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News Releases for 2014

April 16, 2014 > 413 Schools Win State’s Highest Honor (SBE/OSPI joint release)
OLYMPIA — A total of 413 schools are 2013 Washington Achievement Award winners. Winners were notified Monday via email from State Superintendent Randy Dorn and State Board of Education Chair Dr. Kristina Mayer.

March 31, 2014 > SBE Adopts Resolution to Raise Awareness of School Discipline Concerns
OLYMPIA, Wash. – The Washington State Board of Education (SBE) voted to adopt a discipline resolution at the March board meeting, affirming its commitment to improving school discipline practices in Washington.

March 19, 2014 > SBE Announces First Ever English Language Acquisition Award
OLYMPIA, Wash. – The Washington State Board of Education (SBE) today announced 42 recipient schools of the first ever English Language Acquisition Award, representing 26 districts from across the state.

March 13, 2014 > Legislature Passes Graduation Requirements, Course Equivalencies, and Summer Learning Loss Bills
OLYMPIA, Wash. – The Legislature passed bills on three of the State Board of Education’s 2014 legislative priorities, authorization of a 24-credit career and college ready graduation requirement framework, expansion of math and science course equivalencies for vocational programs, and extended learning opportunities to combat summer learning loss.

March 3, 2014 > SBE to Consider Discipline Resolution, Required Action Districts
RENTON, Wash. – The Washington State Board of Education (SBE) will consider a discipline resolution, and will designate Required Action Districts (RAD) at the March 5-6 board meeting in Renton, at the Puget Sound Educational Service District.

February 24, 2014 > Kati Haycock weighs in on 24-Credit Graduation Requirement Framework bill
OLYMPIA, Wash. – Letters of support for Senate Bill 6552 are rolling in from across the state, and the nation, including one from Kati Haycock, President of The Education Trust in Washington, D.C.

January 6, 2014 > SBE to Recognize 2014 Teacher of the Year, Hold Public Hearings
TUMWATER, Wash. – The Washington State Board of Education (SBE) will recognize Washington’s 2014 Teacher of the Year Katie Brown, and hold two public hearings at the January 8-9 board meeting in Tumwater, at the New Market Skills Center.

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News Releases for 2013

December 20, 2013 > SBE Announces New Elected and Appointed Board Members, New Leadership and Returning Members
OLYMPIA, Wash. – The State Board of Education welcomes three new board members, two returning members, and a new executive committee.

November 15, 2013 > SBE Adopts Resolution Supporting Inclusion of Students in Anti-Bullying Policy Development
VANCOUVER, Wash. – The Washington State Board of Education (SBE) unanimously voted to adopt an anti-bullying resolution affirming the board’s commitment to strongly support the inclusion of students in the development of anti-bullying policies within school communities.

November 12, 2013 > SBE to Consider Anti-Bullying Resolution
VANCOUVER, Wash. – The Washington State Board of Education (SBE) will vote on an
anti-bullying resolution at the Nov. 14-15 board meeting in Vancouver, at the ESD 112 office.

October 2, 2013 > Three School Districts File Charter Authorizer Notices of Intent
OLYMPIA, Wash. – The State Board of Education received notices of intent from Tacoma, West Valley (in Yakima) and Highline school districts that they plan to submit applications to become charter school authorizers in 2014.

September 11, 2013 > SBE Unanimously Approves Spokane School District's Charter Authorizer Application
YAKIMA, Wash. - The Washington State Board of Education unanimously voted to approve Spokane School District's charter authorizer application under the state's new charter school law at today's board meeting.

September 6, 2013 > SBE to Consider Spokane School District's Charter Authorizer Application
YAKIMA, Wash. – The Washington State Board of Education will vote on Spokane School District’s charter authorizer application and hold a public hearing on proposed charter schools WAC 180-19-210 at the Sept. 11 meeting in Yakima, at the ESD 105 office.

July 8, 2013 > SBE to Consider Submitting the Revised Achievement Index to U.S. Dept. of Education
SPOKANE, Wash. – At the July 10 - 11 meeting in Spokane, at the ESD 101 office, the Washington State Board of Education (SBE) will vote on submission of the Revised Achievement Index to the U.S. Department of Education (USED), and consider the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).

June 18, 2013 > SBE to Consider Charter Authorizer Evaluation Rubric, Revised Achievement Index at Special Meeting
OLYMPIA, Wash. – At the June 19 special meeting in Olympia, the Washington State Board of Education (SBE) will consider the evaluation rubrics for review of charter authorizer applications and the Achievement and Accountability Workgroup’s (AAW) input on the revised Achievement Index.

May 15, 2013 > SBE Welcomes Four New Board Members
OLYMPIA, Wash.– The State Board of Education welcomes three new voting board members, and a new student representative member.

May 6, 2013 > SBE Reviews Proposals to Incorporate Student Growth Measures into the Way Schools are Evaluated in Washington State
FEDERAL WAY, Wash. – The Washington State Board of Education’s May 7-9 meeting in Federal Way will focus on revising the Washington Achievement Index to include measures of student growth.

