Educational Opportunity Gap Oversight and Accountability Committee was created during the 2009 legislature to continue to address the achievement gap in Washington state.
The committee is charged by RCW 28A.300.136 to synthesize the findings and recommendations from the five 2008 Achievement Gap Studies into an implementation plan and recommend policies and strategies to the Superintendent of Public Instruction, the Professional Educator Standards Board and the State Board of Education in the following areas:
- Supporting and facilitating parent and community involvement and outreach.
- Enhancing the cultural competency of current and future educators and the cultural relevance of curriculum and instruction.
- Expanding pathways and strategies to prepare and recruit diverse teachers and administrators.
- Recommending current programs and resources that should be redirected to narrow the gap.
- Identifying data elements and systems needed to monitor progress in closing the gap.
- Making closing the achievement gap part of the school and school district improvement process.
- Exploring innovative school models that have shown success in closing the achievement gap.
The statute requires OSPI to identify school districts that have the most significant achievement gaps among subgroups of students and for large numbers of those students, and districts that should receive priority for assistance in advancing cultural competency skills in their workforce.
RCW 28A.300.136 Educational opportunity gap oversight and accountability committee — Policy and strategy recommendations.
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* Yasin Abshir (alternate)
Office of the Education Ombuds (OEO)
Bernard Thomas (alternate)
Tribal Nations-Governor’s Office of Indian Affairs
* Mele Aho (alternate)
Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs (Pacific American)
Representative Lillian Ortiz-Self
House of Representatives, Additional member appointed by the Speaker of the House
Julie Kang (alternate)
Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs (Asian American)
Dr. Wanda Billingsly
* Dr. James Smith (alternate)
Commission on African American Affairs
Superintendent Chris Reykdal
* Jamila Thomas (alternate)
Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI)
Representative Bob McCaslin
House of Representatives, Designee for Ranking Minority Member
Senator John McCoy
Senate, Designee for Ranking Minority Member
Representative Sharon Tomiko Santos
House of Representatives, Education Committee Chair
Senate, Additional member appointed by the President of the Senate
Senator Hans Zeiger
Senate, Early Learning and K-12 Education Chair
Commission on Hispanic Affairs
Committee Co-Chairs: Representative Lillian Ortiz-Self, Senator John McCoy, Sally Brownfield
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