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Chapter 28a.300 RCW

SUPERINTENDENT OF PUBLIC INSTRUCTION

RCW Sections

28A.300.010Election -- Term of office.
28A.300.020Assistant superintendents, deputy superintendent, assistants -- Terms for exempt personnel.
28A.300.030Assistance of educational service district boards and superintendents -- Scope.
28A.300.035Assistance of certificated or classified employee -- Reimbursement for substitute.
28A.300.039Condensed compliance reports -- Second-class districts.
28A.300.040Powers and duties.
28A.300.0401School district fiscal notes.
28A.300.041Statewide student assessment system -- Redesign -- Reports to the legislature.
28A.300.042Student data-related reports -- Disaggregation of data by subgroups.
28A.300.045Pupil tests and records -- Rules.
28A.300.046"Student absence from school" -- Rules -- Collection of attendance and discipline data.
28A.300.050Assistance to professional educator standards board for activities involving professional educator excellence.
28A.300.060Studies and adoption of classifications for school district budgets -- Publication.
28A.300.065Classification and numbering system of school districts.
28A.300.070Receipt of federal funds for school purposes -- Superintendent of public instruction to administer.
28A.300.080Vocational agriculture education -- Intent.
28A.300.090Vocational agriculture education -- Service area established -- Duties.
28A.300.100Vocational agriculture education -- Superintendent to adopt rules.
28A.300.105Office of Native education -- Duties -- Report.
28A.300.106Native education public-private partnership account.
28A.300.115Holocaust instruction -- Preparation and availability of instructional materials.
28A.300.118College credit program information -- Notification to schools and parents.
28A.300.119Online learning programs for college credit -- Information.
28A.300.120Administrative hearing -- Contract to conduct authorized -- Final decision.
28A.300.130Center for the improvement of student learning -- Educational improvement and research -- Clearinghouse for information regarding educational improvement and parental involvement programs -- Web site development and maintenance -- Reports to the legislature.
28A.300.131Parental involvement -- Measures to evaluate level -- Models and practices -- Recognition.
28A.300.135Center for the improvement of student learning account.
28A.300.136Educational opportunity gap oversight and accountability committee -- Policy and strategy recommendations.
28A.300.1361Closing the achievement gap -- Enhancing data collection and data system capacity -- Securing federal funds.
28A.300.137Strategies to address the achievement gap -- Improvement of education performance measures -- Annual report.
28A.300.145Educational materials regarding sex offenses, sex offenders, and victims of sexual assault (as amended by 2013 c 10).
28A.300.145Educational materials regarding sex offenses, sex offenders, and victims of sexual assault (as amended by 2013 c 85).
28A.300.147Students required to register as sex or kidnapping offenders -- Sample policy.
28A.300.150Information on child abuse and neglect prevention curriculum -- Rules.
28A.300.160Development of coordinated primary prevention program for child abuse and neglect -- Office as lead agency.
28A.300.164Energy information program.
28A.300.165National guard high school career training and national guard youth challenge program--Rules.
28A.300.170State general fund -- Estimates for state support to public schools, from.
28A.300.172Prototypical funding allocation model -- Determination of educational system's capacity to accommodate increased resources -- Identification of limitations -- Reports.
28A.300.173Prototypical funding model -- District allocation of state resources -- Public access on internet-based portal.
28A.300.175Recovery of payments to recipients of state money -- Basis -- Resolution of audit findings -- Rules.
28A.300.185Family preservation education program.
28A.300.190Coordination of video telecommunications programming in schools.
28A.300.220Cooperation with workforce training and education coordinating board.
28A.300.230Findings -- Integration of vocational and academic education.
28A.300.235Development of model curriculum integrating vocational and academic education.
28A.300.240International student exchange.
28A.300.250Participation in federal nutrition programs -- Superintendent's duties.
28A.300.270Violence prevention training.
28A.300.275Alternative school start-up grants -- School safety grants -- Report to legislative committees.
28A.300.280Conflict resolution program.
28A.300.285Harassment, intimidation, and bullying prevention policies and procedures -- Model policy and procedure -- Training materials -- Posting on web site -- Rules -- Advisory committee.
28A.300.2851School bullying and harassment -- Work group.
28A.300.288Youth suicide prevention activities.
28A.300.290Effective reading programs -- Identification.
28A.300.295Identified programs -- Grants for in-service training and instructional materials.
28A.300.300Effective reading programs -- Information -- Development and implementation of strategies.
28A.300.310Second grade reading assessment -- Selection of reading passages -- Costs.
28A.300.320Second grade reading assessment -- Pilot projects -- Assessment selection -- Assessment results.
28A.300.330Primary grade reading grant program.
28A.300.340Primary grade reading grant program -- Timelines -- Rules.
28A.300.360Grants for programs and services -- Truant, at-risk, and expelled students.
28A.300.370World War II oral history project.
28A.300.380Career and technical student organizations -- Support services.
28A.300.390Kip Tokuda memorial Washington civil liberties public education program -- Findings.
28A.300.395Kip Tokuda memorial Washington civil liberties public education program -- Intent.
28A.300.400Kip Tokuda memorial Washington civil liberties public education program -- Definition.
28A.300.405Kip Tokuda memorial Washington civil liberties public education program -- Created -- Purpose.
28A.300.410Kip Tokuda memorial Washington civil liberties public education program -- Grants -- Acceptance of gifts, grants, or endowments.
28A.300.415Kip Tokuda memorial Washington civil liberties public education program -- Short title.
28A.300.420Student court programs.
28A.300.430Collaboration with children's system of care demonstration sites.
28A.300.440Natural science, wildlife, and environmental education grant program.
28A.300.450Financial education public-private partnership -- Established.
28A.300.460Financial education public-private partnership responsibilities -- Annual report.
28A.300.462Financial education public-private partnership -- Jumpstart coalition national standards -- Financial education learning standards -- Technical assistance and grants for demonstration projects -- Report.
28A.300.464Financial education public-private partnership -- Contents of report.
28A.300.465Financial education public-private partnership account.
28A.300.471Medical emergency response and automated external defibrillator program.
28A.300.475Medically accurate sexual health education -- Curricula -- Participation excused -- Parental review.
28A.300.480Civic education travel grant program.
28A.300.490Task force on gangs in schools -- Reports.
28A.300.500Longitudinal student data system.
28A.300.505School data systems -- Standards -- Reporting format.
28A.300.507K-12 data governance group -- Duties -- Reports.
28A.300.510After-school mathematics support program -- Reports.
28A.300.520Policies to support children of incarcerated parents.
28A.300.525Students in children's administration out-of-home care -- Report on educational experiences.
28A.300.530Individuals with dyslexia -- Identification and instruction -- Handbook -- Reports.
28A.300.540Uniform process to track expenditures for transporting homeless students -- Rules -- Information to be posted on web site -- Reports -- Video on identifying homeless students -- Best practices.
28A.300.545Condensed compliance report form -- Audit of districts submitting condensed compliance report forms.
28A.300.550Innovation schools -- Identification -- Web site -- Publicity.
28A.300.555Finding -- Grants to improve readiness to learn.
28A.300.560Data on college credit through dual credit courses -- Posting on web site.
28A.300.565Grants to implement emergency response systems.
28A.300.570Support of reading and early literacy.
28A.300.575Washington state seal of biliteracy.
28A.300.580Phone interpretation services -- Posting vendor information on web site.
28A.300.800Education of school-age children in short-term foster care -- Working group -- Recommendations to legislature.
28A.300.8001Plan for cross-system collaboration to promote educational stability and improve educational outcomes for foster children -- Reports.
28A.300.801Legislative youth advisory council.
28A.300.802Advisory groups -- Travel -- Compensation.
28A.300.803Openly licensed courseware -- Identifying and developing library -- Reports -- Open educational resources account.

Notes:

Corporal punishment prohibited -- Adoption of policy: RCW 28A.150.300.

Driving instructor's licensing, adoption by superintendent of rules: RCW 46.82.320.

Interagency agreement on fetal alcohol exposure programs: RCW 70.96A.510.

Mental health first aid training for teachers and educational staff: RCW 43.20A.765.

Model school district plan for recognition, initial screening, and response to emotional or behavioral distress in students: RCW 28A.320.1271.

Occupational forecast -- Agency consultation: RCW 50.38.030.

State investment board, appointment of member by superintendent: RCW 43.33A.020.



28A.300.010
Election — Term of office.

A superintendent of public instruction shall be elected by the qualified electors of the state, on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November of the year in which state officers are elected, and shall hold his or her office for the term of four years, and until his or her successor is elected and qualified.

[1990 c 33 § 250; 1969 ex.s. c 223 § 28A.03.010. Prior: 1909 c 97 p 231 § 1; RRS § 4521; prior: 1897 c 118 § 20; 1891 c 127 § 1; 1890 p 348 § 3; Code 1881 § 3154; 1873 p 419 § 1; 1861 p 55 § 1. Formerly RCW 28A.03.010, 28.03.010, 43.11.010.]




28A.300.020
Assistant superintendents, deputy superintendent, assistants — Terms for exempt personnel.

The superintendent of public instruction may appoint assistant superintendents of public instruction, a deputy superintendent of public instruction, and may employ such other assistants and clerical help as are necessary to carry out the duties of the superintendent and the state board of education. However, the superintendent shall employ without undue delay the executive director of the state board of education and other state board of education office assistants and clerical help, appointed by the state board under RCW 28A.305.130, whose positions are allotted and funded in accordance with moneys appropriated exclusively for the operation of the state board of education. The rate of compensation and termination of any such executive director, state board office assistants, and clerical help shall be subject to the prior consent of the state board of education. The assistant superintendents, deputy superintendent, and such other officers and employees as are exempted from the provisions of chapter 41.06 RCW, shall serve at the pleasure of the superintendent or at the pleasure of the superintendent and the state board of education as provided in this section. Expenditures by the superintendent of public instruction for direct and indirect support of the state board of education are valid operational expenditures by and in behalf of the office of the superintendent of public instruction.

