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.
2018 Board Meeting Dates, Locations, and Materials*
|Date||Meeting Place||City||Forum Registration|
|January 10, 2018 to January 11, 2018||ESD 113||Tumwater||Event has concluded.|
|March 6, 2018 to March 7, 2018||SPSCC Event Center||Lacey||Event has concluded.|
|May 9, 2018 to May 10, 2018||ESD 105||Yakima||Event has concluded.|
|June 20, 2018||Community Forum: University of Washington Waterfront Activities Center||Seattle||Event has concluded.|
|July 10, 2018||Community Forum: Ferris High School||Spokane||Event has concluded.|
|July 11, 2018 to July 12, 2018||ESD 101||Spokane||N/A|
|August 9, 2018||OSPI||Olympia||N/A|
|September 11, 2018 to September 13, 2018||Semiahmoo Resort||Blaine||No forum in September.|
|November 6, 2018||Community Forum: Washington State School for the Blind||Vancouver||Registration link: https://conta.cc/2Q9irR8|
|November 7, 2018 to November 8, 2018||ESD 112||Vancouver||N/A|
*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:
- Develop and support policies to close the achievement and opportunity gaps.
- Develop comprehensive accountability, recognition, and supports for students, schools, and districts.
- Ensure that every student has the opportunity to meet career and college ready standards.
- Provide effective oversight of the K-12 system.