The State Board of Education (SBE) is committed to helping create an equitable education system, where each student receives what they need to thrive in civic engagement, careers, postsecondary education, and lifelong learning. Historically public education has not served all students equitably due to unequal access to resources including, but not limited to, culturally relevant and challenging curriculum, safe and modern facilities, and highly skilled staff. Until the system and its leaders recognize students’ needs and the barriers they face, the system falls short in providing each and every student the opportunity to reach their full potential. It is the intent of the Educational Equity and Inclusion Statement with its Glossary and the Equity Lens, to provide a clear understanding of the importance of educational equity to our education system. The words chosen in the Educational Equity Statement reflect the law, policies, and commitments of the Washington State Board of Education.
To fulfill the promise of equitable treatment to our students, parents, and educators, we seek to:
- Actively listen to those we serve.
- Speak out when we see wrongs.
- Make changes to promote equity in public education.
Educational Equity and Inclusion Statement
The Washington State Board of Education
The Board believes that the state’s school system exists to empower
To accomplish this, the Board will act with transparency
- Ensure that
educationalequity is understood as a process to identify and eliminate structural and institutional racism manifested through existing policies, practices, and procedures that reinforce and perpetuate predictably disparate educational outcomes; Honor and actively engage with Washington’s underserved communities as partners in developing and advocating for educationalequity-driven policies, practices, and resources that meet the needs of each student; and
educationalequity as a lens to assess and improve policymaking to support our school system’s commitment and ability to meet the needs of every student.
View as a downloadable PDF. (Updated September 2023)
See SBE equity lens.