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Institutional Education

Washington state provides K–12 basic education services to incarcerated and previously incarcerated juveniles. The goal is to provide these students the opportunity to meet the same learning standards that all children in the state are expected to meet. OSPI oversees the four educational service districts and more than 35 school districts that provide these services to six programs:

  • Residential habilitation centers
  • Long term juvenile institutions
  • Community facilities
  • County detention centers
  • Department of Corrections
  • County and city jails

Funding for the programs is provided at the federal and the state level. Title I, Part D of the Every Student Succeeds Act specifies that federal funds are allocated to state education agencies. The money is used to provide services needed to make a successful transition from institutionalization to further schooling, training or employment; to prevent at-risk youth from dropping out of school; and to provide them with a support system to ensure their continued education.

Because institutional education is a part of basic education, the state also provides funding to the programs. The funding is based on a formula calculated on pupil-to-staff funding ratios, but that formula hasn't changed enough to reflect the current needs of the students. In response, OSPI has in recent years convened two workgroups and published reports from each:

  • 2011: This workgroup recommended changes in three areas: program design/implementation, funding and accountability.
  • 2016: This workgroup recommended changes in the funding formulas for institutional education to bring the students closer to general education students' funding.

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