(1) Beginning in the 2015-16 school year, expenditure of funds from the learning assistance program must be consistent with the provisions of RCW 28A.655.235.
(2) Use of best practices that have been demonstrated through research to be associated with increased student achievement magnifies the opportunities for student success. To the extent they are included as a best practice or strategy in one of the state menus or an approved alternative under this section or RCW 28A.655.235, the following are services and activities that may be supported by the learning assistance program:
(a) Extended learning time opportunities occurring:
(i) Before or after the regular school day;
(ii) On Saturday; and
(iii) Beyond the regular school year;
(b) Services under RCW 28A.320.190;
(c) Professional development for certificated and classified staff that focuses on:
(i) The needs of a diverse student population;
(ii) Specific literacy and mathematics content and instructional strategies; and
(iii) The use of student work to guide effective instruction and appropriate assistance;
(d) Consultant teachers to assist in implementing effective instructional practices by teachers serving participating students;
(e) Tutoring support for participating students;
(f) Outreach activities and support for parents of participating students, including employing parent and family engagement coordinators; and
(g) Up to five percent of a district's learning assistance program allocation may be used for development of partnerships with community-based organizations, educational service districts, and other local agencies to deliver academic and nonacademic supports to participating students who are significantly at risk of not being successful in school to reduce barriers to learning, increase student engagement, and enhance students' readiness to learn. The office of the superintendent of public instruction must approve any community-based organization or local agency before learning assistance funds may be expended.
(3) In addition to the state menu developed under RCW 28A.655.235, the office of the superintendent of public instruction shall convene a panel of experts, including the Washington state institute for public policy, to develop additional state menus of best practices and strategies for use in the learning assistance program to assist struggling students at all grade levels in English language arts and mathematics and reduce disruptive behaviors in the classroom. The office of the superintendent of public instruction shall publish the state menus by July 1, 2015, and update the state menus by each July 1st thereafter.
(4)(a) Beginning in the 2016-17 school year, except as provided in (b) of this subsection, school districts must use a practice or strategy that is on a state menu developed under subsection (3) of this section or RCW 28A.655.235.
(b) Beginning in the 2016-17 school year, school districts may use a practice or strategy that is not on a state menu developed under subsection (3) of this section for two school years initially. If the district is able to demonstrate improved outcomes for participating students over the previous two school years at a level commensurate with the best practices and strategies on the state menu, the office of the superintendent of public instruction shall approve use of the alternative practice or strategy by the district for one additional school year. Subsequent annual approval by the superintendent of public instruction to use the alternative practice or strategy is dependent on the district continuing to demonstrate increased improved outcomes for participating students.
(c) Beginning in the 2016-17 school year, school districts may enter cooperative agreements with state agencies, local governments, or school districts for administrative or operational costs needed to provide services in accordance with the state menus developed under this section and RCW 28A.655.235.
(5) School districts are encouraged to implement best practices and strategies from the state menus developed under this section and RCW 28A.655.235 before the use is required.
[2013 2nd sp.s. c 18 § 203; 2008 c 321 § 4; 2004 c 20 § 4.]
| Application -- Enforcement of laws protecting health and safety -- 2013 2nd sp.s. c 18: See note following RCW 28A.600.022.|
Findings -- 2008 c 321: See note following RCW 28A.655.061.