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GATE Collaboration with Results Washington

Too many students aren’t graduating from high school in Washington State. With each dropout society misses out on $451,482 in lifetime benefits according to a 2013 analysis by the Washington State Institute on Public Policy.

Both Superintendent Randy Dorn and Governor Jay Inslee have identified increasing graduation as an educational priority. With this goal, OSPI’s initiative Graduation: A Team Effort and the Governor’s Office’s initiative Results Washington are collaborating on ways to improve graduation rates through access to effective dropout prevention, intervention, and reengagement effort.

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Graduation and Equity:
Survey of State Practices

Closing Date: February 29, 2016

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Webinar Workshops

Join us for a webinar beginning on September 14, 2016 at 10:00 AM PDT. The topic for the September 14 Webinar is The Framing of Student Success through an Equity Lens.

Future webinars will be held the second Wednesday of each month from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m.

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OSPI Graduation A Team Effort (GATE) is conducting a monthly webinar series on best practices in relation to the OSPI performance indicators, such as chronic absenteeism, behavior, 9th grade failure, post-graduation enrollment and graduation. (

These workshops would be valuable for partners who wish to improve support systems, data use, and instruction in an effort to increase student achievement. Recordings of past webinars can be found below.

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The series for 2016-17 is in the planning stage. If you have suggestions for how we could improve or topics you would like to see please email us at



A vision that all students are ready for career, college and life can be measured through success in high rigor courses such as Advanced Placement (AP). Everett School District has made an intentional effort to prepare all students for college, career and life. Becky Ballbach, Director of Student Support Services for Everett school district, will share her district's effort to expand AP enrollment, particularly to historically underserved students. This webinar will focus on:

  • Initial year activities.
  • Sustaining and expanding enrollment and completion of college level courses.
  • Removing barriers to AP and college access.
  • Strategies to ensure that historically underserved students are enrolled and successful in AP courses.

+ April 13, 2016 - School Mental Health Resources and Supports: First Steps and Lessons Learned

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Student mental health is a challenge in most districts across Washington, with a need for earlier identification, and quick accesses to services.

Sara Ellsworth, Behavioral Health Clinical Services Manager at Capital Region ESD113, will share her experiences developing a school-based mental health pilot, including essential first steps, developing partnerships and lessons learned. Please join us as we identify steps your school or district can take to address mental health challenges.

+ March 9, 2016 - Supporting Family Engagement

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The Governor's Office of the Education Ombuds (OEO) was created by the legislature in 2006 to address the opportunity gap, engage families, and provide informal and impartial conflict resolution to improve relationships between schools and families. Learn how OEO engages with families, partners with schools and community organizations, and makes policy recommendations to improve the K-12 system.

OEO director Carrie Basas will also share how the OEO is using data to drive its practices, particularly in the areas of attendance and graduation, and provide a snapshot of the patterns that the OEO has found statewide.

Finally, she will engage with attendees to brainstorm ways that OEO can be more helpful in supporting schools, through sharing OEO data, partnering for data-driven collaboration, acting as a sounding board in difficult situations, or providing overall recommendations for improving school-family communication.

For more information about the OEO, as well as toolkits and guides, visit

+ February 17, 2016 - 24 Credits and the High School and Beyond Plan

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Learn how Centralia School District is using the existing High School and Beyond Plan to increase student outcomes and meet the new 24 credit graduation requirement. When integrated in the goal for student success, multiple requirements can be useful tools to engage students in planning and staying on-track to graduation.

+ January 20, 2016 - Using Student Perception Survey Results to Improve Student Outcomes

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Student perception data is valuable, and it's collection and use is a key practice of districts that are successfully increasing graduation rates. One of Washington State's key data source is the Healthy Youth Survey.

In this webinar we will highlight an analysis of the HYS and the items on the survey that are correlated with graduation rates. In addition, we will share some specific building level examples of using student perception data to improve student outcomes.

Target Audience: District and school administration, school counselors.

