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  • It should not take events like what happened in Uvalde to get us to see that our students deserve better. It is not enough to offer condolences. We need to focus on what we can do. As a Board, that’s what we will do.

    The first priority in our strategic plan is that “All students feel safe at school and have the supports necessary to thrive.” In this moment in history, it is a goal that... more

  • GraduateNew data has been collected (survey and focus groups) for the second year of a three-year project that will inform the State Board’s understanding of district perceptions regarding the new high school diploma... more

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

  • The High School and Beyond Plan is a graduation requirement for every student. It's a process 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. A High School and Beyond Plan is one of the three components, along with Credit and Subject Area... more

  • The Washington State High School Diploma is comprised of three parts: the High School and Beyond Plan, credit and subject area requirements, and new graduation pathway options. Use any of the developed graphics in this shared folder to communicate about it!... more

  • SBE held its latest Board meeting January 19-20, and discussed private schools, graduation requirements, charter schools, legislative session, and more. The Board also welcomed new members (photographed left to right) ... more

  • Washington Graduation Requirements Infographic for Students and Families (PDF)

    Learn more about diploma requirements, including the High School and Beyond Plan as well as number of... more

  • Donalda, Pavan, and McKennaSBE held its first hybrid Board meeting in two years on May 11-12 in Chelan, and discussed student voting authority on the Board, institutional education, interim planning, private school approvals... more

  • Donalda and her dog, BrownieThe State Board of Education is excited to announce the addition of Donalda Brantley as new student Board member, and east-side student... more

  • The State Board of Education (SBE) welcomes new members Dr. Angela Griffin, Brooke Brown, and Dr. Dana Riley Black.... more

  • SBE is a 16-member board, including two student members. Under current law, all the board members can vote except for the student members. In 2019, the Board changed its bylaws to allow students to make an advisory vote, but a statutory change is needed to allow student votes to count. The State Board’s request legislation would extend voting authority to the student members on the Board,... more

  • Student Board Members are valued voices on the State Board, and are able to participate in SBE's Student Voice Committee which explores ways students can have a more active role in education policy issues. Each year the Association of Washington Student Leaders (AWSL) selects a sophomore student to serve through their senior year on the AWSL Student Voice & Advocacy Board who will also... more

  • On February 25, beginning at 1:00 p.m., the State Board of Education (SBE) will host a special meeting where the Board will review and discuss a draft of emergency rules about the emergency graduation requirements waiver program. The draft is available to the public. The Board will... more
  • As part of our work on the alignment of graduation requirements with the Washington Profile of a Graduate, SBE staff attended the Association of Washington Student Leaders (AWSL) student voice meeting on April 11, the Washington State School Directors Association (WSSDA) Student Representative Network meeting on April 18, and held a student listening session facilitated by SBE student members... more

  • It's the end of the school year, let's reflect. Graduation pathway options went into effect for the Class of 2020, but the last two years have been anything but typical. How, after more than two years in a pandemic, do we see our students' pathways to graduation and life after high school? What can our system set as the... more

  • The State Board of Education will say farewell to one of its most influential student Board members at the upcoming May Board meeting: McKenna Roberts. McKenna was selected by the Association of Washington Student Leaders as a sophomore and served on the Board during her junior and senior years. She is passionate about representing students in rural settings (she will graduate from Okanogan... more

  • The Washington State Board must adopt a seal, and that seal shall be kept in the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (28A.305.130). 

    Adopted on behalf of the Board in summer 2022 with 100 percent donated funds, the State Board’s seal is an... more

  • 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... more

  • 2020 Teacher of the Year, Amy Campbell visited SBE during a lunch-time session at the November Board meeting and shared her expertise and experience teaching students in special education at Helen Baller Elementary School (Camas School District). Amy believes all children can learn, and to achieve her vision of academic success for all, she implements innovative strategies geared toward... more

  • If you wish to give public comment at any meeting, you may sign up at the meeting (either in-person or on Zoom).

    Date Agenda + Materials Place City January 19-20... more
  • 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 (... more

  • The following is courtesy of the Washington State Department of Health. Schools can share the following resources with their families and educators to help them identify and understand behavioral health impacts during the COVID-19 pandemic and to give them strategies and resources for reducing those impacts.

