OSPI is continuing to develop policies and resources to improve student
discipline practices throughout Washington state. In the last few years, the
legislature has made significant changes to state laws regarding student
discipline. State-level reforms and federal guidance on school discipline are
increasingly aligning, in theory and practice, with the ongoing efforts of
education practitioners, researchers, and advocates.
Recent Legislation: ESSB 5946 (2013) |
4SHB 1541 (2016)
Revised Code of Washington (RCW):
Washington Administrative Code (WAC):
WAC 392-400 Rulemaking History:
2014 Proposed Rules │2014 Permanent Rules │
2014 Concise Explanatory Statement
Behavior Menu of Best Practices and Strategies provides best practices and strategies for addressing behavioral needs to improve student academic outcomes and can be used to support K–12 students served by the state’s Learning Assistance Program (LAP).
Dear Colleague Letter on the Nondiscriminatory Administration of School Discipline – Federal guidance from the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of Education.
Equity in Student Discipline – Resources and tools to assist schools in addressing disparities and improving equity in student discipline.
Guiding Principles: A Resource Guide for Improving School Climate and Discipline – A U.S. Department of Education resource that draws upon emerging research and best practices to describe three key principles and related action steps that can help guide state and local efforts to improve school climate and school discipline.
OSPI Discipline Data Analytics – School districts must review discipline data—at least annually—to identify disparities and monitor progress toward eliminating them.
Addressing the Root Causes of Disparities in School Discipline: An Educator's Action Planning Guide – Resources and tools to assess and systematically address disparities in school discipline.
Reclaiming Students: The Educational & Economic Costs of Exclusionary Discipline in Washington State – A report published in 2012 by Washington Appleseed and Team Child.
Sample Guidelines for Student Re-engagement and Re-engagement Conference and Plan – Sample guidelines and forms that
districts can use to develop and implement a successful re-engagement process.
Student Discipline Task Force – The legislature established a task force to develop standards and recommendations for improving discipline data collection policies and procedures.