- Title I, Part C: Education of Migratory Children
- Title I, Part D: Prevention and Intervention Programs for Children and Youth Who Are Neglected, Delinquent, or At-Risk
- Title II, Part A: Supporting Effective Instruction
- Title III, Part A: English Language Acquisition, Language Enhancement, and Academic Achievement
- Title IV, Part A: Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grants
- Title IV, Part B: 21st Century Community Learning Centers
- Title V, Part B, Subpart 2: Rural and Low-Income School Program
- Title VII, Subpart B of the McKinney Vento-Homeless Assistance Act: Education for Homeless Children and Youth Program
During the first comment period in 2017, OSPI received comments from educators, parents, community organizations, and legislators. That feedback helped shape the current draft, and this is another opportunity for the public to mold Washington state’s education accountability system.
Those wishing to learn more about the plan can do so at one of five webinars planned throughout August. Sign up to attend the webinars on OSPI’s ESSA website.
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 Chris Reykdal, OSPI works with the state’s 295 school districts and nine educational service districts to administer basic education programs and improve student achievement 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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