    Toolbox for Families
    The... more

  • List of Charter Schools  |  Documents  |  Timeline for Applications  |  FAQs  |  Resources

    The State Board of Education has multiple responsibilities under the charter school law for administration, oversight and reporting... more

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

    Additional Resources

    Legislature—Civic Education (http://... more

  • SBE held its latest Board meeting December 2, and discussed ethnic studies, private school rules, legislative updates, and more. Find documents from the meeting and links to TVW’s live stream on SBE’s Simbli page... more

  • Statewide Indicators of Educational System Health

    Our 2020 report shows that while Washington is improving on some key education performance indicators, the rate of improvement is not enough to achieve the long term goals the state has set for its students. It is appropriate to acknowledge the incremental improvement in Washington’s educational outcomes, but also important to retain... more

  • Equity Statement

    The Washington State Board of Education centers equity as a guiding principle in fulfilling its statutory charge, strategic planning, and policymaking.

    The Board believes that the state’s school system exists to empower each student and ensure they are caring, contributing, and civically engaged community members.

    The Board is committed to academic... more

  • Fife Public Schools Career and College Readiness pageFife Public Schools has had their High School and Beyond Plan (HSBP) process in place for over 15 years, though the... more

  • The Washington State Board of Education (SBE) approved emergency rules Wednesday, April 8 that allow flexibility and local-approval following extensive school building closures due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

    At a special Board Meeting April 8, the State Board of Education adopted emergency rules that allow school districts to apply for greater flexibility in awarding a diploma to high... more

  • 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... more

  • **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. The Board confirms dates for the subsequent calendar year at our September annual planning meeting. Find materials and agendas on SBE's meetings site. If you wish to give public comment at any meeting, you may sign up at the meeting (either in-person or on Zoom). Written comment is... more

  • 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. [... more

  • 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. [... more

  • 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... more

  • 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... more

  • 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. [... more

  • 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... more

  • As a state, we are experiencing great uncertainty with the recent COVID-19 outbreak. There is little left without impact. Like many of you, we have had to consider alternative and digital options in order to continue working to serve our students and the education community. That’s why, today, April 1 (National Census Day) is good opportunity to remind you of the completely digital or mail-in... more

  • 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... more

  • SBE held its Board meeting July 14-15, and discussed emergency waiver program and instructional hours rules, graduation pathway options research, legislative priorities, basic education, a student panel with the Root of our Youth, and more. You can find documents from the meeting on SBE’s Simbli... more

  • The following is a brief summary of the July Board Meeting held this past week: 

    McKenna Roberts, new student member. During the July meeting, junior McKenna Roberts (Okanogan) was sworn-in as the east-side student representative. 

    Legislative panel. Senator... more

  • Student Board members cast official votes for the first time in the SBE’s 145-year history as the Board passed a resolution honoring student voice. The meeting was July 13-14 (in Spokane and on Zoom). The Board also swore-in student representative Donalda Brantley and held a panel... more

  • New Board Chair, Bill Kallappa and Vice Chair, Harium Martin-Morris were elected on the State... more

  • 2022 Legislative Platform (click to enlarge)

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  • On November 4, the State Board is excited to host 2020 Washington State Teacher of the Year, Amy Campbell. At 12:15 p.m., Amy will present to the Board and take questions about her expertise in education. Amy Campbell

    After earning her Master in Teaching... more

  • SBE held its latest Board meeting March 9-10, and discussed private schools rules, graduation data, emergency waivers, graduation requirements alignment, legislative session, and more. Find documents from the meeting and links to TVW’s live stream on SBE’s meeting page.

    Private Schools... more

  • The legislatively-mandated Mastery-based Learning Work Group has released its 2020 report showcasing recommendations for implementing mastery-based education in Washington classrooms. The following is an introductory message from the Work Group.... more

  • The State Board of Education hosted a student voice panel on August 24 from 12:30-2:00 p.m. facilitated by Margarita Amezcua (SBE's west-side student Board member). The session was entitled "Modern Day Racism in Education."

    The goal of this panel was to give policymakers a better understanding of the problems that students of color face in... more

  • Recently, SBE hosted leaders in Native education for an in-depth panel discussion on compact schools, inclusivity, partnerships, and more. The panel was facilitated by Bill Kallappa (SBE Board member) and Makah tribal member. 

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

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

  • The Board held its meeting November 3-4, and discussed private school rules, the SBE legislative platform, ethnic studies, elementary science equity, graduation requirements, and more. Special guests included:

    • Dr. Verónica Vélez, Associate Professor, Secondary Education and Education & Social Justice at... more
  • Consider an arts option for creative students

    New graduation requirements in Washington have sparked important conversations since rules were adopted in November. SBE hosted its third forum on new graduation pathway options for students (... more

  • Launch Profile of a Graduate graphicLearn more about how we're collecting feedback to align current graduation requirements to... more

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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... more

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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... more

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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... more

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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... more

  • During the first day of the July meeting, the State Board of Education honored past, present, and future student Board members by passing a resolution honoring student voice. The resolution comes after last session when the legislature passed SSB 5497, giving student members voting rights on the Board. Just before the resolution passed with full Board support, past members Autymn Wilde (now at... more

