Helping Districts Maintain and Improve Their Civil Rights Compliance
If you have questions or comments regarding civil rights compliance and the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction’s review of career and technical education programs, please contact:
Program Supervisor and Methods of Administration Coordinator
If you are seeking information about specific school-related discriminations issues, OSPI encourages you to first contact your local school district. School district personnel assigned to receive inquiries, complaints and provide information may include:
- Title IX Compliance Officer
- District Athletic Director
- Equity Coordinator
- Section 504/ADA Coordinator (issues related to disabilities)
- Employment Affirmative Action Officer
Equity and Civil Rights Office
P.O. Box 47200
Olympia, WA 98504-7200
P: (360) 725-6162
F: (360) 664-2967
TTY: (360) 664-3631
For more information regarding OSPI’s ongoing efforts to address the education achievement gap, visit the
Center for the Improvement for Student Learning.
United States Department of Education Office for Civil Rights requires the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, as the state agency responsible for administration of Career and Technical Education, to conduct a Civil Rights compliance program review. The intent is to identify, remedy and prevent discrimination in CTE programs operated by education agencies receiving federal financial assistance. School Districts are generally selected for on-site review according to CTE enrollment data, school demographics and location, as well as the established review cycle, requests for technical assistance, or procedural information.
The purpose of onsite reviews is to conduct a comprehensive assessment of the selected districts’ CTE programs, as well as all facilities housing CTE programs or used by CTE-enrolled students to ensure compliance with the following Federal Civil Rights authorities and regulations. Federal law requires that all school districts receiving funding support from the U.S. Education Department, and providing CTE programs shall comply with:
- Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and implementing regulations (34 CFR
Part 100), prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, and national origin.
Title IX of the Education Amendments of
1972 (34 CFR Part 106), prohibits
discrimination on the basis of sex.
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of
1973 (34 CFR Part 104); prohibits
discrimination on the basis of disability.
Vocational Education Program Guidelines
for Eliminating Discrimination and Denial of
Services on the Basis of Race, Color,
National Origin, Sex and Handicap, published
in the Federal Register March 21, 1979
Title II of the Americans with
Disabilities Act of 1990 (28 CFR Part 35),
prohibits discrimination on the basis of
The onsite procedure will include:
- An entrance interview with the director of career and technical education
and any staff the superintendent may choose.
- Onsite interviews with CTE instructors, school district staff, counselors, students and other individuals as appropriate.
- Review and assessment of facilities.
- An exit meeting, including discussion of findings, analysis of documents and next steps.
In preparation for an onsite visit, please carefully review the information regarding Preparation for Civil Rights Onsite Review and the OSPI Methods of Administration Onsite Review Checklist, which can be found below. These materials provide a self-assessment process that will enable your school district to prepare for the onsite review, to understand Civil Rights compliance obligations, and to improve CTE programs for all students. These and other resources are listed below: