OSPI to Lead Public Webinars on New Federal Accountability Plan Throughout August

Washington’s Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) federal accountability plan is due in September.

OSPI Building, Olympia, WA

OLYMPIA — June 22, 2017 — In August, Washingtonians will have another chance to learn about the state’s plan to implement the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) federal accountability plan.

The Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) is conducting four webinars to provide more information about the ESSA Consolidated Plan’s creation, changes from the first draft, and how the public can provide feedback before submission to the U.S. Department of Education in September.

“I chose to submit our state’s ESSA plan at the later date offered by the federal government to ensure broad community engagement and support,” said Superintendent of Public Instruction Chris Reykdal. “This plan will shape our state’s education system for years to come, and it must reflect the needs of our diverse communities.”

The four ESSA webinars will cover how OSPI has revised the Consolidated Plan since the first public comment period late last year.

The Plan describes how the state will use our new flexibility to support all students and address gaps for students that have been historically underserved by our education system. Additionally, the plan explains the state’s accountability system, with a focus on supporting schools that need additional assistance.

There are four webinars scheduled throughout August:

  • Tuesday, August 15: 4–6 p.m. (register)
  • Saturday, August 19: 11 a.m.-1 p.m. (register)
  • Wednesday, August 23: 5–7 p.m. (register)
  • Wednesday, August 30: 6–8 p.m. (register)

Throughout the spring, ESSA workgroups closely reviewed the comments received during the first round of public comment. All recommended changes were given to Superintendent Reykdal for his consideration in the next draft of the Plan.

On August 7, OSPI will release the Plan to Gov. Jay Inslee for review and approval. At this time, it will also be sent to the state Legislature, the State Board of Education, and the public. This will kick off another 30-day period for students, parents, educators, administrators, and the public to register their comments on the Plan. The second round of public comment will be reviewed and submitted to Superintendent Reykdal for final consideration.

To learn more about ESSA in Washington state, visit the OSPI ESSA website.