  • State Board of Education Resolutions

    2021 | 2019 | 2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2010 | 2009 | 1993... more

  • The legislatively-mandated Mastery-based Learning Work Group has released its 2020 report showcasing recommendations for mastery-based education in Washington. The following is an introductory letter... more

  • Current rulemaking activity  |  General rulemaking FAQ  |  Feedback

    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... more

  • Washington State Board of Education (SBE) former Chair, Kevin Laverty, and Private Schools Representative and Board Member, Judy Jennings will end their terms on the Board beginning January 2020. The following is a statement about Kevin and Judy’s contributions to education in their capacities at SBE from Chair Peter Maier.

    Former Chair and respected colleague, Kevin Laverty, has... more

  • 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... more
  • Rulemaking timeline graphicSBE shared this graphic timeline of the rulemaking process in the... more

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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... more

  • Leaders in Native Education panel
    In about one week, on Thursday, September 17 from 9:00 - 11:00 a.m., SBE Board Members... more

  • Profile of a Graduate listening sessionsEducators, families, community members, the State Board of Education wants to hear from you about graduation and how students show they are prepared with the skills needed to thrive in life... more

  • 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,... more

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  • SBE held its annual retreat and Board meeting September 15-17 and discussed graduation requirements rules, legislative priorities, private schools, and more. You can find a recording of the retreat and meeting on SBE’s meetings page, as well as links to approved/adopted items. Find also a link to SBE’s new document management system (... more

  • EC CommitteeIt was another historic meeting this September as student member Pavan Venkatakrishnan was elected to the Board’s Executive Committee (it provides guidance on the Board’s agenda and oversight of the budget). The Executive Committee is now... more

  • SBE is excited to offer funding and support to eighteen schools across our state. These awards support mastery-based learning (MBL) - sometimes called competency-based education. SBE invited schools to apply to be part of the state’s new Mastery-based Learning Collaborative (MBLC). Schools were selected through a competitive process with the goal of fully implementing this learning model over... more

  • Summary: Governor J. Inslee has appointed Kevin Wang, former educator and Microsoft engineer to the Washington State Board of Education.

    Educator, engineer, and social entrepreneur, Kevin Wang of Bellevue was appointed to the State... more

  • ISB EventSBE and the Institute for Systems Biology (ISB) co-hosted an event this past week to take a deeper look into STEM education. The goal of the evening was to take a deeper look at the work that ISB Education is doing to help engage students more deeply with... more

  •  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... more

  • Last week, student Board Member, Autymn Wilde (Spokane Valley), gave her final presentation to the State Board of Education virtually. As a junior member last year, and this year, as mentor and senior, Autymn brought a passion for student support and advocacy for student well-being to the Board. In her... more

  • On March 1, the Washington State House of Representatives debated the bill that would give student members voting rights on the Board. The bill passed with 60 yeas and 38 nays. Both student representatives and several of their peers had testified in... more

  • At the last Board Meeting in Tacoma, Student Board Member Autymn Wilde presented about the kinds of supports students need and how she hopes her work on the Board will help students in the future. 

    Autuymn focused on support for students experiencing chronic absenteeism, students pursuing a 504 plan (often used in special education), and discussed the need for more student and... more

  • This past week, students from different high schools in Washington... more

  • The following is an open letter to the Washington State education community

    Dear Partners in Education,

    The State Board of Education would like to recognize our state’s students, teachers, administrators, educational staff associates, educational support professionals, parents, and caregivers for facing one of the most trying times of our generation—and for doing it with... more

  • The Washington State Board must adopt a seal, and that seal shall be kept in the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (28A.305.130). 

    Adopted on behalf of the Board in summer 2022 with 100 percent donated funds, the State Board’s seal is an... more

  • The Superintendent's High School Art Show happens every year. It is co-hosted by OSPI and the Washington Art Education Association (WAEA). The State Board of Education (staff and Board members) select a piece for the State Board of Education Award and scholarship in support of young... more

  • Several schools in Washington embody some of the characteristics of the Mastery-based Learning Work Group’s vision for MBL.

    Delta High School (Pasco) and Avanti High School (Olympia) are both small choice schools that students opt into based on interest in a different education experience than is provided... more

  • Download the two-page resourceIn our state, there are both required and encouraged... more

  • What skills should go in Washington State's Profile of a Graduate? How do Washington students show they are prepared with the skills needed to thrive in life after high school? The Legislature has instructed the Mastery-based Learning Work Group to explore what skills would be highlighted in Washington State's vision for high school graduates.... more