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    Washington School Improvement Framework
    Posted on 03/15/2018

    OSPI Releases New Washington School Improvement Framework Tool to Report School Performance

    The Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) has releasing the new Washington state and federal accountability information for every school in the state as required in the Every Students Succeeds Act (ESSA) plan. ESSA replaced No Child Left Behind in 2015.

    The overarching ESSA goals are:

    • Pursuing equity through closing achievement and opportunity gaps.
    • Continuous improvement for all schools.
    • Attracting and retaining effective educators.
    • Allowing districts to innovate and make it easier to support their students.

    OSPI Washington School Improvement Framework

    OSPI is required by federal law to identify schools that need more support. For the 2017-18 school year, OSPI is implementing a new tool for ESSA that implements a fundamental change for school and student supports. The recently released Washington School Improvement Framework will provide public access to schools that are identified for targeted support.

    Every student should have the opportunity to succeed in Washington’s schools. Schools’ differing needs will require different supports, and lasting change takes time. OSPI will work with Seattle Public Schools and other districts to make changes that promote student success in each school.

    Framework Categories:

    1. Foundational Supports: schools that are not identified for targeted support on the OSPI report card. Most our schools fall into this category.
    2. Targeted School: a school that has at least one student group whose score falls into the lowest performing 5 percent of student demographic populations. Targeted schools will be identified each school year. Student demographic groups are American Indian/Alaskan Native, Asian, Black/African-American, Hispanic/Latino of any race, Native Hawaiian/other Pacific Islander, two or more races, White, English Learners, low income and students with disabilities.
    3. Comprehensive School: Comprehensive supports are developed with schools that fall into the lowest performing 5 percent for all schools across the state or have a graduation rate below 67 percent.

    All schools are in the business of continuous improvement, regardless of their identification status. Schools are identified for support to improve student learning — they are not identified as failing.

    Schools identified for Comprehensive or Targeted supports with three or more student groups identified as struggling, will partner with OSPI to determine supports needed to help their students succeed. OSPI will work with Seattle Public Schools executive directors of schools (ESDs) and other education partners to determine a plan of action that will best support the students in the district.

    While we know we have more work to do to meet the needs of all students, the number of schools identified is lower than anticipated, and, through our Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS) process, we have begun to create structures of support to address our schools’ needs.

    Find your school’s Continuous School Improvement Plan

    Read more about Multi-Tiered System of Support at Seattle Public Schools

    Go to the OSPI website to view the Washington School Improvement Framework

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