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Mastery-Based Learning Work Group

The State Board of Education is convening a mastery-based learning workgroup to identify barriers to mastery-based learning and explore ways to increase student access to relevant and robust mastery-based academic pathways aligned to personal career and postsecondary goals.

This page will host all materials and agendas for the meetings of the mastery-based learning work group established in E2SHB 1599. You can also review further background information, work group membership, or the statutory charge of the work group. 

Work Group Meeting Dates

Date Meeting Place Room Location
June 20, 2019 John A. Cherberg Building, State Capitol Conference Room ABC
September 23, 2019 John L. O'Brien Building, State Capitol House Hearing Room A
November 14, 2019 TBD TBD
First 2020 meeting date will be shortly after legislative session TBD TBD

September 23, 2019 Meeting Materials

June 20, 2019 Meeting Materials


  • Competency-Based Crediting Handbook: Summary of current Washington state laws that may influence mastery-based learning.
  • iNACOL Resources: iNACOL is a nonprofit organization that originated as advocate for online learning, that now has a broader mission to support transformative personalized and student-centered learning.
  • CompetencyWorks Resources: CompetencyWorks is a collaborative initiative lead by iNACOL to support competency-based education.

Background Information, Membership, and Statutory Charge of the Mastery-Based Learning Work Group

State Board of Education's Convening Role for the Mastery-Based Learning Work Group

The State Board of Education shall:

  • Provide staff support to the work group;
  • Coordinate work group membership to ensure member diversity, including racial, ethnic, gender, geographic, community size, and expertise diversity; and
  • Submit an interim report outlining preliminary findings and potential recommendations to the governor and the education committees of the house of representatives and the senate by December 1, 2019, and a final report, provided to the same recipients, detailing all findings and recommendations related to the work group’s purpose and tasks by December 1, 2020.

Workgroup Membership

Member Selected By Name of Member
Democratic Senator Senate President Lisa Wellman
Republican Senator Senate President TBD
Democratic Representative Speaker of the House Sharon Tomiko Santos
Republic Representative Speaker of the House Chris Corry
Student Association of Washington Student Leaders Ashley Lin, Union High School, Camas
Student Association of Washington Student Leaders Lafayette Jones, Renton High School, Renton 
EOGOAC Representative Educational Opportunity Gap Oversight and Accountability Committee (EOGOAC) Frieda Takamura
High School Principal Association of Washington State Principals

Kory Kalahar, Principal of WestSide High School, Wenatchee

High School Certificated Teacher Washington Education Association

Miguel A. Saldaña, Teacher, Pasco

High School Counselor Washington Education Association Jenny Morgan, Counselor, Olympia
District Board Member or Superintendent

Washington State School Directors' Association 

Washington Association of School Adminstrators 

Aurora Flores, Manson School Board, WSSDA President

Krestin Behr, Superintendent of Eatonville, WASA President

OSPI Representative Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathe Taylor
SBE Representative Chair of the State Board of Education Paul Pitre

Statutory Charge of the Work Group

The State Board of Education shall convene a work group to inform the governor, the legislature, and the public about barriers to mastery-based learning in Washington state whereby:

  • (a) Students advance upon demonstrated mastery of content;
  • (b) Competencies include explicit, measurable, transferable learning objectives that empower students;
  • (c) Assessments are meaningful and a positive learning experience for students;
  • (d) Students receive rapid, differentiated support based on their individual learning needs; and
  • (e) Learning outcomes emphasize competencies that include application and creation of knowledge along with the development of important skills and dispositions.

The work group shall examine opportunities to increase student access to relevant and robust mastery-based academic pathways aligned to personal career goals and postsecondary education. The work group shall also review the role of the high school and beyond plan in supporting mastery-based learning. The work group shall consider:

  • (a) Improvements in the high school and beyond plan as an essential tool for mastery-based learning;
  • (b) Development of mastery-based pathways to the earning of a high school diploma;
  • (c) The results of the competency-based pathways previously approved by the state board of education under RCW 28A.230.090 as a learning resource; and
  • (d) Expansion of mastery-based credits to meet graduation requirements.