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Support Programs

OSPI provides statewide leadership for several programs to support schools, students, and educators. The sections included on this page include research, data, and best practices, among other items.


Every absence is a learning opportunity lost, and can have long-term impacts on students' success in school and in life. Chronically absent students, students who miss an average of two days per month, are more likely to fall behind academically. 

Dual Credit

A dual credit course is a rigorous course taught in a college or high school that provides students the potential to earn high school and college credit. Dual credit programs include Advanced Placement, Running Start, College in the High School, Cambridge International, International Baccalaureate, and CTE Dual Credit.

Early Learning

OSPI works in partnership with other agencies and organizations to align educational opportunities for young children from birth through third grade throughout Washington's K–12 public education system.

Freshman Success

Students who pass all of their core courses in the ninth grade are four times more likely to graduate than their peers. The percentage of students who have passed all of their courses in the ninth grade is used for the accountability of high schools. 

Learning Assistance Program

LAP provides supplemental services for K–12 students scoring below grade-level standard in English language arts (ELA) and mathematics. These services focus on accelerating student growth to make progress towards grade level, with the intent of increasing academic growth during the period of time they are provided services.

Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS)

MTSS is a service delivery framework focused on prevention and problem solving for students. An integrated MTSS connects services to students in order to eliminate barriers to learning and teaching. 

Reengaging and Reducing Dropouts

The Graduation: A Team Effort (GATE) Initiative aims to increase high school graduation rates by developing and sustaining a prevention/intervention system and reengaging youth who have dropped out. 

School Improvement

Every three years, schools are identified to receive support based on the Washington School Improvement Framework. Based on three tiers, supports include funding, professional development, and increased access to content specialists and learning communities, among others.

Student Discipline

Each school district adopts policies, consistent with state laws, that describe which behaviors are and are not acceptable. OSPI supports students, families, and schools with student discipline by making rules, providing technical support, maintaining resources, and monitoring schools for compliance with the law. 

Understanding the Adolescent Brain

This resource was developed through a contract with Harvard’s Center on the Developing Child as a means to provide a resource specifically devoted to adolescent development. It is designed for teachers, practitioners, parents and adolescents themselves.