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Strategic Plan


The Washington State Board of Education (SBE) began the strategic planning process in January 2018, building on prior work to shape key priorities, including the development to the Board’s Equity Statement of Intent.  The Board conducted extensive outreach to gather information to support the development of the plan and the priorities.  This included regional community forums, outreach at partner meetings, presentations to the State Board, and a public survey that reached 2,690 participants. Half of the survey participants identified as parents, while other affiliations included representatives of state agencies, community groups, students, educators, and school and college administrators. The Board drew on this feedback and developed a set of priorities during their September Retreat. A draft of the plan was available for comment in early October. The final report was approved by the Board on November 8, 2018.    

The Board is in the process of updating their Strategic Plan. The Board sought feedback from a broad range of stakeholders through our community forums and meetings to ensure the plan is responsive to the needs of our state and our communities as we seek to provide a high quality education system that prepares all students for college, career, and life. 

The strategic plan will establish goals and outline strategies that will move us toward this vision through the development of state policy for K-12 education, effective oversight of public schools, and advocating for student success.

The Board welcomed feedback from all stakeholders during this process, through a series of forums as well as through a public survey. You can review a summary of the feedback received at the Yakima, Seattle, and Spokane forums, or review the summary of all feedback received across the forums. A report on the public survey feedback is available.

A draft of the new strategic plan will be made available for public review this fall. If you are unable to attend a meeting or forum you are welcome to provide comments to the board in writing.

Map of Washington displaying where the SBE will travel during 2018

2019 Board Meeting Dates, Locations, and Materials*

Date Meeting Place City Forum Registration
January 9, 2019 to January 10, 2019 DoubleTree Olympia N/A
March 13, 2019 to March 14, 2019 SPSCC Event Center Lacey
May 8, 2019 to May 9, 2019 Confluence Technology Center Wenatchee
July 10, 2019 to July 11, 2019 Cedarbrook Lodge Seattle
September 10, 2019 to September 12, 2019 TBD Yakima
November 6, 2019 to November 7, 2019 TBD Bremerton

*Please note: community forums are always the day before the Board meeting begins.

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.