WSR 16-20-019
[Filed September 26, 2016, 11:03 a.m.]
Subject of Possible Rule Making: Washington achievement index (index) developed under RCW 28A.657.110, as revised for compliance with S. 1177, 114th Congress, known as the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).
Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 28A.657.110(1), 28A.657.120.
Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: Rules must be updated to reflect changes in federal law (ESSA) such as new minimum graduation thresholds and new school and district improvement goals. ESSA also requires the identification of new indicators for annual meaningful differentiation and a methodology for identifying schools for comprehensive and targeted support.
Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: RCW 28A.657.110(1) requires the office of superintendent of public instruction (OSPI) to design a comprehensive system of strategies for recognition, provision of differentiated support and targeted assistance and, if necessary, intervention in schools and school systems, which shall be based on the accountability framework established by SBE under that same subsection. SBE will consult closely with OSPI in the preparation of any proposed rules concerning the achievement index. The index will be submitted to the United States Department of Education as part of the state plan required by S. 1117, 114th Congress (ESSA).
Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Andrew Parr, (360) 725-6063,; or Kaaren Heikes, (360) 725-6029,
September 26, 2016
Ben Rarick
Executive Director