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In collaboration with educators, students, families, local communities, business, labor and government partners, the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction leads, supports, and oversees K-12 education, ensuring success of all learners.
Randy Dorn State Superintendent of Public Instruction

Ken Kanikeberg Chief of Staff
Alan Burke K-12 Education
JoLynn Berge Chief Financial Officer
Robert Butts Early Learning
Andrew Kelly Student and School Success
Gil Mendoza Special Programs and Federal Accountability
Robin Munson Assessment and Student Information
Dan Newell Secondary Education
Peter Tamayo Information Technology Services
Jessica Vavrus Teaching and Learning
Ben Rarick State Board of Education

 

Randy I. Dorn

Randy I. Dorn
superintendent@k12.wa.us
(360) 725-6004

Randy Dorn, Washington state’s 15th superintendent of public instruction, supports the state’s 295 school districts and nine educational service districts. Together they administer basic education programs and implement education reform to the more than one million students in the state. Superintendent Dorn:

  • Distributes billions of dollars in state and federal money to districts.
  • Works with districts to ensure school buildings and buses are safe.
  • Creates statewide learning standards.
  • Monitors the teacher certification process, and provides professional development for teachers.
  • Oversees recommendations for textbooks and classroom materials.
  • Oversees an assessment system that monitors how students are learning the statewide standards.

As head of OSPI, Superintendent Dorn also directs an agency of about 400 employees.

 

Ken Kanikeberg

Ken Kanikeberg, Chief of Staff
ken.kanikeberg@k12.wa.us
(360) 725-6115

The Chief of Staff oversees internal agency operations and external agency programs, and he provides leadership and resources for improving curriculum, instruction, and assessment to support districts in implementing the four learning goals so all students develop skills necessary for their future. The Chief of Staff:

  • Directs the administration of agency operations.
  • Manages the development, administration, and evaluation of agency policies and procedures that assist staff in operations of the agency.
  • Oversees all divisions within the agency and directs oversight of Financial Resources, Governmental Relations, and Human Resources.
  • Works with staff to provide necessary leadership and resources to allow them to work to improve curriculum, instruction, and assessment.
  • Develops, implements, and oversees key projects and programs on behalf of the Superintendent.
  • Is lead governmental relations/liaison with the state Legislature and Governor for financial/budget purposes.

 

Alan Burke

Alan Burke, Deputy Superintendent
K-12 Education
alan.burke@k12.wa.us
(360) 725-6343

The Deputy Superintendent for K-12 Education has supervising responsibility for Teaching and Learning, Assessment and Student Information, Career and College Readiness, District and School Improvement and Accountability, Special Programs and Federal Accountability, and Student Support. The Deputy Superintendent:

  • Represents the Superintendent in K-12 outreach efforts.
  • Coordinates agency responses to inquiries about K-12 issues.
  • Supervises administrators who have direct responsibility for K-12 operations.
  • Serves as a member of the OSPI Executive Leadership Team.

 

JoLynn Berge

JoLynn Berge, Assistant Superintendent
Chief Financial Officer
jolynn.berge@k12.wa.us@k12.wa.us
(360) 725-6292

The chief financial officer is responsible for the distribution of funding: agency budgeting; research on school funding; and collecting data on enrollment, personnel and financial information. The office:

  • Oversees School Apportionment and Financial Services, which includes state and federal money.
  • Oversees Grants Management.
  • Works with School Facilities and Organization section to coordinate planning, construction and renovations of school buildings.
  • Acts as agency budget office, including providing fiscal services to every section within OSPI.
  • Coordinates Audit Management and Resolution section.
  • Manages Pupil Transportation, Traffic Safety Education, and Child Nutrition.

Robert Butts

Robert Butts, Assistant Superintendent
Early Learning
bob.butts@k12.wa.us
(360) 725-0420

The Assistant Superintendent for Early Learning is responsible for working with the Department of Early Learning, Thrive by Five Washington, Educational Service Districts, and school districts to enhance the quality of early learning in our public schools. The Early Learning office:

  • Works closely with early learning providers and statewide organizations to improve the transition of children into kindergarten.
  • Coordinates the agency’s early learning activities, such as state-funded full-day Kindergarten, WaKIDS, the annual Starting Strong Institute.
  • Streamlines the exchange of information between early learning providers and schools.

 

Andrew Kelly

Andrew Kelly, Assistant Superintendent
Student and School Success
andrew.kelly@k12.wa.us
(360) 725-4960

School Improvement is committed to ensuring that every student in Washington attends an excellent school with quality teachers. The office:

  • Manages federal dollars supporting school improvement efforts in Washington.
  • Supports collaboration between OSPI, regional ESDs, and districts to ensure best-practices and an ongoing network of support for teachers, administrators, and district officials statewide.
  • Coordinates efforts through the Washington Improvement and Implementation Network (WIIN).
  • Actively engages stakeholders in advocacy work to ensure a continually growing and equitable graduation/college ready rate.

