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Educational Opportunity Gap Oversight and Accountability Committee


April 20, 2021

The EOGOAC meets on the third Tuesday of each month.

EOGOAC meetings are open to the public. If you need accommodations or language interpretation, please contact our office within 10 days prior to the meeting.

Contact Information

Center for the Improvement of Student Learning


The Educational Opportunity Gap Oversight and Accountability Committee (EOGOAC) was created by the 2009 Legislature to continue to address the achievement gap in Washington state. 

The committee is charged by RCW 28A.300.136 to synthesize the findings and recommendations from the five 2008 Achievement Gap Studies into an implementation plan and recommend policies and strategies to the Superintendent of Public Instruction, the Professional Educator Standards Board and the State Board of Education in the following areas:

  • Supporting and facilitating parent and community involvement and outreach.
  • Enhancing the cultural competency of current and future educators and the cultural relevance of curriculum and instruction.
  • Expanding pathways and strategies to prepare and recruit diverse teachers and administrators.
  • Recommending current programs and resources that should be redirected to narrow the gap.
  • Identifying data elements and systems needed to monitor progress in closing the gap.
  • Making closing the achievement gap part of the school and school district improvement process.
  • Exploring innovative school models that have shown success in closing the achievement gap.

The statute requires OSPI to identify school districts that have the most significant achievement gaps among subgroups of students and for large numbers of those students, and districts that should receive priority for assistance in advancing cultural competency skills in their workforce.

Authorizing Legislation

RCW 28A.300.136 Educational opportunity gap oversight and accountability committee - Policy and strategy recommendations.




Bill Kallappa Governor's Office of Indian Affairs
Senator Bob Hasegawa Senate, additional member appointed by the President of the Senate
Representative Alex Ybarra House of Representatives, Designee for Ranking Minority Member
Carrie Basas
* Yordanos Gebreamlak (alternate)
Office of the Education Ombuds (OEO)
Superintendent Chris Reykdal
* Tennille Jeffries-Simmons
Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI)
Fiasili Savusa
* Lydia Faitalia (alternate)
Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs (Pacific American)
Frieda Takamura
*  Erin Okuno (alternate)
Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs (Asian American)
Senator Brad Hawkins Senate,  Ranking Minority Member
Representative Lillian Ortiz-Self House of Representatives, additional member appointed by the Speaker of the House
Senator Lisa Wellman Senate, Early Learning and K-12 Education Committee Chair
Representative Sharon Tomiko Santos House of Representatives, Education Committee Chair
Dr. Renteria Valencia Commission on Hispanic Affairs
Dr. James Smith
* Dr. Tyson Marsh (alternate)
Commission on African American Affairs

Committee Co-Chairs: Representative Lillian Ortiz-Self and Fiasili Savusa

Educational Opportunity Gap Oversight and Accountability Committee