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Recent Basic Education PPT (July 2022 Board meeting)

Basic Education Report (July 2022 Board meeting)

Viktoria Bobyleva
Basic Education Manager

The State Board of Education (SBE) is now collecting compliance information annually online from each school district in Washington. The prompts for the 2022-23 collection are provided for respondents to review prior to initiating the collection process.

SBE is responsible for ensuring district compliance with the program of Basic Education, and annually conducts a survey that allows districts to affirm compliance. For the 2022-2023 school year, the survey application and format have been changed to accommodate new reporting requirements for an emergency waiver program in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and to address the evolving need to collect information from districts to help improve the state’s K-12 educational system.

The number of questions about credit graduation requirements and the emergency waiver program have been reduced, and a few questions about state-mandated and state-recommended educational elements were added. The purpose of these questions are to 1) help inform districts of requirements and recommendations in current law, and 2) gather information that helps the Board to promote a system that best meets the goals of Basic Education for all students.

The State Board of Education has finalized the annual basic education collection to ensure compliance with the basic education law from each school district in Washington. The annual process of basic education certification was completed at the November Board meeting on November 2, 2022. All Washington State public school districts and Learning Education Agencies (LEAs) have received basic education certification. Basic education certification is a mandatory process and an integral part of work that the State Board is tasked to accomplish annually. This process is different from such procedures as accreditation or private school approval. Accreditation is a process that a school district can follow voluntarily, whereas the process of approval is mandatory for private schools. Please, find more information on accreditation and private school approval on this page: Accreditation | SBE (

Based on provisions of Chapter 28A. 150 RCW, Chapter 28A. 230 RCW, Chapter 28A. 300 RCW, and Chapter 28A. 320 RCW, the State Board generated and implemented the 2022-2023 Basic Education Compliance Matrix. The Matrix lists four criteria that establish the recommendation of compliance or noncompliance with the basic education provisions. It identifies the basic education elements that are mandatory, required, and/or encouraged at Washington State school districts. The mandated criterion shows the elements that must be present within the education program in every school district and LEA prior to a recommendation for certification of compliance. The required criterion describes elements which have an explicit basic education or compulsory education reference in statute, and the presence (or not) of the element factors into compliance recommendation. The notification criterion describes elements that are related to basic education, are required elsewhere in statute, and do not have an explicit basic education reference. These do not factor into the compliance recommendation and would result in a notification to the district. The encouraged criterion describes elements that are encouraged in the statute, and these do not factor into compliance recommendation. Please, find a copy of the 2022-2023 Basic Education Matrix here.


Basic Education Report (July 2022 Board meeting)

2021-22 Basic Education Compliance PPT (July 2022 Board meeting)

2020 District Graduation Requirements Comparison

Instructional Hours FAQ

Interpretive Statement on the Calculation of Instructional Hours

Accreditation FAQ

Per WAC 180-16-195, annual reporting on this form gives assurance to the Board that school districts are in compliance with the minimum requirements of the Basic Education Act under RCW 28A.150.220, as well as related requirements determined by the SBE.

What the does Basic Education Compliance and District Survey Contain?
The survey includes questions regarding minimum access to the program of basic education that allow the state to ensure that students are offered the full breadth of the goals of the program of basic education, specific required or encouraged offering, and the full breadth of  the state learning standards. Focuses of the new and improved basic education survey are described first:

  • Instructional hours, days, and school schedules
  • State-mandated and state-recommended educational offerings and activities
  • Mastery-based learning
  • Emergency waiver administration and data from last spring.
  • Continuity of Operations Plan to ensure transition to modalities other than in-person in the event of an emergency

A summary of the four following time-related accessibility questions is that they cover the minimum access to time for students to engage in instructional hours or school days. This is the basic entitlement of time to all students. 

For questions or if your school district is out of compliance with any of the requirements, please contact Viktoria Bobyleva, Basic Education Manager.

  • Kindergarten Minimum 180-day School Year (RCW 28A.150.203 / RCW 28A.150.220 / RCW 28A.150.315) –Implementation of all-day kindergarten programs must be achieved in the 2017-18 school year.  All-day programs must consist of no fewer than 180 days.
  • Kindergarten Total Instructional Hour Offering (RCW 28A.150.203 / RCW28A.150.220 / RCW 28A.150.315) - Implementation of all-day kindergarten programs must be achieved in the 2017-18 school year.  All-day programs must consist of no fewer than 180 days, comprising no fewer than 1,000 hours of instruction.
  • Grades 1-12 Minimum 180-Day School Year (RCW 28A.150.220 / RCW 28A.150.203) - The school year is accessible to all legally eligible students and consists of at least 180 school days for students grades 1-12, inclusive of any 180-day waivers granted by the State Board of Education.
  • Grades 1-12 Total Instructional Hour Offering (RCW 28A.150.220 / RCW 28A.150.205 / WAC 180-16-200) - The district makes available to students enrolled in grades 1-12 at least a district-wide average 1,000 instructional hours in grades 1-8 and a district-wide average 1,080 instructional hours in grades 9-12, which may be calculated as a district-wide average of 1,027 instructional hours in grades 1-12.

The following is the student’s entitlement to coursework to complete graduation requirements such subject areas and credits, graduation pathway options, the High School and Beyond Plan, and local graduation requirements:

  • State High School Graduation Minimum Requirements (RCW 28A.150.220 / RCW 28A.230.090 / WAC 180-51-066) All subject areas are aligned with the state’s high school learning standards and essential academic learning requirements, at a minimum meet grades 9-10 grade level expectations. District high schools meet or exceed all state minimum graduation requirements.