Presenter: Lisa Ireland, Research Analyst at OSPI

Our goals of this webinar are:

  • Shine a light on this data, where you can find it, what these codes mean and how we use this data.
  • Share practices districts are using to ease reporting, reduce unknown transfers, reduce reported dropouts, and improve graduation rates.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

+ December 16, 2015 - Increasing Graduation Rates through Improved Data Reporting

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Does your district's dropout data represent your withdrawn students? Over half of the students considered dropped out of the class of 2014 were listed as "Unknown", meaning they left and we don't know where they went. An additional group were identified as "dropped out – reason unknown". A few districts have seen success in improving these statistics through their approach to reporting and responding to this particular data.

Target Audience: school and district registrars and administration.

Presenter: Lisa Ireland, Research Analyst at OSPI

Our goals of this webinar are:

  • Shine a light on this data, where you can find it, what these codes mean and how we use this data.
  • Share practices districts are using to ease reporting, reduce unknown transfers, reduce reported dropouts, and improve graduation rates.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

+ November 18, 2015 - Improving Attendance in the Elementary

Presentation (PDF)

The Graduation A Team Effort webinar series continues to focus on increasing student attendance and reducing chronic absenteeism. Jake Alabiso, a school psychologist, and intervention specialist in Kelso will highlight effective strategies they have implemented to increase attendance at the elementary school level.

+ October 21, 2015 - Attendance Interventions

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We look at a partner organization's activities and interventions reinforce educational activities. We will also look at how they include school attendance as a measure, and identifier of need. Our featured presenter is Angela Griffin, Associate Director of Education Program Services for Treehouse. Treehouse partners with DSHS and Schools to increase achievement for youth in foster care starting with the Check and Connect model.

+ September 16, 2015 - Attendance: Data, Research and Practice

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We know attendance is a key indicator of a student's engagement in school and opportunity for success across K-12. This webinar will discuss current research, unveil and demonstrate new attendance data analytics.

+ June 17, 2015 - Continuous Improvement

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Continuous Improvement
Continuous improvement processes share common elements:

  1. Team-based reflection
  2. Exploration of data
  3. Research and analysis
  4. Goal setting
  5. Action planning
  6. Monitoring and evaluating results

Participants in this webinar will explore resources in the ‘Data Coaching Toolkit’, a comprehensive set of resources for district data and planning teams. Participants will also learn about, and reflect upon, the application of the toolkit within a two-year planning and implementation project of seven school districts focused on improving graduation rates and support student re-engagement in learning.

Featured presenters, ESD 113 Superintendent Dana Anderson, and Assistant Superintendent of Support Services Mike Hickman, have facilitated the 2 year Building Bridges Planning and Implementation grants featuring professional development in data use, capacity building, implementation science and continuous improvement.

+ May 21, 2015 - Transition Support and Student Engagement Through the High School and Beyond Plan

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Transition Support and Student Engagement Through the High School and Beyond Plan

The High School & Beyond Plan provides a relevant and personalized pathway for students beginning in 8th grade through high school.

This webinar will give information about graduation requirements for the Class of 2019 as it relates to the Personalized Pathway based on the student’s High School & Beyond Plan. Updates, best practices and templates from Career Guidance WA, along with evidence-based data provide support and resources for not only keeping students in school, but also developing a postsecondary plan.

+ February 18, 2015 - Multi-tiered Systems of Support - Reengagement (Tier 3) View Webinar

Tier 3 interventions are intensive individualized interventions for students most at risk. These include interventions for homelessness, mental health and substance abuse issues, and reengaging students who have dropped out. These interventions are applied in addition to tier 1 and tier 2 supports in a multi-tiered system of support.

The focus of this webinar is reengagement, finding the right pathway for reengaged youth, and additional supports to keep students engaged.

  1. Open Doors, a reengagement framework to support older youth.
    Laurie Shannon, OSPI Graduation Specialist
  2. Pathways for Reengagement
    Greg Eisnaugle, Tacoma Public Schools

+ January 21, 2015 - Multi-tiered Support Systems – Strategic Intervention (Tier 2) View Webinar

Tier 2 interventions benefit students identified as at risk. These are typically group supports targeting more specific needs, and are applied in addition to tier 1 universal supports.

