Parents, students, teachers, and community members can help shape the public education policy that will affect students for years to come.
The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction created a draft Consolidated Plan outlining how the state intends to implement the federal Every Student Succeeds Act(ESSA).
The plan is the result of a nearly yearlong effort between the agency and stakeholders, including parents, districts from across the state, higher education institutions, tribes, other state agencies, educational organizations and members of the Legislature.
Beginning today, OSPI will educate the public and solicit public comment during a “review tour.” The tour will wrap up with a webinar later in the month.
The Consolidated Plan draft addresses gaps in the education system, and works to promote equitable access and opportunity for all Washington students, particularly low-income students.
ESSA builds on themes of the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act, which it is replacing, while allowing states more say in how to address struggling schools.
OSPI’s Consolidated Plan draft will be open for review and public comment for 30 days before public comments will be reviewed and provided to Superintendent Dorn for consideration.
The plan will then be finalized and submitted to the U.S. Department of Education for final review in late December.
Sponsored by Senators Patty Murray (D-WA) and Lamar Alexander (R-TN), the U.S. Congress passed ESSA in December 2015. The bill will be implemented in America’s schools in the 2017–18 school year.
Those who wish to learn more about the Consolidated Plan draft review tours and public comment period can do so at www.k12.wa.us/essa.
Review tour dates