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The State Board of Education convened a mastery-based learning work group. This group identified barriers to mastery-based learning and explored ways to increase student access to relevant and robust mastery-based academic pathways aligned to personal career and postsecondary goals.

SBE has also established a new Mastery-based Learning Collaborative. Learn more about it: Avanti High School students and educators were recently featured in a short video discussing their experience with MBL. Special thanks to the schools and students featured.

This page will host all materials and agendas for the meetings of the mastery-based learning work group established in HB 1599. You can also review further background information, work group membership, or the statutory charge of the 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 Avanti High School, Olympia Multipurpose Room
February 27, 2020 South Puget Sound Community College - Lacey Campus Room 188
April 16, 2020 Virtual Meeting (Zoom) N/A
June 23, 2020 Virtual Meeting (Zoom) N/A
July 15-16, 2020 Virtual Meeting (Zoom) N/A
September 29, 2020 Virtual Meeting (Zoom) N/A
October 22, 2020 Virtual Meeting (Zoom) N/A
November 19, 2020 Virtual Meeting (Zoom) N/A
April 29, 2021 Virtual Meeting (Zoom) N/A
May 27, 2021 Virtual Meeting (Zoom) N/A
June 24, 2021 Virtual Meeting (Zoom) N/A
July 22, 2021 Virtual Meeting (Zoom) N/A
August 26, 2021 Virtual Meeting (Zoom) N/A
September 8, 2021 Virtual Meeting (Zoom) N/A
September 23, 2021 Virtual Meeting (Zoom) N/A
October 28, 2021 Virtual Meeting (Zoom) N/A
November 30, 2021 Virtual Meeting (Zoom) N/A


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November 19, 2020 Meeting Materials

October 22, 2020 Meeting Materials

September 29, 2020 Meeting Materials

July 15-16, 2020 Meeting Materials

June 23, 2020 Meeting Materials

April 16, 2020 Meeting Materials

February 27, 2020 Meeting Materials

November 14, 2019 Meeting Materials

September 23, 2019 Meeting Materials

June 20, 2019 Meeting Materials

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 Ann Rivers
Democratic Representative Speaker of the House Sharon Tomiko Santos
Republican Representative Speaker of the House Alex Ybarra
Student Association of Washington Student Leaders Ashley Lin, Union High School, Camas
Student Association of Washington Student Leaders Samiksha Matis
EOGOAC Representative Educational Opportunity Gap Oversight and Accountability Committee (EOGOAC) Frieda Takamura
High School Principal Association of Washington State Principals

Dr. 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 Bahr, Superintendent of Peninsula, WASA President

OSPI Representative Superintendent of Public Instruction Rhett Nelson
SBE Representative Chair of the State Board of Education Dr. Paul Pitre
PESB Representative Professional Educator Standards Board Alexandra Manuel 
WSAC Representative Washington Student Achievement Council Amelia Moore
WACTE Representative Washington Association of Colleges for Teacher Education Dr. Donita Torres, Assistant Professor, Eastern Washington University
Online Learning Community Representative Online Learning Advisory Committee of the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction

Ron Mayberry, Director of Career & College Readiness, Bethel School District

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.