[2005 c 497 § 403; 1996 c 25 § 2; 1969 ex.s. c 223 § 28A.03.020. Prior: 1967 c 158 § 3; 1909 c 97 p 234 § 4; RRS § 4524; prior: 1905 c 56 § 1; 1903 c 104 § 10; 1897 c 118 § 23; 1890 p 351 § 5. Formerly RCW 28A.03.020, 28.03.020, 43.11.020.]

Notes:

     Intent -- Part headings not law -- Effective date -- 2005 c 497: See notes following RCW 28A.305.011.




28A.300.030
Assistance of educational service district boards and superintendents — Scope.

The superintendent of public instruction, by rule or regulation, may require the assistance of educational service district boards and/or superintendents in the performance of any duty, authority, or power imposed upon or granted to the superintendent of public instruction by law or by the Constitution of the state of Washington, upon such terms and conditions as the superintendent of public instruction shall establish. Such authority to assist the superintendent of public instruction shall be limited to the service function of information collection and dissemination and the attestment to the accuracy and completeness of submitted information.

[1975 1st ex.s. c 275 § 46; 1971 ex.s. c 282 § 29. Formerly RCW 28A.03.028.]

Notes:

     Severability -- 1971 ex.s. c 282: See note following RCW 28A.310.010.




28A.300.035
Assistance of certificated or classified employee — Reimbursement for substitute.

If the superintendent of public instruction or the state board of education, in carrying out their powers and duties under Title 28A RCW, request the service of any certificated or classified employee of a school district upon any committee formed for the purpose of furthering education within the state, or within any school district therein, and such service would result in a need for a school district to employ a substitute for such certificated or classified employee during such service, payment for such a substitute may be made by the superintendent of public instruction from funds appropriated by the legislature for the current use of the common schools and such payments shall be construed as amounts needed for state support to the common schools under RCW 28A.150.380. If such substitute is paid by the superintendent of public instruction, no deduction shall be made from the salary of the certificated or classified employee. In no event shall a school district deduct from the salary of a certificated or classified employee serving on such committee more than the amount paid the substitute employed by the district.

[1994 c 113 § 1; 1990 c 33 § 147; 1973 1st ex.s. c 3 § 1. Formerly RCW 28A.160.220, 28A.41.180.]




28A.300.039
Condensed compliance reports — Second-class districts.

Any compliance reporting requirements as a result of laws in this chapter that apply to second-class districts may be submitted in accordance with RCW 28A.330.250.

[2011 c 45 § 19.]

Notes:

     Conflict with federal requirements -- 2011 c 45: See note following RCW 28A.330.250.




28A.300.040
Powers and duties.

In addition to any other powers and duties as provided by law, the powers and duties of the superintendent of public instruction shall be:

     (1) To have supervision over all matters pertaining to the public schools of the state;

     (2) To report to the governor and the legislature such information and data as may be required for the management and improvement of the schools;

     (3) To prepare and have printed such forms, registers, courses of study, rules for the government of the common schools, and such other material and books as may be necessary for the discharge of the duties of teachers and officials charged with the administration of the laws relating to the common schools, and to distribute the same to educational service district superintendents;

     (4) To travel, without neglecting his or her other official duties as superintendent of public instruction, for the purpose of attending educational meetings or conventions, of visiting schools, and of consulting educational service district superintendents or other school officials;

     (5) To prepare and from time to time to revise a manual of the Washington state common school code, copies of which shall be made available online and which shall be sold at approximate actual cost of publication and distribution per volume to public and nonpublic agencies or individuals, said manual to contain Titles
28A and 28C RCW, rules related to the common schools, and such other matter as the state superintendent or the state board of education shall determine;

     (6) To file all papers, reports and public documents transmitted to the superintendent by the school officials of the several counties or districts of the state, each year separately. Copies of all papers filed in the superintendent's office, and the superintendent's official acts, may, or upon request, shall be certified by the superintendent and attested by the superintendent's official seal, and when so certified shall be evidence of the papers or acts so certified to;

     (7) To require annually, on or before the 15th day of August, of the president, manager, or principal of every educational institution in this state, a report as required by the superintendent of public instruction; and it is the duty of every president, manager, or principal, to complete and return such forms within such time as the superintendent of public instruction shall direct;

     (8) To keep in the superintendent's office a record of all teachers receiving certificates to teach in the common schools of this state;

     (9) To issue certificates as provided by law;

     (10) To keep in the superintendent's office at the capital of the state, all books and papers pertaining to the business of the superintendent's office, and to keep and preserve in the superintendent's office a complete record of statistics, as well as a record of the meetings of the state board of education;

     (11) With the assistance of the office of the attorney general, to decide all points of law which may be submitted to the superintendent in writing by any educational service district superintendent, or that may be submitted to the superintendent by any other person, upon appeal from the decision of any educational service district superintendent; and the superintendent shall publish his or her rulings and decisions from time to time for the information of school officials and teachers; and the superintendent's decision shall be final unless set aside by a court of competent jurisdiction;

     (12) To administer oaths and affirmations in the discharge of the superintendent's official duties;

     (13) To deliver to his or her successor, at the expiration of the superintendent's term of office, all records, books, maps, documents and papers of whatever kind belonging to the superintendent's office or which may have been received by the superintendent's for the use of the superintendent's office;

     (14) To administer family services and programs to promote the state's policy as provided in RCW 74.14A.025;

     (15) To promote the adoption of school-based curricula and policies that provide quality, daily physical education for all students, and to encourage policies that provide all students with opportunities for physical activity outside of formal physical education classes;

     (16) To perform such other duties as may be required by law.

[2011 1st sp.s. c 43 § 302; 2009 c 556 § 10; 2006 c 263 § 104; 2005 c 360 § 6; 1999 c 348 § 6; 1992 c 198 § 6; 1991 c 116 § 2; 1990 c 33 § 251; 1982 c 160 § 2; 1981 c 249 § 1; 1977 c 75 § 17; 1975 1st ex.s. c 275 § 47; 1971 ex.s. c 100 § 1; 1969 ex.s. c 176 § 102; 1969 ex.s. c 223 § 28A.03.030. Prior: 1967 c 158 § 4; 1909 c 97 p 231 § 3; RRS § 4523; prior: 1907 c 240 § 1; 1903 c 104 § 9; 1901 c 177 § 5; 1901 c 41 § 1; 1899 c 142 § 4; 1897 c 118 § 22; 1891 c 127 §§ 1, 2; 1890 pp 348-351 §§ 3, 4; Code 1881 §§ 3155-3160; 1873 p 419 §§ 2-6; 1861 p 55 §§ 2, 3, 4. Formerly RCW 28A.03.030, 28.03.030, 43.11.030.]

Notes:

     Effective date -- Purpose -- 2011 1st sp.s. c 43: See notes following RCW 43.19.003.

     Findings -- Purpose -- Part headings not law -- 2006 c 263: See notes following RCW 28A.150.230.

     Findings -- Intent -- 2005 c 360: See note following RCW 36.70A.070.

     Intent -- 1999 c 348: See note following RCW 28A.205.010.

     Severability -- 1992 c 198: See RCW 70.190.910.

     Severability -- 1982 c 160: "If any provision of this amendatory act or its application to any person or circumstance is held invalid, the remainder of the act or the application of the provision to other persons or circumstances is not affected." [1982 c 160 § 4.]

     Rights preserved -- Severability -- 1969 ex.s. c 176: See notes following RCW 28A.310.010.

     Studies -- 1969 ex.s. c 283: "The superintendent of public instruction is directed to develop, prepare and make available information as follows:

     (1) A budgetary study of the fiscal impact which would result from payment to substitute teachers, who are on a continuing basis of twelve or more days within any calendar month, at a rate of pay commensurate with their training and experience and at a per diem salary in proportion to the salary for which that teacher would be eligible as a full time teacher;

     (2) A study showing the percentage of high school graduates who go on to an institution of higher education, including community colleges, the distribution of such students, and the percentage thereof which continue in higher education through the various grades or years thereof; and

     (3) A study of the fiscal impact of establishing one hundred and eighty days as the base salary period for all contracts with certificated employees." [1969 ex.s. c 283 § 8.]

     Severability -- 1969 ex.s. c 283: See note following RCW 28A.150.050.




28A.300.0401
School district fiscal notes.

(1) The office of the superintendent of public instruction shall, where it is practicable to do so within available resources, prepare school district fiscal notes on proposed legislation that increases or decreases, or tends to increase or decrease, school district revenues or expenditures in a manner that uniquely affects school districts. Proposed legislation that uniquely affects school districts includes, but is not limited to, legislation that affects school districts' responsibilities as providers of educational services under this title, as employers under chapter 41.59 RCW, or as excess levy taxing authorities under RCW 84.52.053 and 84.52.0531, but excludes proposed legislation that affects school districts only in the same manner that it affects other units of local government.

     (2) Where practicable, the school district fiscal note shall show the fiscal impact of the proposed legislation on each school district. Where it is not practicable to do so, the school district fiscal note shall show the effect of the legislation on a range of representative school districts. The fiscal note must set forth any assumptions that were used in selecting the representative districts, along with any other assumptions made about the fiscal impact.

     (3) School district fiscal notes prepared under this section are subject to coordination by the office of financial management under RCW 43.88A.020 and are otherwise subject to the requirements and procedures of chapter 43.88A RCW.

[2011 c 140 § 3.]




28A.300.041
Statewide student assessment system — Redesign — Reports to the legislature.

(1) The legislature finds that a statewide student assessment system should improve and inform classroom instruction, support accountability, and provide useful information to all levels of the educational system, including students, parents, teachers, schools, school districts, and the state. The legislature intends to redesign the current statewide system, in accordance with the recommendations of the Washington assessment of student learning legislative work group, to:

     (a) Include multiple assessment formats, including both formative and summative, as necessary to provide information to help improve instruction and inform accountability;

     (b) Enable collection of data that allows both statewide and nationwide comparisons of student learning and achievement; and

     (c) Be balanced so that the information used to make significant decisions that affect school accountability or student educational progress includes many data points and does not rely on solely the results of a single assessment.

