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Numbersort ascending Date Title File(s) Office Program
M080-15 12/28/2015 Educational Service District Accounting Manual Revisions for 2015-16 The Educational Service District Accounting Manual has been revised for the 2015-16 school year.
M079-15 01/07/2016 State-Funded Full-Day Kindergarten Eligibility This memorandum serves to notify school districts of the schools that are eligible to receive funding for voluntary, state-funded, full-day kindergarten beginning in the 2016-17 school year.
M078-15 12/18/2015 Grants for Kip Tokuda Memorial Washington Civil Liberties Public Education Program This notice provides information from the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) for a competitive grant program: the Kip Tokuda Memorial Washington Civil Liberties Public Education Program.
M077-15 01/04/2016 2015-2016 High School Academic Acceleration: Dual Credit Capacity Expansion Competitive Grants—Round 2 The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) invites Washington school districts to apply for the Round 2 Dual Credit Capacity Expansion Competitive Grant, on behalf of their high schools, to develop new capacity for dual credit courses.
M076-15 12/14/2015 Drawing and Literary Contests for Students of Spanish Please share this memorandum with district personnel associated with Bilingual, English Language Learner, and World Languages programs, elementary, middle, and high school counselors, and with community partners that offer Spanish language programs.
M075-15 12/11/2015 Restraint and Isolation Data Gathering 2015-16 The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) is providing information relative to data reporting for Restraint or Isolation of Students (Substitute House Bill 1240).
M074-15 12/15/2015 Expansion of Out-of-State Waiver Graduation Alternative The purpose of this memorandum is to provide information about the expansion of the Out-of-State (OOS) Waiver graduation alternative to include waiver opportunities for students receiving special education services who have met another state’s comparable performance level to Washington’s Certificate of Individual Achievement (CIA) cut score (previously referred to as Basic/L2).
M073-15 12/10/2015 Applications for 2016 National Youth Science Camp Delegates Washington high school seniors are encouraged to submit an application to attend the 2016 National Youth Science Camp (NYSC).
M072-15 12/03/2015 Transitioning Charter School Students to Alternative Learning Experience (ALE) Students As a result of the Washington State Supreme Court announcing that it will not reconsider its September decision declaring the state’s voter-approved law establishing charter schools unconstitutional, the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) no longer has legal authority to allocate apportionment to charter schools.
M071-15 12/01/2015 Washington State-Funded Education Leadership Intern Program Application It is the intent of the Washington State-Funded Education Leadership Intern Program to provide funds to public school districts for the partial release time of district employees participating in an administrative intern program (superintendent, principal, or program administrator) with an appropriate mentor.
M070-15 11/16/2015 2015-2016 High School Academic Acceleration: Dual Credit Capacity Expansion Competitive Grants The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) invites Washington school districts, on behalf of their high schools, to apply for funds to develop new capacity for dual credit courses by supporting teacher training, curriculum acquisition, technology, examination fees, and other costs associated with offering dual credit courses to high school students.
M069-15 11/12/2015 2016 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching Nominations are open for the 2016 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.
M068-15 11/12/2015 Innovative Schools Designation Schools are invited to apply for Washington’s Innovative Schools Designation.
M067-15 11/12/2015 2016 Washington Classified School Employee of the Year Washington's Classified School Employee of the Year program is accepting nominations.
M066-15 11/09/2015 Reporting of Selected Program Expenditures for the 2014-15 Fiscal Year The purpose of this memorandum is to request certain information on 2014-15 fiscal year program expenditures from educational service districts (ESDs) and school districts.
M065-15 11/09/2015 2016 School District Levy Authority Attached is a listing of the 2016 calendar year excess general fund maintenance and operation levy authority for those school districts headquartered in your county.
M064-15 11/05/2015 Information regarding the 2015-17 Capital Budget appropriation for STEM Grants The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI), School Facilities & Organization staff will conduct a K-20/Go to meeting briefing on Tuesday, November 17, at 1:00 p.m. to provide details about the 2015-17 Capital Budget funding for STEM grants.
