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  • If you are a student or family member of a student, see the Families and Students page. Or, click on your year to see the state graduation requirements. Students are assigned an expected graduation year at the time they enter ninth grade (WAC 180-51-035). They are held to the...

  • Washington State Science Learning Standards: Resources for Teachers, Administrators, Parents, and Students

    Infographic on NGSS/WSSLS

    The Washington State 2013 K-12 Science Learning Standards (WSSLS) are the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). These standards describe what students should know and be able to do at each grade level. The State Board of...

  • At the meeting of the Washington State Board of Education, September 13, 2017, the following resolution was proposed and approved unanimously:

    WHEREAS, Washington State’s Constitution states that it is the “paramount duty of the state to educate all children residing within its borders…”, and,

    WHEREAS, under the U.S. Supreme Court decision Plyler v. Doe, 457 U.S. 202 (1982), all children have an equivalent right to attend public...

  • Statewide K-12 Accountability

    The State Board of Education is responsible for implementing a standards-based accountability framework that creates a unified system of increasing levels of support for schools in order to improve student achievement (RCW 28A.305.130).

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  • To meet the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) graduation pathway option, students must meet the minimum score on the Armed Forces Qualification Test (AFQT) to be eligible to serve in a branch of the armed services at the time the student takes the test. The AFQT is a component of the ASVAB (not a separate test). Satisfying this graduation pathway option meets requirements in both English and math.

    The current...

  • The SBE collects compliance information annually

    The State Board of Education (SBE) collects compliance information annually online (through Igrants, form package 600) from each school district in Washington.

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  • Starting in 2015, the State Board of Education, with the support of a National Association of State Boards of Education Deeper Learning Stipend, has explored and discussed career readiness within the context of Washington’s high school diploma. The SBE has held joint meeting with Washington’s Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board and has met with and discussed career readiness with agency partners, parents, students, community...

  • Please visit the OSPI Civics web page for more information.

    Additional Resources

    Legislature—Civic Education (http://leg.wa.gov/civiced/Pages/default.aspx)
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  • Statewide Indicators of Educational System Health

    2018 Report on the Statewide Indicators of Educational System Health

    Link to Statewide Indicators of Education System Health

    Our 2018 report...

  • Equity Statement

    The Washington State Board of Education uses equity as a guiding principle in carrying out its statutory charges, strategic planning, and policymaking.

    The Board believes that the state’s school system exists to empower all students and assure they are ready to become productive, caring, and civically engaged community members.

    The Board is committed to successful academic attainment for all students...

  • Connie FletcherGovernor-appointed former Board Member, Connie Fletcher, is recognized nationally for comitment to closing achievement gaps and support for students, educators
    OLYMPIA, WA -- The National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) announced Tuesday...

  • **SBE will hold a Public Forum in Bremerton on November 5 regarding the equity and adequacy of the new graduation pathway options enacted by legislation.

  • The Board typically meets bimonthly.

    2020 Meetings:

    Date Place City January 15-16 ESD 113 Tumwater March 11-12 TBD Tacoma May 13-14 TBD Pasco July 8-9 NEWESD 101 Spokane September 15-17 TBD Anacortes November 4-5 TBD Vancouver

    2021 Meetings:

    Date Place City January 6-7 SPSCC Lacey March 10-11 TBD Olympia May 12-...
  • Legislation passed in the 2019 session (...

  • Click on your year to see the state graduation requirements. Students are assigned an expected graduation year at the time they enter ninth grade (WAC 180-51-035). They are held to the graduation requirements of that graduation year regardless of the year they actually complete high school. [Back to Graduation...

  • Click on your year to see the state graduation requirements. Students are assigned an expected graduation year at the time they enter ninth grade (WAC 180-51-035). They are held to the graduation requirements of that graduation year regardless of the year they actually complete high school. [Back to Graduation...

  • NOTICE: New legislation was passed in the 2017 legislative session that affects assessment graduation requirements. We are working to update these webpages. For more information, click here.

    Click on your year to see the state graduation requirements. Students are assigned an expected graduation year at the time they enter ninth grade (...

  • NOTICE: New legislation was passed in the 2017 legislative session that affects assessment graduation requirements. We are working to update these webpages. For more information, click here.

    Click on your year to see the state graduation requirements. Students are assigned an expected graduation year at the time they enter ninth grade (...

  • Click on your year to see the state graduation requirements. Students are assigned an expected graduation year at the time they enter ninth grade (WAC 180-51-035). They are held to the graduation requirements of that graduation year regardless of the year they actually complete high school. [Back to Graduation...

