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  • Click on your year to see the state graduation requirements. Students are assigned an expected graduation year at the time they enter ninth grade (WAC 180-51-035). They are held to the graduation requirements of that graduation year regardless of the year they actually complete high school. The requirements of the Class of 2019 carry-forward, so students in...

  • Community Forum registration: The community forum will be on July 10 at Ferris High School in Spokane. Families, students, educators, and community members are all invited to attend. 

  • Community Forum registration: The community forum will be on June 20 in Seattle at the University of Washington Waterfront Activities Center. Families, students, educators, and community members are all invited to attend. 

    (Please note: This is only a community forum. There will not be a Board meeting in June.)

  • The Board is in the process of updating their Strategic Plan. The Board sought feedback from a broad range of stakeholders through our community forums and meetings to ensure the plan is responsive to the needs of our state and our communities as we seek to provide a high quality education system that prepares all students for college, career, and life. 

    The strategic plan will establish goals and outline strategies that will move us...

  • Washington State Science Learning Standards: Resources for Teachers, Administrators, Parents, and Students

    Infographic on NGSS/WSSLS

    The Washington State 2013 K-12 Science Learning Standards (WSSLS) are the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). These standards describe what students should know and be able to do at each grade level. The State Board of...

  • At the meeting of the Washington State Board of Education, September 13, 2017, the following resolution was proposed and approved unanimously:

    WHEREAS, Washington State’s Constitution states that it is the “paramount duty of the state to educate all children residing within its borders…”, and,

    WHEREAS, under the U.S. Supreme Court decision Plyler v. Doe, 457 U.S. 202 (1982), all children have an equivalent right to attend public...

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    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 (...

  • The SBE collects compliance information annually

    The State Board of Education (SBE) collects compliance information annually online (through Igrants, form package 600) from each school district in Washington.

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  • Starting in 2015, the State Board of Education, with the support of a National Association of State Boards of Education Deeper Learning Stipend, has explored and discussed career readiness within the context of Washington’s high school diploma. The SBE has held joint meeting with Washington’s Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board and has met with and discussed career readiness with agency partners, parents, students, community...

  • Civics Requirement for the Class of 2016 and Beyond

    In 2009 the Washington State Legislature directed that students of Washington receive an education in civics by passing House Bill 2132 (codified in RCW 28A.230.093). The Legislature specified that the content...

  • Statewide Indicators of Educational System Health

    Indicator Spotlight: Exclusionary Discipline

    graphic of discipline by student group

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    In 2016, the Board for the...

  • Equity Statement of Intent

    The Washington State Board of Education has committed to using equityas a guiding principle in its decision-making related to its statutory charges, strategic planning, and in developing annual policy proposals for consideration by the Washington State Legislature and Governor.

    The Washington State Board of Education is committed to successful academic attainment for all students.  Accomplishing...

  • The Board typically meets bimonthly.

    2018 Meetings:

    Date Place City January 10-11 ESD 113 Tumwater March 6-7 SPSCC Event Center Lacey May 9-10 ESD 105 Yakima July 11-12 ESD 101 Spokane September 11-13 Semiahmoo Resort Blaine November 7-8 TBD Vancouver

    2019 Meetings:

    Date Place City January 9-10 TBD Olympia March 13-14...
  • Click on your year to see the state graduation requirements. Students are assigned an expected graduation year at the time they enter ninth grade (WAC 180-51-035). They are held to the graduation requirements of that graduation year regardless of the year they actually complete high school. [Back to Graduation...

  • Click on your year to see the state graduation requirements. Students are assigned an expected graduation year at the time they enter ninth grade (WAC 180-51-035). They are held to the graduation requirements of that graduation year regardless of the year they actually complete high school. [Back to Graduation...

  • NOTICE: New legislation was passed in the 2017 legislative session that affects assessment graduation requirements. We are working to update these webpages. For more information, click here.

    Click on your year to see the state graduation requirements. Students are assigned an expected graduation year at the time they enter ninth grade (...

  • NOTICE: New legislation was passed in the 2017 legislative session that affects assessment graduation requirements. We are working to update these webpages. For more information, click here.

    Click on your year to see the state graduation requirements. Students are assigned an expected graduation year at the time they enter ninth grade (...

  • NOTICE: New legislation was passed in the 2017 legislative session that affects assessment graduation requirements. We are working to update these webpages. For more information, click here.

    Click on your year to see the state graduation requirements. Students are assigned an expected graduation year at the time they enter ninth grade (...

  • The High School and Beyond Plan is a graduation requirement for every student. It's a tool for students, parents, and teachers to guide students through high school and think about their future. Plans are personalized and designed to help students set, visualize, and work to achieve goals.

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    2018 Legislative Priorities

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    2013 Anti-Bullying Resolution

    Supporting Inclusion of Students in Anti-Bullying Policymaking

    Adopted on November 15, 2013

    WHEREAS the State Board of Education affirms its commitment to strongly support the inclusion of students in the development of anti-bullying policies...

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    Resolution to Approve Washington State Graduation Requirement Framework: Career and College Ready

    Adopted on January 9, 2014

    WHEREAS, Our children are our state’s future and our education system must prepare them now for the continuing challenges of the 21st century; and

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    2014 Resolution on the McCleary School Funding Decision and school funding proposals entertained during the 2015 Legislative Session

    Adopted on September 10, 2014

    WHEREAS the Washington State Constitution establishes, as the paramount duty of the state, to make ample provision...

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    2014 Resolution to Raise Awareness of School Discipline Concerns and Best Practices

    Adopted on March 6, 2014

    WHEREAS the State Board of Education affirms its commitment to improving school discipline practices in Washington by collaborating with districts and communities, to promote best...

  • State Board of Education Resolutions

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  • The State Board of Education has the authority to creates rules for public and approved private schools in Washington state. Rules developed by SBE can be found in Title 180 WAC.

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  • Waivers Rule Criteria

    • In November 2012, the State Board of Education adopted rules to establish criteria for evaluation of requests for waivers under RCW 28A.305.140-141 from the basic education requirement of a minimum 180-day school year.
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