M063-15 11/03/2015 2015-2016 World Language Competency Credits and Testing Information High School Credits for Bilingual Students: Students who speak, read, and write a language other than English may earn world language credits by demonstrating proficiency on nationally-recognized assessments.
M061-15 10/15/2015 Green Ribbon Schools Recognition Program: Applications Available The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction is announcing that applications are now open for the U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools Recognition Program.
M060-15 10/23/2015 U.S. Department of Education Highly Objective Uniform State Standard of Evaluation (HOUSSE) Appeal for Specific Circumstances It is the expectation of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA 2001) that all teachers who provide instruction in one or more of the 14 core academic subject areas meet the highly qualified teacher (HQT) requirements.
M059-15 10/13/2015 School Bus Inspection Results, 2014-15 School Year The Washington State Patrol (WSP) Commercial Vehicle Division conducts required inspections of all public school buses owned and operated by school districts or operated under a contract to provide student transportation services to a school district.
M058-15 10/13/2015 School Bus Safety Week, October 19-23, 2015 This year’s National School Bus Safety Week is October 19-23, 2015.
M057-15 10/06/2015 K-3 Class Size Reduction Grant Applications & 2nd K-20 Training Opportunity A K-20 videoconference is scheduled for October 16 from 9:00-10:30 a.m. Contact Kim Beaulieu at kim.beaulieu@k12.wa.us or 360-725-4953 to sign up for this important training session.
M056-15 09/17/2015 Information regarding the 2015-17 Capital Budget appropriation for Healthy Kids-Healthy Schools Grant The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI), School Facilities and Organization staff will conduct a K-20 network briefing on October 13 from 9-10:30 a.m. to provide details about the 2015-17 Capital Budget funding for Healthy Kids-Healthy Schools grants.
M055-15 10/02/2015 2015-16 Title I, Part A Academic Achievement Award Program The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) is pleased to accept nominations and applications for the 2015-16 Title I, Part A Academic Achievement Award program. The Memo PDF includes Attach A (Nine Characteristics of High Performing Schools) and Attach B (Title I, Part A Academic Achievement Award Nomination Sheet).
M054-15 10/06/2015 Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Permit to Transport and Possess Red Swamp Crayfish for School Curriculum Use The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) has issued a limited permit to transport and possess Red Swamp (Procambarus clarkii) crayfish for school science curriculum use from September 1, 2015 to August 31, 2016.
M053-15 10/02/2015 Educator Transition to Revised System, Educator Evaluation Data Collection, Evaluator Training, Teacher Training Fund, Implementation Clarifications, and Enhancements to eVAL RCW 28A.405.100 revised Washington’s teacher and principal evaluation system to support educator development and positively impact student learning.
M052-15 09/25/2015 2015-16 Title I, Part A Distinguished Schools Award Program The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) is currently accepting applications for the 2015-16 Washington State Title I, Part A Distinguished Schools Award.
M051-15 09/24/2015 Telemedicine as a Reimbursable School-based Health Care Service Since 2009-10, the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) Special Education Office has offered grants to local school districts for start-up costs associated with implementing an infrastructure of telemedicine options.
M050-15 09/23/2015 2015-16 School Year, Required Student Restraint or Isolation Law Change and New Reporting Requirement This memorandum provides information relative to Restraint or Isolation of Students, as per Substitute House Bill (SHB) 1240.
M049-15 09/17/2015 Public Hearing for Online Learning Rule Changes and 2016 Full Review Approval Cycle The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) has recently updated the online learning rules in WAC 392-502-030(1)(a)(i) that address the requirement for district programs to hold accreditation as a condition for OSPI online provider approval.