  • Graduation pathway options have replaced the explicit link between the state assessment and graduation. The Washington State Board of Education (SBE) today adopted rules regarding graduation requirements at a public meeting in Bremerton.  In addition, the rules update the High School and Beyond Plan, and clarify and update credit graduation requirements to align with...

  • The High School and Beyond Plan is a graduation requirement for every student. It's a tool for students, parents, and teachers to guide students through high school and think about their future. Plans are personalized and designed to help students set, visualize, and work to achieve goals.

    Requirements
    High-Quality Plans
    Additional Resources

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  • The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) was first administered in 1969, and is the largest continuing and nationally representative assessment of what the nation’s students know and can do in mathematics, reading, and other subjects. Standard administration practices are used to provide a common measure of student achievement. NAEP is given to a representative sample of students across the country. Results are reported for...

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  • The Washington State high school diploma was developed to be flexible, meaningful, and achievable.    All students deserve a meaningful education that helps them achieve their academic and life goals. Whether deciding to pursue a career as a doctor or a machinist, serve in the military or enter the technology sector, Washington State students have numerous career choices post-high school. Washington state’s high school diploma provides...
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    2019

  • Read the November Board Meeting recap: November in Bremerton.

    You can also review meeting and additional materials online and watch ...

  • The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) will conduct elections this fall to fill positions on the State Board of Education and board positions on the state’s nine educational service districts (ESD). State Board of Education candidates must...

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    2013 Anti-Bullying Resolution

    Supporting Inclusion of Students in Anti-Bullying Policymaking

    Adopted on November 15, 2013

    WHEREAS the State Board of Education affirms its commitment to strongly support the inclusion of students in the development of anti-bullying policies...

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    Resolution to Approve Washington State Graduation Requirement Framework: Career and College Ready

    Adopted on January 9, 2014

    WHEREAS, Our children are our state’s future and our education system must prepare them now for the continuing challenges of the 21st century; and

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    2014 Resolution on the McCleary School Funding Decision and school funding proposals entertained during the 2015 Legislative Session

    Adopted on September 10, 2014

    WHEREAS the Washington State Constitution establishes, as the paramount duty of the state, to make ample provision...

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    2014 Resolution to Raise Awareness of School Discipline Concerns and Best Practices

    Adopted on March 6, 2014

    WHEREAS the State Board of Education affirms its commitment to improving school discipline practices in Washington by collaborating with districts and communities, to promote best...

  • State Board of Education Resolutions

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    2019 Resolutions

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  • The State Board of Education has the authority to creates rules for public and approved private schools in Washington state. Rules developed by SBE can be found in Title 180 WAC.

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  • Composition of the Board will include 16 members:

    • 5 members elected by public school directors - 2 in eastern Washington, 3 in western Washington
    • 1 member at-large elected by private schools
    • The superintendent of public instruction
    • 7 members appointed by the governor
    • 2 student members selected by the Association of Washington Student Leaders Student Steering Committee

    All...

  • Rulemaking timeline graphicSBE shared this graphic timeline of the rulemaking process in the September Board Meeting materials. It shows what has...

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    The Washington State Board of Education (SBE) recently hosted it's annual Board retreat in Yakima September 10-12. One of the days featured a presentation about the upcoming release of SBE's annual report (...

  • Tradition Starts Here sign at the Yakama Nation Tribal School entranceSchool Spirit and Student-focused Support at the Yakama Nation Tribal School

    Tradition starts here. That’s the signage that greets students, teachers, and during this past week’s SBE annual...

  • The State Board of Education (SBE) welcomes Mary Fertakis, M.Ed., and Jan Brown to the Board following this past fall’s election. Mary will represent Western Washington (region 3), and Jan will be the Board’s new Private Schools representative. MJ Bolt (SBE Vice Chair) ran uncontested and will continue to represent Eastern Washington (region 1).

    “The Board is excited to welcome two new perspectives from Mary and Jan, and to...

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  •  5 categories included in the 2019-23 Strategic Plan

    The Washington State Board of Education (SBE) envisions an education system where students are engaged in personalized education pathways that prepare them for civic engagement, careers, postsecondary education, and lifelong...

  • Waivers Rule Criteria

    • In November 2012, the State Board of Education adopted rules to establish criteria for evaluation of requests for waivers under RCW 28A.305.140-141 from the basic education requirement of a minimum 180-day school year.
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