Workgroups and Committees
Washington state law requires OSPI to oversee several workgroups and committees:
The Building Bridges state-level workgroup produces legislative reports on the development of a statewide comprehensive dropout prevention, intervention, and retrieval system.
Legislation: ESSB 6403
Compensation Technical Working Group
The Compensation Technical Working Group was created by ESHB 2261 and is tasked to create an enhanced salary allocation model aligned to educator development and certification with compensation, conduct a comparative labor market analysis of employee salaries, determine the role and types of bonuses available and account for regions of the state where it may be difficult to recruit and retain teachers.
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Data Governance Group
The K-12 Data Governance Group oversees the development and implementation of a K-12 education data system for financial, student and educator data, and is meant to serve requirements for teachers, parents, superintendents, school boards, the legislature, and the public.
Legislation: HB 2261 - 2009-10
Educational Technology Advisory Committee
The Educational Technology Advisory Committee assists in the development and implementation of the education technology plan.
Legislation: RCW 28A.650.015
Educational Opportunity Gap Oversight and Accountability Committee
Educational Opportunity Gap Oversight and Accountability Committee was created during the 2009 legislature to continue to address the achievement gap in Washington state.
Legislation: Second Substitute Senate Bill 5973
Gangs in Schools Task Force
The Gangs in Schools Task Force recommends, through annual reports to the legislature, methods to prevent and eliminate gangs in schools, gather intelligence on gangs, and share information about gangs.
Legislation: RCW 28A.300.490
Highly Capable Technical Working Group
The Highly Capable Technical Working Group establishes recommendations to be provided to the legislature on what constitutes a basic education program for highly capable students.
Legislation: ESSB 6444
Language Access Advisory Committee
The Language Access Advisory Committee assists in the development of sample materials for school districts to disseminate to school employees and parents regarding parents' rights to language access services for limited-English proficient parents.
ESSB 6052, Part V, Sec. 501(5)
Online Learning Advisory Committee
Members of the committee assist OSPI by providing advice regarding the online provider approval criteria, the model school district policy, and other matters related to the Digital Learning Department Web site.
Legislation: RCW 28A.250.020
Quality Education Council (QEC)
The purpose of the QEC is to develop strategic recommendations for implementation of a new definition of Basic Education and the financing necessary to support it. Superintendent Randy Dorn chairs the Council.
Legislation: ESHB 2261
Title I/LAP Committee of Practitioners (COP)
The Title I/LAP Committee of Practitioners is an advisory body to OSPI that reviews any state rules, regulations and policies relating to Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act to ensure they conform to the purposes of Title I.
Legislation: NCLB Section 1903(b) Committee of Practitioners
Transitional Bilingual Instruction Program (TBIP) Accountability Task Force
In the 2014 Supplemental Budget, $117,000 of the 2015 general fund is directed to OSPI to convene a task force to design a performance-based assistance and accountability system for the Transitional Bilingual Instruction Program.
ESSB 6002 Section 501(v)) (PDF)