April 23rd, 2014
Accountability
Accountability


Statewide K-12 Accountability

The State Board of Education is responsible for implementing a standards-based accountability framework that creates a unified system of increasing levels of support for schools in order to improve student achievement (RCW 28A.305.130).

SBE approved an Accountability Resolution in 2012 (pdf) and in 2009 (pdf). The accountability framework is designed to ensure all students receive an excellent and equitable education.

achievement indexThe Achievement Index

For the past several years, SBE has partnered with OSPI to produce the current Achievement Index, which recognizes successful schools for Washington Achievement Awards.  Beginning in July 2012, the Index will be revised to include student growth data, allowing it to serve as the single unifying accountability measure for both state and federal accountability as part of the ESEA Flexibility request.  SBE advocates for a system of accountability with clear, appropriate indicators and measurements to monitor progress of the K-12 educational system. In the fall of 2012, SBE will use the current Achievement Index to post the 2011-12 school year data. In the fall of 2013, SBE and OSPI will produce a revised Index.

Required Action

The 2013 Legislature passed E2SSB 5329 which built on the accountability system established in 2010. E2SSB 5329 gave the SBE and OSPI new responsibilities in the state school accountability system. Major components of the legislation include:

  • Elimination of Title-eligibility as the state criterion for services
  • Extending school improvement models beyond the federal models
  • Establishing Level II required action

The 2010 education reform legislation instituted a system of Required Action. The Required Action Process "provides a unified system of support for challenged schools that aligns with basic education, increases the level of support based upon the magnitude of need, and uses data for decisions. For a specific group of challenged schools, defined as persistently lowest-achieving schools, and their districts, it is necessary to provide a required action process that creates a partnership between the state and local district to target funds and assistance to turn around the identified lowest-achieving schools" (RCW 28A.657.005). Soap Lake, Morton, Renton, and Onalaska School Districts are currently in Required Action.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Media
Accountability and Achievement Achievement Index


Handouts and Flyers

Date Media
2012
July 12 Achievement and Accountability Workgroup Charter (pdf)
July 12 Accountability Resolution (pdf)
February 23 Resolution Supporting the ESEA Waiver (pdf)
2011
November 9 Required Action Flyer (pdf)
November 9 2012 SBE Legislative Priorities and Initiatives (pdf)
November 2 Is Washington State Ready to Seek a Waiver from the Elementary and Secondary Education Act? (pdf)
2010
December 16 State Accountability Index - Report by Pete Bylsma, SBE consultant (pdf)
December 2 State Accountability Index – Executive Summary - Report by Pete Bylsma, SBE consultant (pdf)
August 6 School Turnaround Flowchart (pdf)
April 22 Draft Accountability Report, April 2010 (pdf)
March 4 Required Action Plan and Partnership Graphic (pdf)
April 3 An easy-to-read overview of Required Action (pdf)
January 21 Summary of SB 6696 (pdf)
2009
December 1 Accountability Report - As submitted to the Legislature (pdf)