The African American Studies Workgroup was created in 2020 to develop recommendations for integrating, in a regular and ongoing basis, African American history. This includes examinations of racism and the history of the civil rights movement into curriculum, provided to students in grades seven through twelve.
Authorizing bill/law: SSB 6168 and RCW 28A.150.210
The Advisory Committee's task is to gather data related to children of incarcerated parents, identify programs to serve their needs, and to eliminate policy (and other) barriers that prevent a child from receiving support.
Legislation: RCW 43.63A.068
The Compensation Technical Working Group was created by ESHB 2261 and is tasked to create an enhanced salary allocation model aligned to educator development and certification with compensation, conduct a comparative labor market analysis of employee salaries, determine the role and types of bonuses available and account for regions of the state where it may be difficult to recruit and retain teachers.
Legislation: ESHB 2261 - RCW 28A.400.201
The Expanded Learning Opportunities (ELO) Council is charged by RCW 28A.630.123 to advise the Governor, the Legislature, and OSPI regarding a comprehensive expanded learning opportunities system.
Legislation: Second Substitute Senate Bill 6163
The Race and Ethnicity Student Data Task Force was created in 2016 to review the U.S. Department of Education 2007 race and ethnicity reporting guidelines and develop race and ethnicity guidance for the state.
Legislation: Fourth Substitute House Bill 1541
EHB 2242 Sec. 905 requires OSPI to convene and facilitate a stakeholder technical working group to develop a model salary grid for school district use in developing locally determined compensation plans for certificated instructional staff.
Authorizing bill/law:EHB 2242 Sec. 107
The School Day Task Force was created in 2018 to make recommendations to define the duties and responsibilities that entail a "school day" under the state's statutory program of basic education.
Authorizing bill/law: E2SSB 6362 Sec. 209
The 2019 Legislature tasked OSPI with convening a workgroup to review sexual health education curricula and the 2016 Health Education K–12 Learning Standards. The workgroup was tasked with considering revisions to sexual health laws as well as the merits and challenges of requiring all schools to offer comprehensive sexual health education to students in all grades by September 1, 2022.
In 2015, the Legislature directed OSPI to convene a workgroup to recommend comprehensive benchmarks for developmentally appropriate interpersonal and decision-making knowledge and skills of social and emotional learning for grades kindergarten through high school that build upon what is being done in early learning.
Legislation passed in 2018 directed OSPI to convene a technical workgroup, including representatives of diverse school districts and education stakeholders, to review the staffing enrichments to the program of basic education detailed in section 904 of EHB 2242. Final recommendations from the Workgroup were provided to the education policy and operating budget committees of the Legislature on December 1, 2019.
Authorizing bill/law: EHB 2242 Sec. 903-305
The Student Discipline Task Force was initiated in 2013 to develop; Standard definitions for causes of student disciplinary actions taken at the discretion of the school district, and data collection standards for disciplinary actions that are discretionary and for disciplinary actions that result in the exclusion of a student from school.
Legislation RCW 28A.600.490
In the 2014 Supplemental Budget, $117,000 of the 2015 general fund was directed to OSPI to convene a task force to design a performance-based assistance and accountability system for the Transitional Bilingual Instruction Program.
Legislation: ESSB 6002 Section 501 [y])