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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Current Rulemaking Activity
Rule-making to implement provisions of House Bill 1599
July 16, 2019: The State Board of Education submitted a CR-101 to make changes as necessary to align rule to current policy or practice, correct references to law, implement recently passed legislation, improve readability of the rule, or make other changes identified during the review of Chapter 180-51 WAC (High School Graduation Requirements).
(This includes implementation for provisions of ESHB 2224 (Chapter 31, Laws of 2017), SHB 2686 (Chapter 229, Laws of 2018), SSHB 1896 (Chapter 127, Laws of 2018), and E2SHB 1599 (Chapter 252, Laws of 2019). E2SHB 1599 (Chapter 252, Laws of 2019) grants the State Board of Education rule-making authorities.)
As was shared at the July Board meeting: this is an additional, early, informal phase in this rule-making process, expressly for the purpose of getting feedback from our partners early in the process (so that the field has direction as early in the upcoming school year as possible). The Board intends to formally approve proposed rule language at the September Board meeting (September 12). SBE will then file the CR-102 after that meeting, continue soliciting input, hold a public hearing, and present to the Board for final adoption at the November Board meeting.
A public hearing will be held later this fall.
The key changes in the draft rules are outlined as follows, for Chapter 180-51 WAC:
- Graduation Pathway Options (listed in the document section as Draft Rules for Graduation Pathways)
- High School and Beyond Plan (forthcoming in late August)
- Credit requirements, including High school credit earned in middle school (forthcoming in late August)
Background Information and Resources:
- Implementation of E2SHB 1599 (Excerpt from July 2019 SBE Meeting Materials)
- Cambridge International Overview
Documents:DRAFT Rules for Graduation Pathway Options: WAC 180-51-230, which the Board discussed for approximately three hours during SBE’s July 10-11 meeting and “green-ligted” to signal the direction the agency is going with the rule content.
WSR 19-12-098 (Preproposal Statement of Inquiry)*
In order to have your feedback considered in the draft rules on WAC 180-51-230 (Graduation Pathway Options) the Board plans to approve on September 12, please send your feedback to us by August 15. You may send feedback via email to Alissa Muller, or by phone: 360-725-6501.
Rule-making to update the Required Action District Process
February 1, 2019: The State Board of Education submitted a CR-102 (WSR 19-04-073) to repeal obsolete rules, amend or repeal rules inconsistent with board policy, update rules to be compatible with new circumstances and policy issues, and make necessary technical corrections in Chapter 180-17 WAC. The State Board of Education has determined that current rule in Chapter 180-17 prevents the SBE and OSPI from making changes to improve the required action process. The SBE and OSPI are engaged in a collaborative effort to improve the required action process and these rule changes will reflect the outcomes of that collaboration.
A public hearing will be held on March 13 at 4:30 p.m. at South Puget Sound Community College, Lacey Campus, Room 194, 4220 6th Ave SE, Lacey, WA 98503.
The key changes in the proposed rules are outlined as follows:
- Updated the language to be consistent with the current state and federal accountability framework.
- Removed most specific review dates from current rule that do not line up with the board meeting schedule and create an overly rigid structure. The specified dates that remain are those determined in statute. The statute also includes specific review timelines that are included in the draft rule.
- Removed outdated SIG references.
- Added definitions section (referencing other WAC sections where appropriate).
Documents: WSR 18-19-083 (Preproposal Statement of Inquiry)
Rule-making to implement provisions of ESHB 2224, SHB 2686, and SSHB 1896
June 12, 2018: On July 12, 2018, the Board approved of proposed rules to be submitted to the Code Reviser’s Office after the Legislature has had a chance to review the proposed rules during the 2019 legislative session. On June 5, 2018, the State Board of Education submitted a CR-101 to implement provisions ESHB 2224 (Chapter 31, Laws of 2017), SHB 2686 (Chapter 229, Laws of 2018) and SSHB 1896 (Chapter 127, Laws of 2018), the State Board of Education is amending WAC 180-51-067, WAC 180-51-068, WAC 180-51-075 and creating a new section of rule in WAC Chapter 180-51. The State Board of Education will also make amendments to fix references to graduation requirement rule in WAC 180-51-003, WAC 180-51-035, and WAC 180-18-055. ESHB 2224 (Chapter 31, Laws of 2017), SHB 2686 (Chapter 229, Laws of 2018) and SSHB 1896 (Chapter 127, Laws of 2018) make changes to graduation requirements for Civics and High School and Beyond planning. To implement those provisions, the State Board of Education will amend rules related to graduation requirements.