M048-15 09/10/2015 2015-16 School District Annual Recognized Civic Observances This notice provides information from the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) for K-12 teachers and administrators regarding five (5) annual Washington state civic observances in state law.
M047-15 09/03/2015 Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test Funding for College Bound Scholarship Students in Grades 9 and 10 In the 2015 legislative session, funds for grades 9 and 10 College Bound Scholarship students to take the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT) were provided in Engrossed Substitute Senate Bill (ESSB) 6052 for the 2015-16 school year.
M046-15 09/01/2015 2015-16 School Year, School Bus Driver Compliance Report Washington Administrative Code (WAC) 392-144-160 requires school districts to annually evaluate each authorized driver for continuing compliance with the provisions of chapter 392-144 WAC no later than the last business day of October.
M045-15 08/20/2015 School Capital Funding through the School Construction Assistance Program (SCAP) and Basic Building Condition Assessment (BCA) Training The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) is offering an all-day training opportunity for school district administrative staff to learn about School Capital Funding and Basic Building Condition Assessments.
M044-15 08/03/2015 WaKIDS Implementation Grants 2015-16 The purpose of this memorandum is to provide information about the WaKIDS implementation grants available to districts with new state-funded full-day kindergartens in 2015-16.
M043-15 08/12/2015 Open Doors [1418] Programs Enrollment Reporting for 2015-16 School Year This memorandum provides enrollment reporting instructions for Open Doors [1418] programs, as well as the 2015-16 funding rates for these programs.
M042-15 08/11/2015 Institutional Enrollment Reporting for 2015-16 School Year (Form E-672) This memorandum provides instructions for reporting student enrollment in the following institutional education programs: Residential Habilitation Centers; State (JRA) Long-Term Juvenile Institutions; State Operated Group Homes; County Juvenile Detention Centers; Department of Corrections Facilities; County or City Adult Jails
M041-15 08/11/2015 Direct Funding to Technical Colleges for High School Students for 2015-16 School Year This memorandum informs technical colleges of the requirements for receiving direct state funding for high school students enrolled under an interlocal agreement with a school district.
M040-15 08/10/2015 Running Start Enrollment Reporting for 2015-16 School Year This memorandum provides instructions to community and technical colleges and to Central Washington University, Eastern Washington University, Evergreen State College, Northwest Indian College, Spokane Tribal College, and Washington State University, if participating, for reporting high school students enrolled under the Running Start program (RCW 28A.600.300 through 28A.600.400).
M039-15 08/06/2015 Deactivation of the Student Learning Plan Application in the Education Data System (EDS) This is to notify all school districts and middle school principals that, as of August 21, the Student Learning Plan (SLP) application in the Education Data System (EDS) is being deactivated.
M038-15 09/30/2015 Private School Enrollment 2015-16 (Form SPI P105B); Private School Enrollment Report: Extension Program in Home-Based Instruction 2015-16 (Form SPI P105HB). RCW 28A.195.060 requires private schools in Washington state to report student enrollment annually.
M037-15 07/01/2015 State-Funded Full-Day Kindergarten Eligibility This memo serves to notify school districts of the schools that are eligible to receive funding for voluntary, state-funded, full-day kindergarten beginning in the 2015-16 school year.
M036-15 06/19/2015 Waiver of Eligibility for Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program The Western Regional Office of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has extended the automatic eligibility of participants in Washington State’s Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program (ECEAP) for a one-year period.
M035-15 06/09/2015 Career & Technical Education Statewide Course Equivalencies with Mathematics and Science The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) has, in accordance with legislation passed in the 2014 session which amended RCW 28A.700.070, RCW 28A.230.097, and RCW 28A.230.010, developed statewide course equivalencies in Mathematics and science for 21 Career & Technical Education (CTE) courses.
M034-15 06/05/2015 Updating the Required McKinney-Vento Homeless Liaison Contact List The federal McKinney-Vento Act requires each school district to designate a homeless liaison to work with homeless education issues at the local school district level, and ensure that students experiencing homelessness are identified, enrolled, and succeeding in school.