  1. Implementation science for building effective, sustainable intervention systems
    Greg Benner, UW Tacoma, Tacoma Whole Child Initiative
  2. Tier 2 interventions in practice
    John Gummel, Kelso High School

+ December 17, 2014 - Multi-tiered Support Systems – Universal Supports (Tier 1)

  1. What is a Multi-tiered System of Supports
  2. How Sunnyside high school approaches school wide prevention through academic and non-academic student supports as well as a supportive professional learning community for staff.

View Webinar | View PDF of Sunnyside's presentation

+ November 19, 2014 - Dropout Early Warning and Intervention Systems

  1. CEDARS vs. District information systems: When and where data is relevant - from student level response to state level assessment.
    Tim Stensager, OSPI
  2. How Spokane is visualizing and using data to better respond to students at risk.
    Travis Schulhauser, Spokane Public Schools

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+ October 15, 2014 - Behavior: Data, Policy, and Practice

  1. State level discipline policy, discipline data collection, WAC 392-400, due process changes, and transitional supports presented by Jess Lewis. Presentation (PDF)
  2. Visualizations for discipline and behavior data presented by Tim Stensager. Presentation (PDF)
  3. Timberline High School Tier 2 team process for responding to student data including samples of:
    1. Presentation
    2. Student Intervention Workbook
    3. Practical Functional Behavior Assessment (FBA) Records
    4. Student Support Team (SST) Checklist
    5. Teacher report form 1 and form 2
    6. School Wide Information System (SWIS) report
    7. Student Transcript
    8. Student 504 plan

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+ September 17, 2014 - Data Use and Reports

Our first Data Use webinar focused on these elements:

  1. OSPI Key Performance Indicators
  2. How can we better use data – analytics that demonstrate success and disproportionality
    1. By subpopulations (free and reduced lunch, English Language Learners, Students with disabilities, by noted racial and ethnic groups)
    2. Comparing individual schools within the district
    3. Comparing similar districts to identify where they seem to be effective in responding to the needs of these subpopulations. From this looking at what elements are creating this positive ecosystem.
  3. Successful report use: Monthly look at dropout withdrawal status codes
    1. Typically these are collected once a year for a report to OSPI
    2. Monthly access keeps kids on the radar, easier to track
    3. List is shared with principals and counselors
    4. Responsibilities are assigned to track and follow up with students who are assigned these codes

Download presentation (PDF) | View webinar

+ May 28, 2014 - Dropout Prevention Series: Overview of the 2014 Dropout Prevention Survey Results and Next

This webinar was intended to prepare for a monthly series of professional development and program sharing webinars beginning in the fall of 2014. The goals of this webinar were to:

  • Provide background on dropout prevention, intervention, and reengagement efforts
  • Review results of the annual Student Access to Dropout Prevention survey
  • Propose a plan for next steps
  • Respond to any initial questions from districts.

Download presentation (PDF) | View archived webinar

Dropout Prevention Survey

The Annual Dropout Prevention Survey
OSPI, in partnership with the Governor's "Results Washington Initiative", conducts an annual survey of school districts about local dropout prevention, intervention and reengagement efforts.

This survey is used as part of a comprehensive look at use of effective practices and partnerships. The results will also enable the state to better support these efforts through funding, resources, tools, data, and technical assistance.

Deadline for the survey is February 29, 2016.




Superintendent Randy Dorn has identified a need to “Improve academic achievement for all students and reduce dropout rates” in his second term priorities.

Governor Jay Inslee’s Results Washington identifies a need to “increase access to effective dropout prevention programs offered by school districts and available to students” in the goal map for goal 1: World-class education.

Current efforts in this collaboration are identifying problems of practice, related data, root causes, and appropriate countermeasures.

Governor’s Summit on Dropout Prevention is attached to the 2014 Washington Educators Conference and will showcase current efforts that are successful. This conference is scheduled for October 27 – 28 in Seattle.



If you would like to learn more, sign up for updates about the workshops, or become more involved in dropout prevention, please email us at


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