Currently Meeting Workgroups
The School District Accounting Advisory Committee (SDAAC) has been meeting since 1964, and advises the offices of OSPI and State Auditor on school district accounting, budgeting, financial reporting, and related matters."
The Bilingual Education Advisory Committee (BEAC) supports bilingual education and its related services through the Transitional Bilingual Instruction Program to help educators and families meet the unique needs of students whose primary language is other than English.
Authorizing bill/law: RCW 28A.180
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.
Authorizing bill/law: NCLB Section 1903(b) Committee of Practitioners
Educational Opportunity Gap Oversight and Accountability Committee was created during the 2009 Legislature to continue to address the achievement gap in Washington state.
Authorizing bill/law: RCW 28A.300.136
The Educator Workforce Development Workgroup oversees the implementation of the state Equity Plan, the implementation of the recent teacher shortage bill, and educator workforce development under the Title II, Part A section of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).
Authorizing bill/law: E2SSB 6455
The Ethnic Studies Advisory Committee is charged with identifying and making available ethnic studies materials and resources for use in grades kindergarten through twelve. The Legislature states that, "A basic education is an evolving program of instruction that is intended to provide students with the opportunity to become responsible and respectful global citizens..."
The GATE Partnership Advisory Committee is a broad base of youth and family serving agencies and organizations that meets quarterly to provide a wide lens of input on specific goals and topics related to the development and implementation of a dropout prevention, intervention and re-engagement system across cradle to career milestones.
Authorizing bill/law: ESSB 6403
The Institutional Education Structure and Accountability Advisory Group provides recommendations to OSPI and the Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF) for the development of a system that successfully meets the education and support needs of persons in and released from secure settings.
Authorizing bill/law: E2SHB 1295
The K–12 Data Governance Workgroup 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.
Authorizing bill/law: HB 2261
The Public School Language Access workgroup was created to improve meaningful, equitable access for public school students and their family members who have language access barriers, and report findings and recommendations to the Legislature.
Authorizing bill/law: ESHB 1130
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 website.
Authorizing bill/law: RCW 28A.250.020
In May 2020, OSPI convened a stakeholder workgroup to inform recommendations and guidance for school districts as they plan for the reopening of Washington's schools in the 2020–21 school year. The workgroup consists of more than 100 educators, education leaders, elected officials, community-based organizations, parents, students, and community members. The group is expected to conclude their work in June 2020.
School Facilities operates two advisory groups: the Citizens Advisory Panel (CAP), which maintains citizen oversight of facilities planning and funding, and the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC), which provides enhanced technical advice to OSPI on construction and facilites issues.
The School Safety and Student Well-Being Advisory Committee was established in law by 2SHB 1216 (2019). Previously referred to as the School Safety Advisory Committee, this committee advises OSPI and the school safety center, the regional school safety centers, school districts, and public and private schools on all matters related to comprehensive school safety and student well-being.
Authorizing bill/law: 2SHB 1216 Sec. 4
The 2019 legislature established the Social Emotional Learning Committee to promote and expand social emotional learning (SEL), including an annual report with accomplishments, state-level data, identification of systemic barriers, or policy changes necessary to promote SEL.
Authorizing bill/law: 2SSB 5082
The Special Education Advisory Council (SEAC) advises on matters pertaining to the provision of special education and related services.
Authorizing bill/law: WAC 392-172A-07060
Since its inception, TPEP has been a cooperative effort with the participation of key stakeholder groups along the way.
Authorizing bill/law: RCW 28A.405.100 through 28A.405.140
The Washington State Advisory Committee for Gifted Education advises OSPI on matters related to the K-12 education of Highly Capable students, the advisory committee prioritizes identification, program services, and professional development.
The Washington state Dyslexia Advisory Council identifies tools and resources that help in screening for dyslexia, as well as recommendations on best practices for implementing the screenings.
Authorizing bill/law: SB 6162
The Work-Integrated Learning Advisory Committee provides advice to the legislature and the education and workforce sectors on creating opportunities for students to explore and understand a wide range of career-related opportunities through applied learning; engage with industry mentors; and plan for career and college success.
Authorizing bill/law: E2SHB 1600