M033-15 06/01/2015 Increase and Equalization of Criminal History Background Check Fees The Washington State Patrol (WSP) is increasing their processing fee for all fingerprint background checks. The fee increase will become effective July 1, 2015.
M032-15 06/19/2015 School Meal Programs Free and Reduced-Price Meal Application Materials and Information for School Year 2015-16 All Local Education Agencies (LEAs) participating in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) or School Breakfast Program (SBP) must make free and reduced-price meals available to students.
M031-15 05/28/2015 Child and Adult Care Food Program: Family Day Care Home New and Renewing Application Materials, Federal Fiscal Year 2016 This bulletin includes information for the application process between Family Day Care Home Sponsors and new or renewing Day Care Home Providers for Federal Fiscal Year 2016.
M030-15 05/07/2015 Soliciting Student Applications for the Legislative Youth Advisory Council (LYAC) The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) is soliciting student applications for the Legislative Youth Advisory Council (LYAC).
M029-15 05/12/2015 Application for High School Mathematics Achievement Level Descriptors Committee Members As we transition to the new Washington State K-12 Mathematics Learning Standards (Common Core State Standards for Mathematics) and the assessments of those standards, the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, Mathematics Assessment Office is convening educator committees to articulate new Achievement Level Descriptors (ALDs) for the mathematics end-of-course (EOC) exit exams.
M028-15 05/19/2015 2014-15 Weapons Data Collection in Approved Private Schools State and federal laws require each approved private school to report to the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) all known incidents involving the possession of weapons on school premises, transportation systems, or in areas of facilities while being used exclusively by private schools.
M027-15 04/30/2015 Student Nominations Due for 2015 Daniel J. Evans Civic Education Awards The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) is soliciting student nominations for the 2015 Daniel J. Evans Civic Education Award.
M026-15 04/30/2015 Traffic Safety Education Program Approval Application, Form SPI/TSE M-365 (Rev. 5/15), Continuing Education Requirements for Traffic Safety Instructors Public and private schools intending to offer Traffic Safety Education (TSE) are required, under Washington Administrative Code (WAC) 392-153-014, to apply annually to the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) for program approval.
M025-15 06/01/2015 Report 1800 Series - Analysis of Food Service Operations for FY 2013-14 The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI), Child Nutrition Services (CNS), annually compiles data on aspects of food service operations and the accounting of federal funds.
M024-15 04/17/2015 Troubled Youth Planning Requirements Reminder During the 2013 legislative session, House Bill 1336 passed which directed districts to, if not already accomplished, put in place a plan to address the needs of troubled youth including training, protocols, and procedures by the end of the 2014-15 school year.
M023-15 04/15/2015 Student Transportation Key Performance Indicators In association with the Student Transportation Allocation Reporting System (STARS) efficiency rating system, the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) and the Regional Transportation Coordinators developed a limited number of key performance indicators (KPI) that were included in the 2013 efficiency reviews of those districts with efficiency ratings less than 90 percent.
M022-15 04/17/2015 Teacher Leader Professional Learning Opportunity - Washington State Fellows The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) and the nine regional Educational Service Districts (ESDs) are excited to announce a professional learning and capacity-building opportunity for mathematics, English language arts (ELA), and science teacher leaders for the 2015-16 school year!
M021-15 04/10/2015 Private Schools Annual Summer Conference The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) is pleased to announce the Private Schools Annual Summer Conference.
M020-15 04/01/2015 AESD Accreditation Authorized for the Purposes of Online Provider Approval The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) has recently approved the Association of Educational Service Districts (AESD) as an authorized accrediting body for the purposes of OSPI online provider approval.
M019-15 03/27/2015 Washington State Honors Award Nominations This memorandum provides instructions and materials to assist high schools in submitting nominations and identifying students who may qualify for a 2014-15 Washington State Honors Award.
M018-15 03/12/2015 School Transportation Relative Efficiency Ratings Associated with the implementation of the Student Transportation Allocation Reporting System (STARS) is the use of the reported data to provide a relative efficiency rating of school district transportation operations.
M017-15 03/04/2015 Washington Reading Corps Request for Applications (RFA) Available The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) and the Washington Service Corps (WSC) will release a Request for Application (RFA) for the Washington Reading Corps (WRC) on or before March 13, 2015 in OSPI iGrants Form Packages 681 for public schools and community-based organizations and 724 for early learning sites.
M016-15 02/26/2015 Community Eligibility Provision (CEP): Impact on Non-Child Nutrition Programs This memo is to provide information for non-child nutrition programs that use free and reduced price data for poverty reporting for Title I, Part A, and State Funded Programs. Section 104a of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act provides an alternative to household applications for free and reduced price meals.
M015-15 02/13/2015 Applications for 2015 National Youth Science Camp Delegates Washington high school seniors are encouraged to submit an application to attend the 2015 National Youth Science Camp (NYSC).
M014-15 02/11/2015 Draft 2015 Washington Sustainable School Protocol (WSSP) Available for Stakeholder Comments State-funded school building projects greater than 5,000 square feet are required by chapter 39.35 RCW to comply with high-performance, green building requirements.
M013-15 01/30/2015 Bridge to College English Language Arts and Mathematics Course District Registration Available for 2015-16 School Year The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI), in partnership with the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC) has received funding from the College Spark Foundation for two new course offerings available for all Washington public high schools beginning with the 2015-16 school year.
M012-15 02/19/2015 Private School Annual Approval for 2015-16 School Year Each spring, the chief administrators of private schools seeking State Board of Education approval for the following school year must file a State Standards Certificate of Compliance with the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI).
M011-15 01/22/2015 School Construction Assistance Program (SCAP) Refresher and District Level Building Condition Assessment (BCA) Training The School Facilities and Organization department at OSPI is offering two statewide, all-day training opportunities on two major topics listed below.
M010-15 01/22/2015 SSB 5197 Construction Requirements The 2013 Legislature passed SSB 5197 which amended RCW 28A.335, requiring districts to consider certain design features when constructing or modernizing schools.
M009-15 01/14/2015 Washington Transforming Professional Learning Project (WA-TPL) Phase 2 Request for Proposals The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) released a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the Washington Transforming Professional Learning (WA-TPL) district grants on December 17, 2014, in iGrants (Form Package 717, Fiscal Period 2014-15).
M008-15 01/14/2015 Decrease and Equalization of Criminal History Background Check Fees The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is reducing their processing fee for all fingerprint background checks. The fee reduction will become effective February 1, 2015.
M007-15 01/09/2015 New Office of Management and Budget Guidance Governing Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards On December 26, 2013, the federal Office of Management and Budget (OMB) issued rules that combine several OMB Circulars into one document titled “Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principals, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards.”
M006-15 01/14/2015 2016 Washington State Teacher of the Year Program Statewide Call for Regional Nominations Washington's Teacher of the Year program is accepting nominations.
M005-15 01/08/2015 Alternate Assessment Results With the 2014-15 transition of assessments aligned to the state’s new K-12 learning standards in English language arts and math, questions about expected performance outcomes have been prevalent in several conversations across the state.
M003-15 01/08/2015 2014-15 Alternate Assessment Graduation Requirement For the 2014-15 school year, the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) introduced the Washington Access to Instruction and Measurement (WA-AIM) as the alternate assessment instrument aligned to the state’s new K-12 learning standards in English language arts and math.
M002-15 01/08/2015 Potential Medicaid Eligible Student Worksheet The purpose of this memorandum is to request completion of Form SPI 1679, Potential Medicaid Eligible Student Worksheet, by those districts providing special education services to Medicaid eligible students.