     (2) The legislature further finds that one component of the assessment system should be instructionally supportive formative assessments. The key design elements or characteristics of an instructionally supportive assessment must:

     (a) Be aligned to state standards in areas that are being assessed;

     (b) Measure student growth and competency at multiple points throughout the year in a manner that allows instructors to monitor student progress and have the necessary trend data with which to improve instruction;

     (c) Provide rapid feedback;

     (d) Link student growth with instructional elements in order to gauge the effectiveness of educators and curricula;

     (e) Provide tests that are appropriate to the skill level of the student;

     (f) Support instruction for students of all abilities, including highly capable students and students with learning disabilities;

     (g) Be culturally, linguistically, and cognitively relevant, appropriate, and understandable to each student taking the assessment;

     (h) Inform parents and draw parents into greater participation of the student's study plan;

     (i) Provide a way to analyze the assessment results relative to characteristics of the student such as, but not limited to, English language learners, gender, ethnicity, poverty, age, and disabilities;

     (j) Strive to be computer-based and adaptive; and

     (k) Engage students in their learning.

     (3) The legislature further finds that a second component of the assessment system should be a state-administered summative achievement assessment that can be used as a check on the educational system in order to guide state expectations for the instruction of children and satisfy legislative demands for accountability. The key design elements or characteristics of the state administered achievement assessment must:

     (a) Be aligned to state standards in areas that are being assessed;

     (b) Maintain and increase academic rigor;

     (c) Measure student learning growth over years; and

     (d) Strengthen curriculum.

     (4) The legislature further finds that a third component of the assessment system should include classroom-based assessments, which may be formative, summative, or both. Depending on their use, classroom-based assessments should have the same design elements and characteristics described in this section for formative and summative assessments.

     (5) The legislature further finds that to sustain a strong and viable assessment system, preservice and ongoing training should be provided for teachers and administrators on the effective use of different types of assessments.

     (6) The legislature further finds that as the statewide data system is developed, data should be collected for all state-required statewide assessments to be used for accountability and to monitor overall student achievement.

     (7) The superintendent of public instruction, in consultation with the state board of education, shall begin design and development of an overall assessment system that meets the principles and characteristics described in this section. In designing formative and summative assessments, the superintendent shall solicit bids for the use of computerized adaptive testing methodologies.

     (8) Beginning December 1, 2009, and annually thereafter, the superintendent and state board shall jointly report to the legislature regarding the assessment system, including a cost analysis of any changes and costs to expand availability and use of instructionally supportive formative assessments.

[2009 c 310 § 1.]




28A.300.042
Student data-related reports — Disaggregation of data by subgroups.

(1) All student data-related reports required of the superintendent of public instruction in this title must be disaggregated by at least the following subgroups of students: White, Black, Hispanic, American Indian/Alaskan Native, Asian, Pacific Islander/Hawaiian Native, low income, transitional bilingual, migrant, special education, and students covered by section 504 of the federal rehabilitation act of 1973, as amended (29 U.S.C. Sec. 794).

     (2) All student data-related reports required of the superintendent of public instruction regarding student suspensions and expulsions as required in RCW
28A.300.046 are subject to disaggregation by subgroups including:

     (a) Gender;

     (b) Foster care;

     (c) Homeless, if known;

     (d) School district;

     (e) School;

     (f) Grade level;

     (g) Behavior infraction code, including:

     (i) Bullying;

     (ii) Tobacco;

     (iii) Alcohol;

     (iv) Illicit drug;

     (v) Fighting without major injury;

     (vi) Violence without major injury;

     (vii) Violence with major injury;

     (viii) Possession of a weapon; and

     (ix) Other behavior resulting from a short-term or long-term suspension, expulsion, or interim alternative education setting intervention;

     (h) Intervention applied, including:

     (i) Short-term suspension;

     (ii) Long-term suspension;

     (iii) Emergency expulsion;

     (iv) Expulsion;

     (v) Interim alternative education settings;

     (vi) No intervention applied; and

     (vii) Other intervention applied that is not described in this subsection (2)(h);

     (i) Number of days a student is suspended or expelled, to be

     counted in half or full days; and

     (j) Any other categories added at a future date by the data governance group.

     (3) All student data-related reports required of the superintendent of public instruction regarding student suspensions and expulsions as required in RCW 28A.300.046 are subject to cross-tabulation at a minimum by the following:    

     (a) School and district;

     (b) Race, low income, special education, transitional bilingual, migrant, foster care, homeless, students covered by section 504 of the federal rehabilitation act of 1973, as amended (29 U.S.C. Sec. 794), and categories to be added in the future;

     (c) Behavior infraction code; and

     (d) Intervention applied.

[2013 2nd sp.s. c 18 § 307; 2009 c 468 § 4.]

Notes:

     Application -- Enforcement of laws protecting health and safety -- 2013 2nd sp.s. c 18: See note following RCW 28A.600.022.

     Findings -- Intent -- 2009 c 468: See note following RCW 28A.300.136.




28A.300.045
Pupil tests and records — Rules.

The superintendent of public instruction shall adopt rules relating to pupil tests and records.

[2006 c 263 § 704.]

Notes:

     Findings -- Purpose -- Part headings not law -- 2006 c 263: See notes following RCW 28A.150.230.




28A.300.046
"Student absence from school" — Rules — Collection of attendance and discipline data.

(1)(a) The superintendent of public instruction shall adopt rules establishing a standard definition of student absence from school. In adopting the definition, the superintendent shall review current practices in Washington school districts, definitions used in other states, and any national standards or definitions used by the national center for education statistics or other national groups. The superintendent shall also consult with the building bridges work group established under RCW 28A.175.075.

     (b) Using the definition of student absence adopted under this section, the superintendent shall establish an indicator for measuring student attendance in high schools for purposes of the PASS program under RCW 28A.175.130.

     (2)(a) The K-12 data governance group under RCW 28A.300.507 shall establish the parameters and an implementation schedule for statewide collection through the comprehensive education and data research system of: (i) Student attendance data using the definitions of student absence adopted under this section; and (ii) student discipline data with a focus on suspensions and expulsions from school.

     (b) Student suspension and expulsion data collected for the purposes of this subsection (2) must be:

     (i) Made publicly available and easily accessible on the superintendent of public instruction's web site; and

     (ii) Disaggregated and cross-tabulated as established under RCW 28A.300.042.

     (c) School districts must collect and submit student attendance data and student discipline data for high school students through the comprehensive education and data research system for purposes of the PASS program under RCW 28A.175.130 beginning in the 2012-13 school year.

[2013 2nd sp.s. c 18 § 306; 2011 c 288 § 10.]

Notes:

     Application -- Enforcement of laws protecting health and safety -- 2013 2nd sp.s. c 18: See note following RCW 28A.600.022.




28A.300.050
Assistance to professional educator standards board for activities involving professional educator excellence.

The superintendent of public instruction shall provide technical assistance to the professional educator standards board in the conduct of the activities described in RCW 28A.410.040 and 28A.410.050.

[2006 c 263 § 819; 1990 c 33 § 252; 1987 c 525 § 227. Formerly RCW 28A.03.375.]

Notes:

     Findings -- Purpose -- Part headings not law -- 2006 c 263: See notes following RCW 28A.150.230.

     Intent -- Short title -- 1987 c 525 §§ 202-233: See notes following RCW 28A.410.040.

     Severability -- 1987 c 525: "If any provision of this act or its application to any person or circumstance is held invalid, the remainder of the act or the application of the provision to other persons or circumstances is not affected." [1987 c 525 § 305.]




28A.300.060
Studies and adoption of classifications for school district budgets — Publication.

The superintendent of public instruction and the state auditor jointly, and in cooperation with the senate and house committees on education, shall conduct appropriate studies and adopt classifications or revised classifications under RCW 28A.505.100, defining what expenditures shall be charged to each budget class including administration. The studies and classifications shall be published in the form of a manual or revised manual, suitable for use by the governing bodies of school districts, by the superintendent of public instruction, and by the legislature.

[1991 c 116 § 3; 1990 c 33 § 253; 1975-'76 2nd ex.s. c 118 § 23; 1975 1st ex.s. c 5 § 1. Formerly RCW 28A.03.350.]

Notes:

     Severability -- 1975-'76 2nd ex.s. c 118: See note following RCW 28A.505.010.




28A.300.065
Classification and numbering system of school districts.

(1) The superintendent of public instruction is responsible for the classification and numbering system of school districts.

     (2) Any school district in the state that has a student enrollment in its public schools of two thousand pupils or more, as shown by evidence acceptable to the educational service district superintendent and the superintendent of public instruction, is a school district of the first class. Any other school district is a school district of the second class.

     (3) Whenever the educational service district superintendent finds that the classification of a school district should be changed, and upon the approval of the superintendent of public instruction, the educational service district superintendent shall make an order in conformity with his or her findings and alter the records of his or her office accordingly. Thereafter, the board of directors of the district shall organize in the manner provided by law for the organization of the board of a district of the class to which the district then belongs.

     (4) Notwithstanding any other provision of chapter 43, Laws of 1975, the educational service district superintendent, with the concurrence of the superintendent of public instruction, may delay approval of a change in classification of any school district for a period not exceeding three years when, in fact, the student enrollment of the district within any such time period does not exceed ten percent, either in a decrease or increase thereof.

[1999 c 315 § 202.]

Notes:

     Part headings and captions not law -- 1999 c 315: See RCW 28A.315.901.




28A.300.070
Receipt of federal funds for school purposes — Superintendent of public instruction to administer.

