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Mission and Vision


A high quality education system that prepares all students for college, career, and life.


The mission of the State Board of Education is to lead the development of state policy for K-12 education, provide effective oversight of public schools, and advocate for student success.

Equity Statement of Intent

The Washington State Board of Education has committed to using equity as a guiding principle in its decision-making related to its statutory charges, strategic planning, and in developing annual policy proposals for consideration by the Washington State Legislature and Governor.

The Washington State Board of Education is committed to successful academic attainment for all students.  Accomplishing this will require narrowing academic achievement gaps between the highest and lowest performing students, as well as eliminating the predictability and disproportionality in student achievement outcomes by race, ethnicity, and adverse socioeconomic conditions. Read more. See SBE Equity Lens.

Strategic Plan

The 2015-2018 Strategic Plan contains four goals for the State Board of Education:

  1. Develop and support policies to close the achievement and opportunity gaps.
  2. Develop comprehensive accountability, recognition, and supports for students, schools, and districts.
  3. Ensure that every student has the opportunity to meet career and college ready standards.
  4. Provide effective oversight of the K-12 system.