 

Gil Mendoza

Gil Mendoza, Assistant Superintendent
Special Programs and Federal Accountability
gil.mendoza@k12.wa.us
(360) 725-6170

Migrant and Bilingual Education provides services to migrant children and their families, including development of English language skills. It also provides leadership and advocacy to ensure the success of all Native American students, as well as increasing awareness of Native American culture. The office:

  • Oversees the Transitional Bilingual Instructional Program, which helps students transition into becoming English speakers and writers.
  • Manages the English Language Development Standards, which teachers use to understand how English language learners are learning the language.
  • Provides training and resources to both teachers and administrators on how best to teach migrant and bilingual students
  • Oversees development of Native American curriculum that can be used in all classrooms.
  • Interfaces with the state’s Native tribes and associations.

Special Programs and Federal Accountability assists school districts in raising the academic achievement of students who face the challenges of disability, poverty, second language acquisition, learning difficulty, and mobility by ensuring that students are given an equitable opportunity to learn using the best available resources and methods. The office:

  • Oversees iGrants, an Internet-based system for federal and state grant applications, grant request for proposals (RFPs), and end-of-year reports.
  • Supervises Special Education and Migrant, Bilingual and Native Education.
  • Supervises state application of federal law, including Title I and Title II of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.

 

Robin Munson, Assistant Superintendent
Assessment and Student Information
robin.munson@k12.wa.us
(360) 725-6334

Assessment and Student Information produces and implements state and federally required tests and collects and reports information about Washington’s public school students. The office:

  • Administers assessments in reading, mathematics, writing and science in grades 3-8 and high school.
  • Monitors student progress toward meeting testing requirements for high school graduates, including approved assessment options.
  • Coordinates the regular collection and reporting of student data from school districts.
  • Disseminates formative assessments for teachers to use in the classroom for the purpose of monitoring instruction and improving learning.

 

Dan Newell

Dan Newell, Assistant Superintendent
Secondary Education and Student Support
dan.newell@k12.wa.us
(360) 725-6176

Secondary Education and Student Support provides leadership and resources to Washington state schools and counselors who ready students for academic success and career preparation, and assists schools and districts to develop and improve systems that support student academic success. The office:

  • Oversees graduation requirements (High School and Beyond, senior project, exams, credits), state and federal dual enrollment programs (Running Start), and dropout prevention.
  • Responds to inquiries and concerns from teachers, administrators, and parents and follows up with appropriate action and resolution.
  • Provides support and recognition of efforts to secondary schools by regular visitations.
  • Administers Career Guidance WA, a life skills and planning program for students in grades K through 12.
  • Oversees the Learning and Teaching Support Division to include Children of Incarcerated Parents, Coordinated School Health, Readiness to Learn, School Safety Center, and various others.

 

Peter Tamayo

Peter Tamayo, Chief Information Officer
Information Technology Services
peter.tamayo@k12.wa.us
(360) 725-6134

The Information Technology Services (ITS) coordinates the integration of technology to improve teaching and learning in the state of Washington by providing leadership and management of technology, a telecommunications infrastructure, and the tools for students, teachers and administrators in the K-12 sector The office:

  • Provides technical support to the OSPI Web site and develops and maintains software for OSPI and the school districts.
  • Supports and manages the OSPI IT infrastructure including video conferencing.
  • Develops, manages and supports projects, programs, training and successful practices that integrate technology into teaching and learning.
  • Conducts data mining and reporting to comply with OSPI, state, and federal reporting requirements.

 

Jessica Vavrus

Jessica Vavrus, Assistant Superintendent
Teaching and Learning
jessica.vavrus@k12.wa.us
(360) 725-6417

Teaching and Learning encompasses a broad spectrum of content areas and programs including, reading, mathematics, science, social studies, the arts, health and fitness, environment and sustainability education, sexual health education, international education, world languages, learning and technology support, and early learning. The office:

  • Leads the development, review, and revision of Washington’s K-12 learning standards.
  • Provides professional development and technical assistance in partnership with education leaders and regional and local stakeholders statewide to build a coherent and consistent system of support for implementation of state standards.
  • Partners with other OSPI divisions and state/regional stakeholders to support integration and coordination of programs and activities, including the development of state formative assessment systems and implementation of OSPI-developed assessment in social studies, the arts, and health and fitness.
  • Administers federal, state, and privately funded programs focused on improving widespread teaching and learning.

 

The Executive Director of the State Board of Education also is a member of the State Superintendent’s cabinet.

Ben Rarick

Ben Rarick, Executive Director
State Board of Education
ben.rarick@k12.wa.us
(360) 725-6027

The Washington State Board of Education’s role in the K-12 system is to lead the development of state policy, provide system oversight, and advocate for student success. The Board is comprised of 16 members, and is supported by a staff of six. The Board:

  • Ensures that all children in Washington receive an equitable and excellent education through a continuous system of improvement for schools and districts through a fair and transparent accountability system.
  • Develops a system of graduation requirements that will result in improving student preparation for post-secondary education and the 21st century world of work and citizenship.
  • Increases the graduation rate and develops ways to personalize education.
  • Works with partners to develop a systematic approach so that students and teachers receive the support they need to learn and teach under the new math and science standards.

 

 

 

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