The state of Washington and/or any school district is hereby authorized to receive federal funds made or hereafter made available by acts of congress for the assistance of school districts in providing physical facilities and/or maintenance and operation of schools, or for any other educational purpose, according to provisions of such acts, and the state superintendent of public instruction shall represent the state in the receipt and administration of such funds.

[1969 ex.s. c 223 § 28A.02.100. Prior: 1943 c 220 § 4; Rem. Supp. 1943 § 5109-4. Formerly RCW 28A.02.100, 28.02.100.]




28A.300.080
Vocational agriculture education — Intent.

The legislature recognizes that agriculture is the most basic and singularly important industry in the state, that agriculture is of central importance to the welfare and economic stability of the state, and that the maintenance of this vital industry requires a continued source of trained and qualified individuals who qualify for employment in agriculture and agribusiness. The legislature declares that it is within the best interests of the people and state of Washington that a comprehensive vocational education program in agriculture be maintained in the state's secondary school system.

[1983 1st ex.s. c 34 § 1. Formerly RCW 28A.03.415.]




28A.300.090
Vocational agriculture education — Service area established — Duties.

(1) A vocational agriculture education service area within the office of the superintendent of public instruction shall be established. Adequate staffing of individuals trained or experienced in the field of vocational agriculture shall be provided for the vocational agriculture education service area for coordination of the state program and to provide assistance to local school districts for the coordination of the activities of student agricultural organizations and associations.

     (2) The vocational agriculture education service area shall:

     (a) Assess needs in vocational agriculture education, assist local school districts in establishing vocational agriculture programs, review local school district applications for approval of vocational agriculture programs, evaluate existing programs, plan research and studies for the improvement of curriculum materials for specialty areas of vocational agriculture. Standards and criteria developed under this subsection shall satisfy the mandates of federally-assisted vocational education;

     (b) Develop in-service programs for teachers and administrators of vocational agriculture, review application for vocational agriculture teacher certification, and assist in teacher recruitment and placement in vocational agriculture programs;

     (c) Serve as a liaison with the Future Farmers of America, representatives of business, industry, and appropriate public agencies, and institutions of higher education in order to disseminate information, promote improvement of vocational agriculture programs, and assist in the development of adult and continuing education programs in vocational agriculture; and

     (d) Establish an advisory task force committee of agriculturists, who represent the diverse areas of the agricultural industry in Washington, which shall make annual recommendations including, but not limited to, the development of curriculum, staffing, strategies for the purpose of establishing a source of trained and qualified individuals in agriculture, and strategies for articulating the state program in vocational agriculture education, including youth leadership throughout the state school system.

[1983 1st ex.s. c 34 § 2. Formerly RCW 28A.03.417.]




28A.300.100
Vocational agriculture education — Superintendent to adopt rules.

The superintendent of public instruction, pursuant to chapter 34.05 RCW, shall adopt such rules as are necessary to carry out the provisions of RCW 28A.300.090.

[1990 c 33 § 254; 1983 1st ex.s. c 34 § 3. Formerly RCW 28A.03.419.]




28A.300.105
Office of Native education — Duties — Report.

(1) To the extent funds are available, an Indian education division, to be known as the office of Native education, is created within the office of the superintendent of public instruction. The superintendent shall appoint an individual to be responsible for the office of Native education.

     (2) To the extent state funds are available, with additional support of federal and local funds where authorized by law, the office of Native education shall:

     (a) Provide assistance to school districts in meeting the educational needs of American Indian and Alaska Native students;

     (b) Facilitate the development and implementation of curricula and instructional materials in native languages, culture and history, and the concept of tribal sovereignty pursuant to RCW
28A.320.170;

     (c) Provide assistance to districts in the acquisition of funding to develop curricula and instructional materials in conjunction with native language practitioners and tribal elders;

     (d) Coordinate technical assistance for public schools that serve American Indian and Alaska Native students;

     (e) Seek funds to develop, in conjunction with the Washington state native American education advisory committee, and implement the following support services for the purposes of both increasing the number of American Indian and Alaska Native teachers and principals and providing continued professional development for educational assistants, teachers, and principals serving American Indian and Alaska Native students:

     (i) Recruitment and retention;

     (ii) Academic transition programs;

     (iii) Academic financial support;

     (iv) Teacher preparation;

     (v) Teacher induction; and

     (vi) Professional development;

     (f) Facilitate the inclusion of native language programs in school districts' curricula;

     (g) Work with all relevant agencies and committees to highlight the need for accurate, useful data that is appropriately disaggregated to provide a more accurate picture regarding American Indian and Alaska Native students; and

     (h) Report to the governor, the legislature, and the governor's office of Indian affairs on an annual basis, beginning in December 2012, regarding the state of Indian education and the implementation of all state laws regarding Indian education, specifically noting system successes and accomplishments, deficiencies, and needs.

[2011 c 270 § 2.]

Notes:

     Findings -- 2011 c 270: "The legislature finds:

     (1) Leadership, technical assistance, and advocacy is important to promoting the academic success of all students, particularly including American Indian and Alaska Native students;

     (2) American Indian and Alaska Native students make up two and one-half percent of the total student population in the state and twenty-five percent or more of the student population in fifty-seven schools across the state;

     (3) The annual dropout rate for American Indian and Alaska Native students has hovered around ten or eleven percent over the past three school years and, while the on-time graduation rate for these students has improved between the 2006-07 and 2008-09 school years, it is still only fifty-two and seven-tenths percent; and

     (4) Despite the passage of House Bill No. 1495 in 2005, with its goal of educating citizens of the state about tribal history, culture, treaty rights, contemporary tribal and state government institutions and relations, and the contribution of American Indians and Alaska Natives to the state, that goal has yet to be achieved in many schools." [2011 c 270 § 1.]




28A.300.106
Native education public-private partnership account.

The Native education public-private partnership account is created in the custody of the state treasurer. The purpose of the account is to support the activities of the office of Native education within the office of the superintendent of public instruction under RCW 28A.300.105. Receipts from any appropriations made by the legislature for the purposes of RCW 28A.300.105, federal funds, gifts or grants from the private sector or foundations, and other sources must be deposited into the account. Only the superintendent of public instruction or the superintendent's designee may authorize expenditures from the account. The account is subject to allotment procedures under chapter 43.88 RCW, but an appropriation is not required for expenditures.

[2011 c 270 § 3.]

Notes:

     Findings -- 2011 c 270: See note following RCW 28A.300.105.




28A.300.115
Holocaust instruction — Preparation and availability of instructional materials.

(1) Every public high school is encouraged to include in its curriculum instruction on the events of the period in modern world history known as the Holocaust, during which six million Jews and millions of non-Jews were exterminated. The instruction may also include other examples from both ancient and modern history where subcultures or large human populations have been eradicated by the acts of humankind. The studying of this material is a reaffirmation of the commitment of free peoples never again to permit such occurrences.

     (2) The superintendent of public instruction may prepare and make available to all school districts instructional materials for use as guidelines for instruction under this section.

[1992 c 24 § 1.]




28A.300.118
College credit program information — Notification to schools and parents.

(1) Beginning with the 2000-01 school year, the superintendent of public instruction shall notify senior high schools and any other public school that includes ninth grade of the names and contact information of public and private entities offering programs leading to college credit, including information about online advanced placement classes, if the superintendent has knowledge of such entities and if the cost of reporting these entities is minimal.

     (2) Beginning with the 2000-01 school year, each senior high school and any other public school that includes ninth grade shall publish annually and deliver to each parent with children enrolled in ninth through twelfth grades, information concerning the entrance requirements and the availability of programs in the local area that lead to college credit, including classes such as advanced placement, running start, tech-prep, skill centers, college in the high school, and international baccalaureate programs. The information may be included with other information the school regularly mails to parents. In addition, each senior high school and any other public school that includes ninth grade shall enclose information of the names and contact information of other public or private entities offering such programs, including online advanced placement programs, to its ninth through twelfth grade students if the school has knowledge of such entities.

[2000 c 126 § 1.]

Notes:

     Reviser's note: 2000 c 126 directed that this section be added to chapter 28A.320 RCW. This section has been codified in chapter 28A.300 RCW, which relates more directly to duties of the superintendent of public instruction.




28A.300.119
Online learning programs for college credit — Information.

(1) The office of the superintendent of public instruction shall compile information about online learning programs for high school students to earn college credit and place the information on its web site. Examples of information to be compiled and placed on the web site include links to purveyors of online learning programs, comparisons among various types of programs regarding costs or awarding of credit, advantages and disadvantages of online learning programs, and other general assistance and guidance for students, teachers, and counselors in selecting and considering online learning programs. The office shall use the expertise of the digital learning commons and WashingtonOnline to provide assistance and suggest resources.

     (2) High schools shall ensure that teachers and counselors have information about online learning programs for high school students to earn college credit and are able to assist parents and students in accessing the information. High schools shall ensure that parents and students have opportunities to learn about online learning programs under this section.

     (3) For the purposes of this section, online learning programs for high school students to earn college credit include such programs as the running start program under RCW
28A.600.300 through 28A.600.400, advanced placement courses authorized by the college board, the digital learning commons, University of Washington extension, WashingtonOnline, and other programs and providers that meet qualifications under current laws and rules to offer courses that high schools may accept for credit toward graduation requirements or that offer courses generally accepted for credit by public institutions of higher education in Washington.

[2008 c 95 § 2.]

Notes:

     Finding -- 2008 c 95: "The legislature finds that student interest and participation in online learning continues to grow. At the same time, the legislature, business community, and public are encouraging additional programs for high school students to earn college credits. Fortunately for students attending schools in rural areas, the two trends can be combined to provide learning opportunities that are both rigorous and accessible, and in some cases available free to the student. In 2006-07, more than four thousand five hundred students were able to take an online college course through the running start program, which the community and technical college system makes accessible statewide through its WashingtonOnline consortium. A more concerted effort is needed to make schools and students aware of these opportunities." [2008 c 95 § 1.]




28A.300.120
Administrative hearing — Contract to conduct authorized — Final decision.