February 11, 2013 > SBE to Hold Public Hearing on Draft Rules Related to State’s First Public Charter Schools
OLYMPIA, Wash. – The Washington State Board of Education’s February 26 meeting in Olympia, at the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, will include a public hearing on draft rules pertinent to the state’s first public charter schools.

January 7, 2013 > SBE to Review Draft Rules Related to State’s First Public Charter Schools
TUMWATER, Wash. – The Washington State Board of Education’s January 9-10 meeting in Tumwater, at the office of ESD 113, will include a review and discussion of draft rules pertinent to the state’s first public charter schools.

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News Releases for 2012

December 13, 2012 > Bob Hughes Reelected to SBE
OLYMPIA, Wash. – Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn has certified that Bob Hughes of Kirkland, Washington, has won the election for a position on the State Board of Education.

November 14, 2012 > SBE to Begin Implementation Planning for State’s First Public Charter Schools
OLYMPIA, Wash. – The Washington State Board of Education has initiated the process of implementing a framework for the state’s first public charter schools.

November 5, 2012 > SBE to Adopt Performance Indicators for Revised Achievement Index
VANCOUVER, Wash. – The Washington State Board of Education’s November 8-9 meeting in Vancouver, at the office of ESD 112, will include an anticipated adoption of performance indicators for Washington’s revised Achievement Index.

October 15, 2012 > SBE to Discuss Performance Indicators for Revised Achievement Index
OLYMPIA, WA – The Washington State Board of Education’s October 17 meeting, hosted via webinar, will include a discussion of possible performance indicators for Washington’s revised Achievement Index.

September 28, 2012 > SBE Recommends Districts Discontinue Use of Native American Mascots
OLYMPIA, Wash. – On September 26, the Washington State Board of Education approved a resolution urging districts to discontinue the use of Native American mascots.

September 24, 2012 > SBE to Begin Development of New School Accountability Framework
WALLA WALLA, Wash. – The Washington State Board of Education’s September 26 meeting at Walla Walla Community College in Walla Walla will include a discussion of possible revisions to the state’s Achievement Index.

July 9, 2012 > SBE to Revise State’s Achievement Index
BELLINGHAM, Wash. – The Washington State Board of Education’s (SBE) July 10-11 meeting at Western Washington University in Bellingham, will mark the start of the Board and the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction’s (OSPI) collaborative effort to revise the state’s Achievement Index.

May 17, 2012 > Students Celebrate Social Studies and Language Arts Classes in Statewide Video Contest
OLYMPIA, Wash. – Students from Heritage High School and the Seattle World School took first place in their respective categories in the third annual Washington State Board of Education student video contest.

May 14, 2012 > SBE Welcomes New Student Board Member
OLYMPIA, Wash. – Eli Ulmer, a sophomore at Wilson Creek High School in Wilson Creek is the new student representative to the Washington State Board of Education. Eli began his two-year term with the Board during the May 8-9 meeting in Yakima.

May 7, 2012 > SBE to Discuss the Implications of a Student Growth Model in Statewide School Accountability
YAKIMA, Wash. – The Washington State Board of Education’s May 8-9 meeting at Educational Service District 105 in Yakima will include an exploration of how to effectively incorporate student growth data into a statewide school accountability system.

April 30, 2012 > Judy Jennings Appointed to SBE
OLYMPIA, Wash. – The Washington State Private School Advisory Committee has appointed Judy Jennings (Puyallup) to serve on the Washington State Board of Education.

March 29, 2012 > SBE Honored for Achievement Index Tool
RENTON, Wash. – On March 29, the Washington Educational Research Association (WERA) honored the Washington State Board of Education for their development of the Achievement Index, a database that provides an analysis of Washington public schools’ performance.

March 12, 2012 > SBE to Discuss Potential Next Generation K-12 Science Standards
AUBURN, Wash. – The Washington State Board of Education’s March 14-15 meeting at the Green River Community College in Auburn will include an examination of the next wave of K-12 science standards, referred to as Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).

March 6, 2012 > Jack Schuster Resigns as Private Schools Representative to SBE
OLYMPIA, Wash. – Jack Schuster (Ocean Shores) has resigned from the Washington State Board of Education, effective March 15.

March 2, 2012 > Governor Gregoire Appoints Issaquah’s Connie Fletcher to SBE
OLYMPIA, Wash. – Governor Gregoire has appointed Connie Fletcher (Issaquah) to fill a vacant seat on the Washington State Board of Education.

February 21, 2012 > SBE to Review Applications for Washington’s First “Innovative Schools”
OLYMPIA, Wash. – The Washington State Board of Education’s February 23 meeting at the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction in Olympia will include a review of two schools’ applications for Innovation Waivers, the first to be granted in Washington state.

January 9, 2012 > SBE to Review No Child Left Behind Waiver Considerations
TUMWATER, Wash. – The Washington State Board of Education’s January 11-12 meeting at the Educational Service District 113 in Tumwater will include an overview of the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) waiver requirements for states seeking exemption.

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News Releases for 2011

September 12, 2011 > SBE Considers Revisions to State High School Graduation Requirements
TACOMA, Wash. – The Washington State Board of Education’s September 14-15 meeting at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma will include a discussion of potential changes to graduation requirements for Washington high school students.

