Washington State

House of Representatives

Office of Program Research



Education Committee

HB 1577

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Brief Description: Concerning K-12 computer science education data.

Sponsors: Representatives Callan, Stonier, Steele, Vick, Bergquist, Senn, Slatter, Jenkin, Goodman, Pettigrew, Ybarra, Dent, Harris, Tarleton, Dolan and Lekanoff.

Brief Summary of Bill

  • Requires school districts to submit to the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI), and the OSPI to post conspicuously on its website, information related to computer science and related math programs, for example, the nature of programs offered, the demographics of students enrolled in the programs, and information about the instructors.

Hearing Date: 2/14/19

Staff: Megan Wargacki (786-7194).


Data Collection. The Comprehensive Education Data and Research System (CEDARS) is a longitudinal data system managed by the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) to collect, store and report data related to students, courses, and teachers. The data collected is either mandated by state or federal law, or approved by the Data Governance Group at the OSPI.

There is a course catalog in CEDARS for all courses for all grades offered at each public school.

Student related information in CEDARS includes each students' gender, grade level, demographics, eligibility for certain education programs, and a record of all courses attempted by the student. For students in grades 9 through 12, there is also a record of the final grades and credit information for each course attempted and earned by the student.

There is also information in CEDARS about the staff teaching each course or assigned to a homeroom, including each staff member's gender, academic degrees, and certification.

Student Privacy. In order to balance student privacy with displaying student data for accountability purposes, the OSPI displays three years of combined student data on its state, school district, and school-level reports. For each set of data, if there are fewer than 20 students in a particular subgroup or school across a three-year period, then the data set for that group or school is not displayed.

Summary of Bill:

Beginning April 30, 2019, and by April 30 annually thereafter, school districts must submit to the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI), and the OSPI must post conspicuously on its website, a report for the preceding academic year that must include the following data:

Appropriation: None.

Fiscal Note: Requested on February 5, 2019.

Effective Date: The bill takes effect 90 days after adjournment of the session in which the bill is passed.