Whenever a statute or rule provides for a formal administrative hearing before the superintendent of public instruction under chapter 34.05 RCW, the superintendent of public instruction may contract with the office of administrative hearings to conduct the hearing under chapter 34.12 RCW and may delegate to a designee of the superintendent of public instruction the authority to render the final decision.

[1985 c 225 § 1. Formerly RCW 28A.03.500.]




28A.300.130
Center for the improvement of student learning — Educational improvement and research — Clearinghouse for information regarding educational improvement and parental involvement programs — Web site development and maintenance — Reports to the legislature.

(1) To facilitate access to information and materials on educational improvement and research, the superintendent of public instruction, to the extent funds are appropriated, shall establish the center for the improvement of student learning. The center shall work in conjunction with parents, educational service districts, institutions of higher education, and education, parent, community, and business organizations.

     (2) The center, to the extent funds are appropriated for this purpose, and in conjunction with other staff in the office of the superintendent of public instruction, shall:

     (a) Serve as a clearinghouse for information regarding successful educational improvement and parental involvement programs in schools and districts, and information about efforts within institutions of higher education in the state to support educational improvement initiatives in Washington schools and districts;

     (b) Provide best practices research that can be used to help schools develop and implement: Programs and practices to improve instruction; systems to analyze student assessment data, with an emphasis on systems that will combine the use of state and local data to monitor the academic progress of each and every student in the school district; comprehensive, school-wide improvement plans; school-based shared decision-making models; programs to promote lifelong learning and community involvement in education; school-to-work transition programs; programs to meet the needs of highly capable students; programs and practices to meet the needs of students with disabilities; programs and practices to meet the diverse needs of students based on gender, racial, ethnic, economic, and special needs status; research, information, and technology systems; and other programs and practices that will assist educators in helping students learn the essential academic learning requirements;

     (c) Develop and maintain an internet web site to increase the availability of information, research, and other materials;

     (d) Work with appropriate organizations to inform teachers, district and school administrators, and school directors about the waivers available and the broadened school board powers under RCW
28A.320.015;

     (e) Provide training and consultation services, including conducting regional summer institutes;

     (f) Identify strategies for improving the success rates of ethnic and racial student groups and students with disabilities, with disproportionate academic achievement;

     (g) Work with parents, teachers, and school districts in establishing a model absentee notification procedure that will properly notify parents when their student has not attended a class or has missed a school day. The office of the superintendent of public instruction shall consider various types of communication with parents including, but not limited to, electronic mail, phone, and postal mail; and

     (h) Perform other functions consistent with the purpose of the center as prescribed in subsection (1) of this section.

     (3) The superintendent of public instruction shall select and employ a director for the center.

     (4) The superintendent may enter into contracts with individuals or organizations including but not limited to: School districts; educational service districts; educational organizations; teachers; higher education faculty; institutions of higher education; state agencies; business or community-based organizations; and other individuals and organizations to accomplish the duties and responsibilities of the center. In carrying out the duties and responsibilities of the center, the superintendent, whenever possible, shall use practitioners to assist agency staff as well as assist educators and others in schools and districts.

     (5) The office of the superintendent of public instruction shall report to the legislature by September 1, 2007, and thereafter biennially, regarding the effectiveness of the center for the improvement of student learning, how the services provided by the center for the improvement of student learning have been used and by whom, and recommendations to improve the accessibility and application of knowledge and information that leads to improved student learning and greater family and community involvement in the public education system.

[2009 c 578 § 6; 2008 c 165 § 1; 2006 c 116 § 2; 1999 c 388 § 401; 1996 c 273 § 5; 1993 c 336 § 501; 1986 c 180 § 1. Formerly RCW 28A.03.510.]

Notes:

     Findings -- Intent -- 2006 c 116: "The legislature finds that expanding activity in educational research, educational restructuring, and educational improvement initiatives has produced and continues to produce much valuable information. The legislature finds that such information should be shared with the citizens and educational community of the state as widely as possible. The legislature further finds that students and schools benefit from increased parental, guardian, and community involvement in education and increased knowledge of and input regarding the delivery of public education. The legislature further finds that increased community involvement with, knowledge of, and input regarding the public education system is particularly needed in low-income and ethnic minority communities.

     The legislature finds that the center for the improvement of student learning, created by the legislature in 1993 under the auspices of the superintendent of public instruction, has not been allocated funding since the 2001-2003 biennium, and in effect no longer exists. It is the intent of the legislature to reactivate the center for the improvement of student learning, and to create an educational ombudsman [ombuds] to increase parent, guardian, and community involvement in public education and to serve as a resource for parents and students and as an advocate for students in the public education system." [2006 c 116 § 1.]

     Part headings and captions not law -- Severability -- 1999 c 388: See RCW 28A.655.901 and 28A.655.902.

     Effective date -- 1996 c 273: See note following RCW 28A.300.290.

     Findings -- Intent -- Part headings not law -- 1993 c 336: See notes following RCW 28A.150.210.

     Findings -- 1993 c 336: See note following RCW 28A.150.210.

Definitions: RCW 28A.655.010.




28A.300.131
Parental involvement — Measures to evaluate level — Models and practices — Recognition.

There is a sizeable body of research positively supporting the involvement of parents taking an engaged and active role in their child's education. Therefore, the legislature intends to provide state recognition by the center for the improvement of student learning within the office of the superintendent of public instruction for schools that increase the level of direct parental involvement with their child's education. By September 1, 2010, the center for the improvement of student learning shall determine measures that can be used to evaluate the level of parental involvement in a school. The center for the improvement of student learning shall collaborate with school district family and community outreach programs and educational service districts to identify and highlight successful models and practices of parent involvement.

[2010 c 235 § 704.]

Notes:

     Finding -- 2010 c 235: See note following RCW 28A.405.245.




28A.300.135
Center for the improvement of student learning account.

(1) The center for the improvement of student learning account is hereby established in the custody of the state treasurer. The superintendent of public instruction shall deposit in the account all moneys received from gifts, grants, or endowments for the center for the improvement of student learning. Moneys in the account may be spent only for activities of the center. Disbursements from the account shall be on authorization of the superintendent of public instruction or the superintendent's designee. The account is subject to the allotment procedure provided under chapter 43.88 RCW, but no appropriation is required for disbursements.

     (2) The superintendent of public instruction may receive such gifts, grants, and endowments from public or private sources as may be made from time to time, in trust or otherwise, for the use and benefit of the purposes of the center for the improvement of student learning and expend the same or any income therefrom according to the terms of the gifts, grants, or endowments.

[1993 c 336 § 502.]

Notes:

     Findings -- Intent -- Part headings not law -- 1993 c 336: See notes following RCW 28A.150.210.

     Findings -- 1993 c 336: See note following RCW 28A.150.210.




28A.300.136
Educational opportunity gap oversight and accountability committee — Policy and strategy recommendations.

(1) An educational opportunity gap oversight and accountability committee is created to synthesize the findings and recommendations from the 2008 achievement gap studies into an implementation plan, and to recommend policies and strategies to the superintendent of public instruction, the professional educator standards board, and the state board of education to close the achievement gap.

     (2) The committee shall recommend specific policies and strategies in at least the following areas:

     (a) Supporting and facilitating parent and community involvement and outreach;

     (b) Enhancing the cultural competency of current and future educators and the cultural relevance of curriculum and instruction;

     (c) Expanding pathways and strategies to prepare and recruit diverse teachers and administrators;

     (d) Recommending current programs and resources that should be redirected to narrow the gap;

     (e) Identifying data elements and systems needed to monitor progress in closing the gap;

     (f) Making closing the achievement gap part of the school and school district improvement process; and

     (g) Exploring innovative school models that have shown success in closing the achievement gap.

     (3) Taking a multidisciplinary approach, the committee may seek input and advice from other state and local agencies and organizations with expertise in health, social services, gang and violence prevention, substance abuse prevention, and other issues that disproportionately affect student achievement and student success.

     (4) The educational opportunity gap oversight and accountability committee shall be composed of the following members:

     (a) The chairs and ranking minority members of the house and senate education committees, or their designees;

     (b) One additional member of the house of representatives appointed by the speaker of the house and one additional member of the senate appointed by the president of the senate;

     (c) A representative of the office of the education ombuds;

     (d) A representative of the center for the improvement of student learning in the office of the superintendent of public instruction;

     (e) A representative of federally recognized Indian tribes whose traditional lands and territories lie within the borders of Washington state, designated by the federally recognized tribes; and

     (f) Four members appointed by the governor in consultation with the state ethnic commissions, who represent the following populations: African-Americans, Hispanic Americans, Asian Americans, and Pacific Islander Americans.

     (5) The governor and the tribes are encouraged to designate members who have experience working in and with schools.

     (6) The committee may convene ad hoc working groups to obtain additional input and participation from community members. Members of ad hoc working groups shall serve without compensation and shall not be reimbursed for travel or other expenses.

     (7) The chair or cochairs of the committee shall be selected by the members of the committee. Staff support for the committee shall be provided by the center for the improvement of student learning. Members of the committee shall serve without compensation but must be reimbursed as provided in RCW
43.03.050 and 43.03.060. Legislative members of the committee shall be reimbursed for travel expenses in accordance with RCW 44.04.120.

     (8) The superintendent of public instruction, the state board of education, the professional educator standards board, and the quality education council shall work collaboratively with the educational opportunity gap oversight and accountability committee to close the achievement gap.

[2013 c 23 § 49; 2011 1st sp.s. c 21 § 33; 2010 c 235 § 901; 2009 c 468 § 2.]

Notes:

     Effective date -- 2011 1st sp.s. c 21: See note following RCW 72.23.025.

     Finding -- 2010 c 235: See note following RCW 28A.405.245.