August 8, 2011 > SBE to Set Math Assessment Cut Scores
OLYMPIA, Wash. – The Washington State Board of Education’s August 9 meeting at the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction building in Olympia will include a discussion and decision on cut scores for mathematics and science assessments.

July 19, 2011 > Tre’ Maxie Appointed to SBE
OLYMPIA, Wash. — On July 12, the State Board of Education welcomed Tre’ Maxie as the newest Board member.

July 19, 2011 > SBE Selects Ben Rarick as New Executive Director
OLYMPIA, Wash. — On July 14, the State Board of Education announced the selection of Ben Rarick as the new Executive Director.

July 11, 2011 > SBE Reviews Education Governance and Teacher/Principal Evaluations
MARYSVILLE, Wash. – The Washington State Board of Education’s July 12-14 meeting at the Holiday Inn Express in Marysville will include the Board retreat, a review of Anacortes School District’s implementation of the Teacher and Principal Evaluation Pilot (TPEP), and Marysville School District’s efforts in improving student achievement. The Board will also consider approving the appointment of a new Board member.

May 9, 2011 > SBE Reviews Success Strategies in Math and Science
PASCO, Wash. – The Washington State Board of Education’s May 11-12 meeting at the Columbia Basin College in Pasco will include work on statewide education governance and a survey of several statewide successful math and science instructional strategies.

January 10, 2011 > SBE to Review State Budget Implications for K-12 and to Honor Four of Washington’s Top Teachers
TUMWATER, Wash. – The Washington State Board of Education’s January 12-13 meeting at the New Market Skills Center in Tumwater will include a review of Governor Gregoire’s K-12 budget proposal and the implications for Washington’s public schools.

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SBE News Releases for 2010

November 4, 2010 > SBE to Adopt New State High School Graduation Requirements
TUMWATER, Wash. – The Washington State Board of Education’s (SBE) November 9-10 meeting at the Tumwater New Market Skills Center will include a final review and adoption of new high school graduation requirements. SBE’s proposed revisions reflect input gathered from state superintendents, state and local school directors, administrators, teachers, parents, community and business members, and students.

August 10, 2010 > SBE Determines Cut Scores for Grades 3-8 Math Assessment
OLYMPIA, Wash. – At its August 10 meeting, the Washington State Board of Education will set “basic” and “proficient” cut scores for the new statewide mathematics assessment, the Measurement of Student Progress (MSP). Scores from the MSP will be released to the public on August 31.

July 12, 2010 > SBE Considers Required Action Rule for the State’s Persistently Lowest-Achieving Schools
ANACORTES, Wash. – At its July 13-14 meeting, the Washington State Board of Education will review and likely approve draft language of a new rule designed to intervene in some of the state’s persistently lowest-achieving schools. For the first time in state history, a select number of the persistently lowest-achieving schools and their districts will be required to develop and implement improvement plans under a new process called Required Action.

May 14, 2010 > Students Celebrate the Arts in Statewide Video Contest
OLYMPIA, WA – Vashon Island High School and Oakland Bay Junior High School (Shelton) took first place in their respective categories in the inaugural Washington State Board of Education student video contest.

May 11, 2010 > SBE Reviews Proposed High School Graduation Requirements
SPOKANE, Wash. – The Washington State Board of Education’s May 13 meeting this week in Spokane will include a review of Core 24, the State Board’s proposed high school graduation requirements framework.

April 26, 2010 > SBE Welcomes New Student Board Member
OLYMPIA, Wash. – Jared Costanzo, a sophomore at Chiawana High School in Pasco, is the new student representative to the Washington State Board of Education. Jared will begin his term with the Board on May 12-13 during the Board’s meeting in Spokane.

March 25, 2010 > SBE Announces New Leadership
OLYMPIA, Wash. – Jeff Vincent (Bainbridge Island) and Steve Dal Porto (Quincy) are the new Chair and Vice Chair of the Washington State Board of Education. The pair, elected independently during the Board’s March Board meeting at Highline Community College, will serve for at least two years in their respective roles.

March 15, 2010 > SBE and Superintendent of Public Instruction Recognize Washington’s Top Schools
DES MOINES, Wash. – The Washington State Board of Education’s March 17 meeting this week at Highline Community College will include a preview of the 2009 Washington Achievement Award winners, a collection of the state’s top-achieving schools.

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SBE News Releases for 2009

December 31, 2009 > SBE to Adopt New Plan to Help Struggling Schools
OLYMPIA, Wash. - The State Board of Education (SBE) will hold a meeting January 4 at the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction to finalize plans for a new system of statewide accountability, one designed to address Washington’s lowest achieving schools.

November 9, 2009 > SBE Formulates New Plan to Assist Challenged Schools
VANCOUVER, Wash. - The State Board of Education, in its bimonthly meeting occurring this November 12-13 at the Heathman Lodge, will consider a proposal to help Washington state’s most challenged schools.

September 1, 2009 > Connie Fletcher Selected to Fill SBE Vacancy
OLYMPIA, Wash. – Connie Fletcher (Issaquah) was selected to the Washington State Board of Education on Monday, August 31.

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