The key changes in the proposed rules are outlined as follows:
- The same changes updating the HSBP are made to both WAC 180-51-067 and WAC 180-51-068—this draft includes both rules with identical changes.
- A new rule is added, WAC 180-51-069. This rule is for the graduating class of 2024 and beyond, which will have a stand-alone civics course as a graduation requirement. The rule includes both updated language for the HSBP and language to implement civics as a stand-alone course.
- In WAC 180-51-067, WAC 180-51-068, and the new proposed WAC 180-51-069. The new components of the HSBP are listed: initiation in the 7th or 8th Grade, Identification of career goals, aided by a skills and career interest inventory assessment, identification of educational goals, a four-year plan for course-taking plan, etc.
- New language is added to clarify that individual education programs for students receiving special education services should support the HSBP, while providing that all federal, state, and local requirements are met.
- WAC 180-51-075 is repealed. The rule is redundant, as information on social studies graduation requirements are included in the previous rules.
- The social studies graduation requirements are described, with civics as a stand-alone course. The required content of civics is listed: government organization, Washington and U.S. Constitution, current issues, etc.
- A definition of “stand-alone course” is added.
Documents: WSR 18-12-106 (Preproposal Statement of Inquiry)
Recent Rule-Making Activity
Rule-making to implement provisions of House Bill 2824
August 1, 2018: The State Board of Education submitted a CR-102 to implement provisions of Substitute HB 2824 (Chapter 177, Laws of 2018) and to make changes to rule as needed, the State Board of Education is amending WAC 180-16-195 (Basic education compliance annual reporting and review process), WAC 180-16-225 (Waiver-substantial lack of classroom space-grounds and procedure), WAC Chapter 180-18 (Waivers for restructuring purposes) and WAC Chapter 180-90 (Private schools).
Key Dates: The CR-102 will be published in the Washington State Register on August 15, 2018 and a public hearing will occur on September 5, 2018 at 2:00 pm at the Brouillet Room in the Old Capitol Building at 600 Washington Street SW, Olympia, WA 98504. Final rule adoption will be considered at the November 7 and 8 board meeting.
Documents: WSR 18-11-097 (Preproposal Statement of Inquiry), CR-102 (Proposed Rules and School District Fiscal Impact Statement), Proposed changes to Chapter 180-18 WAC, Chapter 180-90 WAC, WAC 180-16-195, and WAC 180-16-225
WSR 18-24-090 (Final Rules - CR-103)
Rule-making to align performance improvement goals to Washington Every Student Succeeds Act State Accountability Plan
2018: The State Board of Education submitted a CR-103 to make various amendments to Chapter 180-105 WAC (Performance Improvement Goals) to align performance improvement goals to long-term goals described in the Washington Every Student Succeeds Act State Accountability Plan. The proposed amendments also make certain technical corrections to this chapter.
Key Dates: The Board will hold a public hearing at 11:45 a.m. on July 11, 2018 at ESD 101, Conference Center, 4202 S Regal St, Spokane, WA.
Documents: WSR 18-11-108 (Proposed Rules)
WSR 18-22-024 (Final Rules - CR-103)
Expedited rule-making to implement provisions of House Bill 2824 that are effective 90 days after session
2018: Rule change was adopted after submittal of a CR-105 for expedited rule-making to implement provisions of Substitute House Bill 2824 (Chapter 177, Laws of 2018) that are effective 90 days after the end of the 2018 legislative session. The rule-making resulted in repeal of WAC Chapter 180-22 to eliminate the Board’s role in establishing Educational Service District Boundaries and an amendment to WAC 180-18-100 that transfers the administration to the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction of district waivers from the requirement for student access to Career and Technical Education course equivalencies.
Key Dates: The rule change was adopted on July 3, 2018 under the expedited rule-making process.
Documents: WSR 18-10-100 (Expedited Rules)
*Documents will be posted when they are published on the Code Reviser website.
Your input is valuable to the board as they consider these rules. Please contact us with your comments and questions:
Mail: 600 Washington Street SE, P.O. Box 47206, Olympia, WA 98504
Parker Teed, 360.725.6047