     Findings -- Intent -- 2009 c 468: "(1) The legislature finds compelling evidence from five commissioned studies that additional progress must be made to address the achievement gap. Many students are in demographic groups that are overrepresented in measures such as school disciplinary sanctions; failure to meet state academic standards; failure to graduate; enrollment in special education and underperforming schools; enrollment in advanced placement courses, honors programs, and college preparatory classes; and enrollment in and completion of college. The studies contain specific recommendations that are data-driven and drawn from education research, as well as the personal, professional, and cultural experience of those who contributed to the studies. The legislature finds there is no better opportunity to make a strong commitment to closing the achievement gap and to affirm the state's constitutional obligation to provide opportunities to learn for all students without distinction or preference on account of race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, or gender.

     (2) The legislature further finds that access to comprehensive and consistent data that is disaggregated in the smallest units allowable by law is important in closing the achievement gap. Policymakers and educators need as much information as possible not only about students' academic progress, but also about other factors across multiple disciplines that affect student performance.

     (3) A consistent and powerful theme throughout the achievement gap studies was the need for cultural competency in instruction, curriculum, assessment, and professional development. Cultural competency forms a foundation for efforts to address the achievement gap, and more work is needed to embed it into the public school system.

     (4) Therefore, following the priority recommendations from the achievement gap studies, the legislature intends to:

     (a) Provide resources to support parent and community involvement and outreach efforts by public schools, including such items as additional notices and communication to parents, translations, translators, parent and community meetings, and school events within the community. The legislature encourages school districts to consult with the office of the education ombudsman [ombuds] in developing plans for parent and community involvement and outreach;

     (b) Require that teachers demonstrate cultural competency in the classroom and with students at each level of state teacher certification, and provide additional opportunities for professional development in cultural competency for current teachers;

     (c) Create local alternative routes to teacher certification for paraeducators and individuals in the communities surrounding schools and school districts that are struggling to address the achievement gap;

     (d) Reexamine the study recommendations regarding data and accountability and identify ways for the education data system to address these needs; and

     (e) Sustain efforts to close the achievement gap over the long term by creating a high profile achievement gap oversight and accountability committee that will provide ongoing advice to education agencies and report annually to the legislature and the governor." [2009 c 468 § 1.]




28A.300.1361
Closing the achievement gap — Enhancing data collection and data system capacity — Securing federal funds.

The superintendent of public instruction shall take all actions necessary to secure federal funds to support enhancing data collection and data system capacity in order to monitor progress in closing the achievement gap and to support other innovations and model programs that align education reform and address disproportionality in the public school system.

[2009 c 468 § 7.]

Notes:

     Findings -- Intent -- 2009 c 468: See note following RCW 28A.300.136.




28A.300.137
Strategies to address the achievement gap — Improvement of education performance measures — Annual report.

Beginning in January 2010, the *achievement gap oversight and accountability committee shall report annually to the superintendent of public instruction, the state board of education, the professional educator standards board, the governor, and the education committees of the legislature on the strategies to address the achievement gap and on the progress in improvement of education performance measures for African-American, Hispanic, American Indian/Alaskan Native, Asian, and Pacific Islander/Hawaiian Native students.

[2009 c 468 § 3; 2008 c 298 § 3.]

Notes:

     *Reviser's note: The "achievement gap oversight and accountability committee" was renamed the "educational opportunity gap oversight and accountability committee" by 2011 1st sp.s. c 21 § 33.

     Findings -- Intent -- 2009 c 468: See note following RCW 28A.300.136.

     Findings -- Intent -- 2008 c 298: "(1) The legislature finds that of all the challenges confronting the African-American community, perhaps none is more critical to the future than the education of African-American children. The data regarding inequities, disproportionality, and gaps in achievement is alarming no matter which indicators are used:

     (a) The gap in reading test scores between African-American and white students on the tenth grade Washington assessment of student learning is twenty percentage points, with only two-thirds of African-American students able to meet the upcoming graduation standard in reading on the first attempt compared to eighty-five percent of white students. African-American students are lagging behind other student groups in reading improvement.

     (b) African-American students continue to score lowest among student groups in high school mathematics, with only twenty-three percent able to meet state standard on the first attempt, a thirty-three percentage point lag behind white students who have a fifty-six percent met-standard rate.

     (c) One-fourth of African-American students who enter ninth grade will have dropped out of school by the time their peers graduate in twelfth grade. This measure does not account for the children who, facing significant educational challenges and barriers, have already grown disparaged before the end of middle or junior high school.

     (2) The legislature further finds that although there are multiple initiatives broadly intended to improve student achievement, including a small number of initiatives to address the achievement gap for disadvantaged students generally, there are only a select few efforts targeted to the challenges of African-American students or designed specifically to engage parents and leaders in the African-American community. The efficacy of general supplemental programs in helping African-American students is unknown. A thoughtful, comprehensive, and inclusive strategy for African-American students has not been created.

     (3) Therefore, the legislature intends to commission and then implement a clear, concise, and intentional plan of action, with specific strategies and performance benchmarks, to ensure that African-American students meet or exceed all academic standards and are prepared for a quality life and responsible citizenship in the twenty-first century." [2008 c 298 § 1.]




28A.300.145
Educational materials regarding sex offenses, sex offenders, and victims of sexual assault (as amended by 2013 c 10).

The Washington coalition of sexual assault programs, in consultation with the Washington association of sheriffs and police chiefs, the Washington association of prosecuting attorneys, the Washington state school directors' association, the association of Washington school principals, the center for children and youth justice, youthcare, the committee for children, the department of early learning, the department of social and health services, the office of crime victims advocacy, other relevant organizations, and the office of the superintendent of public instruction, shall ((develop)) by June 1, 2014, update existing educational materials ((to be)) made available throughout the state to inform parents and other interested community members about:

     (1) The laws related to sex offenses, including registration, community notification(([,])), and the classification of sex offenders based on an assessment of the risk of reoffending;

     (2) How to recognize behaviors characteristic of sex offenses and sex offenders;

     (3) How to prevent victimization, particularly that of young children;

     (4) How to take advantage of community resources for victims of sexual assault; ((and))

     (5) How to prevent children from being recruited into sex trafficking; and

     (6)
Other information as deemed appropriate.

[2013 c 10 § 3; 2006 c 135 § 2.]

Notes:

     Finding -- 2013 c 10: See note following RCW 28A.410.035.

28A.300.145
Educational materials regarding sex offenses, sex offenders, and victims of sexual assault (as amended by 2013 c 85).

(1) The Washington coalition of sexual assault programs, in consultation with the Washington association of sheriffs and police chiefs, the Washington association of prosecuting attorneys, and the office of the superintendent of public instruction, shall develop educational materials to be made available throughout the state to inform parents, students, school districts, and other interested community members about:

     (((1))) (a) The laws related to sex offenses, including the legal elements of sexual [sex] offenses under chapter
9A.44 RCW where a minor is a victim, the consequences upon conviction, and sex offender registration, community notification(([,])), and the classification of sex offenders based on an assessment of the risk of reoffending;

     (((2))) (b) How to recognize behaviors characteristic of sex offenses and sex offenders;

     (((3))) (c) How to prevent victimization, particularly that of young children;

     (((4))) (d) How to take advantage of community resources for victims of sexual assault; and

     (((5))) (e) Other information as deemed appropriate.

     (2) By September 1, 2014, and biennially thereafter, the Washington coalition of sexual assault programs, in consultation with the Washington association of sheriffs and police chiefs, the Washington association of prosecuting attorneys, and the office of the superintendent of public instruction, shall review and update the educational materials developed under subsection (1) of this section to assure that they remain current and accurate, and are age-appropriate for a variety of ages.

     (3) Every public school that offers sexual health education must assure that sexual health education complies with existing requirements in the January 2005 guidelines for sexual health information and disease prevention developed by the department of health and the superintendent of public instruction. Specifically, sexual health education must attempt to achieve the objective "take responsibility for and understand the consequences of their own behavior" and the objective "avoid exploitive or manipulative relationships." To do this, sexual health education programs should include age-appropriate information about the legal elements of sexual [sex] offenses under chapter 9A.44 RCW where a minor is a victim and the consequences upon conviction, as well as the other information required to be included in informational materials prepared pursuant to subsection (1) of this section. Public schools that offer sexual health education are encouraged to incorporate the materials developed under subsection (1) of this section into the curriculum.

[2013 c 85 § 1; 2006 c 135 § 2.]

Notes:

     Reviser's note: RCW 28A.300.145 was amended twice during the 2013 legislative session, each without reference to the other. For rule of construction concerning sections amended more than once during the same legislative session, see RCW 1.12.025.




28A.300.147
Students required to register as sex or kidnapping offenders — Sample policy.

The superintendent of public instruction shall publish on its web site, with a link to the safety center web page, a revised and updated sample policy for schools to follow regarding students required to register as sex or kidnapping offenders.

[2011 c 338 § 6.]




28A.300.150
Information on child abuse and neglect prevention curriculum — Rules.

The superintendent of public instruction shall collect and disseminate to school districts information on child abuse and neglect prevention curriculum and shall adopt rules dealing with the prevention of child abuse for purposes of curriculum use in the common schools. The superintendent of public instruction and the departments of social and health services and *community, trade, and economic development shall share relevant information.

[2006 c 263 § 705; 1994 c 245 § 8; 1987 c 489 § 2. Formerly RCW 28A.03.512.]

Notes:

     *Reviser's note: The "department of community, trade, and economic development" was renamed the "department of commerce" by 2009 c 565.

     Findings -- Purpose -- Part headings not law -- 2006 c 263: See notes following RCW 28A.150.230.

     Intent -- 1987 c 489: "It is the intent of the legislature to make child abuse and neglect primary prevention education and training available to children, including preschool age children, parents, school employees, and licensed day care providers." [1987 c 489 § 1.]




28A.300.160
Development of coordinated primary prevention program for child abuse and neglect — Office as lead agency.

(1) The office of the superintendent of public instruction shall be the lead agency and shall assist the department of social and health services, the *department of community, trade, and economic development, and school districts in establishing a coordinated primary prevention program for child abuse and neglect.

     (2) In developing the program, consideration shall be given to the following:

     (a) Parent, teacher, and children's workshops whose information and training is:

     (i) Provided in a clear, age-appropriate, nonthreatening manner, delineating the problem and the range of possible solutions;

     (ii) Culturally and linguistically appropriate to the population served;

     (iii) Appropriate to the geographic area served; and

     (iv) Designed to help counteract common stereotypes about child abuse victims and offenders;

     (b) Training for school age children's parents and school staff, which includes:

     (i) Physical and behavioral indicators of abuse;

     (ii) Crisis counseling techniques;

     (iii) Community resources;

     (iv) Rights and responsibilities regarding reporting;

     (v) School district procedures to facilitate reporting and apprise supervisors and administrators of reports; and

     (vi) Caring for a child's needs after a report is made;

     (c) Training for licensed day care providers and parents that includes:

     (i) Positive child guidance techniques;

     (ii) Physical and behavioral indicators of abuse;

     (iii) Recognizing and providing safe, quality day care;

     (iv) Community resources;

     (v) Rights and responsibilities regarding reporting; and

     (vi) Caring for the abused or neglected child;

     (d) Training for children that includes:

     (i) The right of every child to live free of abuse;

     (ii) How to disclose incidents of abuse and neglect;

     (iii) The availability of support resources and how to obtain help;

     (iv) Child safety training and age-appropriate self-defense techniques; and

     (v) A period for crisis counseling and reporting immediately following the completion of each children's workshop in a school setting which maximizes the child's privacy and sense of safety.

     (3) The primary prevention program established under this section shall be a voluntary program and shall not be part of the basic program of education.

     (4) Parents shall be given notice of the primary prevention program and may refuse to have their children participate in the program.

[1995 c 399 § 21; 1987 c 489 § 3. Formerly RCW 28A.03.514.]

Notes:

     *Reviser's note: The "department of community, trade, and economic development" was renamed the "department of commerce" by 2009 c 565.

     Intent -- 1987 c 489: See note following RCW 28A.300.150.




28A.300.164
Energy information program.

The office of the superintendent of public instruction shall develop an energy information program for use in local school districts. The program shall utilize existing curriculum which may include curriculum as developed by districts or the state relating to the requirement under RCW 28A.230.020 that schools provide instruction in science with special reference to the environment, and shall include but not be limited to the following elements:

     (1) The fundamental role energy plays in the national and regional economy;

     (2) Descriptions and explanations of the various sources of energy which are used both regionally and nationally;

     (3) Descriptions and explanations of the ways to use various energy sources more efficiently; and

     (4) Advantages and disadvantages to the various sources of present and future supplies of energy.

     Under this section the office of superintendent of public instruction shall emphasize providing teacher training, promoting the use of local energy experts in the classroom, and dissemination of energy education curriculum.

[1990 c 301 § 2.]

Notes:

     Findings -- 1990 c 301: "The legislature finds that the state is facing an impending energy supply crisis. The legislature further finds that keeping the importance of energy in the minds of state residents is essential as a means to help avert a future energy supply crisis and that citizens need to be aware of the importance and trade-offs associated with energy efficiency, the implications of wasteful uses of energy, and the need for long-term stable supplies of energy. One efficient and effective method of informing the state's citizens on energy issues is to begin in the school system, where information may guide energy use decisions for decades into the future." [1990 c 301 § 1.]




28A.300.165
National guard high school career training and national guard youth challenge program — Rules.

(1) In addition to any other powers and duties as provided by law, the superintendent of public instruction, in consultation with the military department, shall adopt rules governing and authorizing the acceptance of national guard high school career training and the national guard youth challenge program in lieu of either required high school credits or elective high school credits.

     (2) With the exception of students enrolled in the national guard youth challenge program, students enrolled in such national guard programs shall be considered enrolled in the common school last attended preceding enrollment in such national guard program.

     (3) The superintendent shall adopt rules to ensure that students who successfully complete the national guard youth challenge program are granted an appropriate number of high school credits, based on the students' levels of academic proficiency as measured by the program.

[2006 c 263 § 406; 2002 c 291 § 3; 1975 1st ex.s. c 262 § 1. Formerly RCW 28A.305.170, 28A.04.133.]

Notes:

     Findings -- Purpose -- Part headings not law -- 2006 c 263: See notes following RCW 28A.150.230.




28A.300.170
State general fund — Estimates for state support to public schools, from.

At such time as the governor shall determine under the provisions of chapter 43.88 RCW, the superintendent of public instruction shall submit such detailed estimates and other information to the governor and in such form as the governor shall determine of the total estimated amount required for appropriation from the state general fund for state support to public schools during the ensuing biennium.

[1980 c 6 § 2; 1969 ex.s. c 223 § 28A.41.040. Prior: 1945 c 141 § 11; Rem. Supp. 1945 § 4940-9. Formerly RCW 28A.41.040, 28.41.040.]

Notes:

     Severability -- 1980 c 6: See note following RCW 28A.515.320.




28A.300.172
Prototypical funding allocation model — Determination of educational system's capacity to accommodate increased resources — Identification of limitations — Reports.

(1) As part of the estimates and information submitted to the governor by the superintendent of public instruction under RCW 28A.300.170, the superintendent of public instruction shall biennially make determinations on the educational system's capacity to accommodate increased resources in relation to the elements in the prototypical funding allocation model. In areas where there are specific and significant capacity limitations to providing enhancements to a recommended element, the superintendent of public instruction shall identify those limitations and make recommendations on how to address the issue.

     (2) The legislature shall:

     (a) Review the recommendations of the superintendent of public instruction submitted under subsection (1) of this section; and

     (b) Use the information as it continues to review, evaluate, and revise the definition and funding of basic education in a manner that serves the educational needs of the citizens of Washington; continues to fulfill the state's obligation under Article IX of the state Constitution and ensures that no enhancements are imposed on the educational system that cannot be accommodated by the existing system capacity.

     (3) "System capacity" for purposes of this section includes, but is not limited to, the ability of schools and districts to provide the capital facilities necessary to support a particular instructional program, the staffing levels necessary to support an instructional program both in terms of actual numbers of staff as well as the experience level and types of staff available to fill positions, the higher education systems capacity to prepare the next generation of educators, and the availability of data and a data system capable of helping the state allocate its resources in a manner consistent with evidence-based practices that are shown to improve student learning.

     (4) The office of the superintendent of public instruction shall report to the legislature on a biennial basis beginning December 1, 2010.

[2009 c 548 § 113.]

Notes:

     Intent -- 2009 c 548: See RCW 28A.150.1981.

     Finding -- 2009 c 548: See note following RCW 28A.410.270.

     Intent -- Finding -- 2009 c 548: See note following RCW 28A.305.130.




28A.300.173
Prototypical funding model — District allocation of state resources — Public access on internet-based portal.

The office of the superintendent of public instruction shall implement and maintain an internet-based portal that provides ready public access to the state's prototypical school funding model for basic education under RCW 28A.150.260. The portal must provide citizens the opportunity to view, for each local school building, the staffing levels and other prototypical school funding elements that are assumed under the state funding formula. The portal must also provide a matrix displaying how individual school districts are deploying those same state resources through their allocation of staff and other resources to school buildings, so that citizens are able to compare the state assumptions to district allocation decisions for each local school building.

[2010 c 236 § 12.]




28A.300.175
Recovery of payments to recipients of state money — Basis — Resolution of audit findings — Rules.

The superintendent of public instruction shall withhold or recover state payments to school districts, educational service districts, and other recipients of state money based on findings of the Washington state auditor. When an audit questions enrollment, staffing, or other data reported to the state and used in state apportionment calculations, the superintendent of public instruction may require submission of revised data, or as an alternative may adjust data based on estimates, and shall revise apportionment calculations and payments accordingly. The superintendent of public instruction shall adopt rules setting forth policies and procedures for the resolution of monetary and nonmonetary audit findings involving state money.

[1997 c 167 § 1.]




28A.300.185
Family preservation education program.

The office of the superintendent of public instruction shall develop a family preservation education program model curriculum that is available to each of the school district boards of directors. The model curriculum shall be posted on the superintendent of public instruction's web site. The model curriculum shall include, but is not limited to, instruction on developing conflict management skills, communication skills, domestic violence and dating violence, financial responsibility, and parenting responsibility.

[2005 c 491 § 3.]

Notes:

     Finding -- 2005 c 491: "The legislature finds that effective relationship skills are used in parenting, the workplace, schools, neighborhoods, and other relationships. The state has a compelling interest in encouraging its citizens in developing the parenting and communication skills vital for successful and fulfilling family relationships." [2005 c 491 § 1.]




28A.300.190
Coordination of video telecommunications programming in schools.

The office of the superintendent of public instruction shall provide statewide coordination of video telecommunications programming for the common schools.

[1990 c 208 § 8.]




28A.300.220
Cooperation with workforce training and education coordinating board.

The superintendent shall cooperate with the workforce training and education coordinating board in the conduct of the board's responsibilities under RCW 28C.18.060 and shall provide information and data in a format that is accessible to the board.

[1991 c 238 § 78.]

Notes:

     Effective dates -- Severability -- 1991 c 238: See RCW 28B.50.917 and 28B.50.918.




28A.300.230
Findings — Integration of vocational and academic education.

The legislature finds that the needs of the workforce and the economy necessitate enhanced vocational education opportunities in secondary education including curriculum which integrates vocational and academic education. In order for the state's workforce to be competitive in the world market, employees need competencies in both vocational/technical skills and in core essential competencies such as English, math, science/technology, geography, history, and critical thinking. Curriculum which integrates vocational and academic education reflects that many students learn best through applied learning, and that students should be offered flexible education opportunities which prepare them for both the world of work and for higher education.

[1991 c 238 § 140.]

Notes:

     Effective dates -- Severability -- 1991 c 238: See RCW 28B.50.917 and 28B.50.918.




28A.300.235
Development of model curriculum integrating vocational and academic education.

The superintendent of public instruction shall with the advice of the workforce training and education coordinating board develop model curriculum integrating vocational and academic education at the secondary level. The curriculum shall integrate vocational education for gainful employment with education in the academic subjects of English, math, science/technology, geography, and history, and with education in critical thinking. Upon completion, the model curriculum shall be provided for consideration and use by school districts.

[1991 c 238 § 141.]

Notes:

     Effective dates -- Severability -- 1991 c 238: See RCW 28B.50.917 and 28B.50.918.




28A.300.240
International student exchange.

(1) The superintendent of public instruction shall annually make available to school districts and approved private schools, from data supplied by the secretary of state, the names of international student exchange visitor placement organizations registered under chapter 19.166 RCW to place students in public schools in the state and a summary of the information the organizations have filed with the secretary of state under chapter 19.166 RCW.

     (2) The superintendent shall provide general information and assistance to school districts regarding international student exchange visitors, including, to the extent feasible with available resources, information on the type of visa required for enrollment, how to promote positive educational experiences for visiting exchange students, and how to integrate exchange students into the school environment to benefit the education of both the exchange students and students in the state.

[1991 c 128 § 11.]

Notes:

     Severability -- Effective date -- 1991 c 128: See RCW 19.166.900 and 19.166.901.




28A.300.250
Participation in federal nutrition programs — Superintendent's duties.

The superintendent of public instruction shall aggressively solicit eligible schools, child and adult day care centers, and other organizations to participate in the nutrition programs authorized by the United States department of agriculture.

[1991 c 366 § 402.]

Notes:

     Finding -- 1991 c 366: "Hunger and malnutrition threaten the future of a whole generation of children in Washington. Children who are hungry or malnourished are unable to function optimally in the classroom and are thus at risk of lower achievement in school. The resultant diminished future capacity of and opportunities for these children will affect this state's economic and social future. Thus, the legislature finds that the state has an interest in helping families provide nutritious meals to children.

     The legislature also finds that the state has an interest in helping hungry and malnourished adults obtain necessary nourishment. Adequate nourishment is necessary for physical health, and physical health is the foundation of self-sufficiency. Adequate nourishment is especially critical in the case of pregnant and lactating women, both to ensure that all mothers and babies are as healthy as possible and to minimize the costs associated with the care of low-birthweight babies." [1991 c 366 § 1.]

     Finding -- 1991 c 366: "The legislature finds that the school breakfast and lunch programs, the summer feeding program, and the child and adult day care feeding programs authorized by the United States department of agriculture are effective in addressing unmet nutritional needs. However, some communities in the state do not participate in these programs. The result is hunger, malnutrition, and inadequate nutrition education for otherwise eligible persons living in nonparticipating communities." [1991 c 366 § 401.]

     Parts and headings not law -- 1991 c 366: "Parts and headings as used in this act constitute no part of the law." [1991 c 366 § 502.]

     Severability -- 1991 c 366: "If any provision of this act or its application to any person or circumstance is held invalid, the remainder of the act or the application of the provision to other persons or circumstances is not affected." [1991 c 366 § 503.]

     Effective date -- 1991 c 366: "This act is necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health, or safety, or support of the state government and its existing public institutions, and shall take effect July 1, 1991." [1991 c 366 § 504.]




28A.300.270
Violence prevention training.

The superintendent of public instruction shall, to the extent funding is available, contract with school districts, educational service districts, and approved in-service providers to conduct training sessions for school certificated and classified employees in conflict resolution and other violence prevention topics. The training shall be developmentally and culturally appropriate for the school populations being served and be research based. The training shall not be based solely on providing materials, but also shall include techniques on imparting these skills to students. The training sessions shall be developed in coordination with school districts, the superintendent of public instruction, parents, law enforcement agencies, human services providers, and other interested parties. The training shall be offered to school districts and school staff requesting the training, and shall be made available at locations throughout the state.

[1994 sp.s. c 7 § 602.]

Notes:

     Finding -- Intent -- Severability -- 1994 sp.s. c 7: See notes following RCW 43.70.540.




28A.300.275
Alternative school start-up grants — School safety grants — Report to legislative committees.

The sum of four million dollars, or as much thereof as may be necessary, is appropriated from the general fund to the superintendent of public instruction for the biennium ending June 30, 2001, for:

     (1) Alternative school start-up grants which are in addition to the grants funded in the two million dollars alternative school start-up appropriation contained in section 501(2)(l), chapter 309, Laws of 1999, and these grants shall be awarded in the same manner and for the same purposes;

     (2) School safety programs for prevention and intervention. School districts may apply for and administer these grants independently or jointly with other school districts or educational service districts. The funds may be expended for proven-effective programs to improve safety in schools, including: Security assessments of school facilities; violence prevention and reporting training for staff as appropriate to the particular duties and responsibilities of the specific staff, including administrators; nonviolence and leadership training for staff and students; and school safety plans. The educational service districts and school districts may contract for any services under this subsection.

     (3) The superintendent of public instruction shall report to the education committees of the house of representatives and senate on the number and types of programs administered through these grants by February 15, 2001, and February 15th of every two years thereafter.

[1999 sp.s. c 12 § 1.]

Notes:

     Effective date -- 1999 sp.s. c 12: "This act is necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health, or safety, or support of the state government and its existing public institutions, and takes effect July 1, 1999." [1999 sp.s. c 12 § 5.]




28A.300.280
Conflict resolution program.

The superintendent of public instruction and the office of the attorney general, in cooperation with the Washington state bar association, shall develop a volunteer-based conflict resolution and mediation program for use in community groups such as neighborhood organizations and the public schools. The program shall use lawyers to train students who in turn become trainers and mediators for their peers in conflict resolution.

[1994 sp.s. c 7 § 611.]

Notes:

     Finding -- Intent -- Severability -- 1994 sp.s. c 7: See notes following RCW 43.70.540.




28A.300.285
Harassment, intimidation, and bullying prevention policies and procedures — Model policy and procedure — Training materials — Posting on web site — Rules — Advisory committee.

(1) By August 1, 2011, each school district shall adopt or amend if necessary a policy and procedure that at a minimum incorporates the revised model policy and procedure provided under subsection (4) of this section that prohibits the harassment, intimidation, or bullying of any student. It is the responsibility of each school district to share this policy with parents or guardians, students, volunteers, and school employees in accordance with rules adopted by the superintendent of public instruction. Each school district shall designate one person in the district as the primary contact regarding the antiharassment, intimidation, or bullying policy. The primary contact shall receive copies of all formal and informal complaints, have responsibility for assuring the implementation of the policy and procedure, and serve as the primary contact on the policy and procedures between the school district, the office of the education ombuds, and the office of the superintendent of public instruction.

     (2) "Harassment, intimidation, or bullying" means any intentional electronic, written, verbal, or physical act, including but not limited to one shown to be motivated by any characteristic in RCW
9A.36.080(3), or other distinguishing characteristics, when the intentional electronic, written, verbal, or physical act:

     (a) Physically harms a student or damages the student's property; or

     (b) Has the effect of substantially interfering with a student's education; or

     (c) Is so severe, persistent, or pervasive that it creates an intimidating or threatening educational environment; or

     (d) Has the effect of substantially disrupting the orderly operation of the school.

     Nothing in this section requires the affected student to actually possess a characteristic that is a basis for the harassment, intimidation, or bullying.

     (3) The policy and procedure should be adopted or amended through a process that includes representation of parents or guardians, school employees, volunteers, students, administrators, and community representatives. It is recommended that each such policy emphasize positive character traits and values, including the importance of civil and respectful speech and conduct, and the responsibility of students to comply with the district's policy prohibiting harassment, intimidation, or bullying.

     (4)(a) By August 1, 2010, the superintendent of public instruction, in consultation with representatives of parents, school personnel, the office of the education ombuds, the Washington state school directors' association, and other interested parties, shall provide to the education committees of the legislature a revised and updated model harassment, intimidation, and bullying prevention policy and procedure. The superintendent of public instruction shall publish on its web site, with a link to the safety center web page, the revised and updated model harassment, intimidation, and bullying prevention policy and procedure, along with training and instructional materials on the components that shall be included in any district policy and procedure. The superintendent shall adopt rules regarding school districts' communication of the policy and procedure to parents, students, employees, and volunteers.

     (b) The office of the superintendent of public instruction has the authority to update with new technologies access to this information in the safety center, to the extent resources are made available.

     (c) Each school district shall by August 15, 2011, provide to the superintendent of public instruction a brief summary of its policies, procedures, programs, partnerships, vendors, and instructional and training materials to be posted on the school safety center web site, and shall also provide the superintendent with a link to the school district's web site for further information. The district's primary contact for bullying and harassment issues shall annually by August 15th verify posted information and links and notify the school safety center of any updates or changes.

     (5) The Washington state school directors' association, with the assistance of the office of the superintendent of public instruction, shall convene an advisory committee to develop a model policy prohibiting acts of harassment, intimidation, or bullying that are conducted via electronic means by a student while on school grounds and during the school day. The policy shall include a requirement that materials meant to educate parents and students about the seriousness of cyberbullying be disseminated to parents or made available on the school district's web site. The school directors' association and the advisory committee shall develop sample materials for school districts to disseminate, which shall also include information on responsible and safe internet use as well as what options are available if a student is being bullied via electronic means including, but not limited to, reporting threats to local police and when to involve school officials, the internet service provider, or phone service provider. The school directors' association shall submit the model policy and sample materials, along with a recommendation for local adoption, to the governor and the legislature and shall post the model policy and sample materials on its web site by January 1, 2008. Each school district board of directors shall establish its own policy by August 1, 2008.

     (6) As used in this section, "electronic" or "electronic means" means any communication where there is the transmission of information by wire, radio, optical cable, electromagnetic, or other similar means.

[2013 c 23 § 50; 2010 c 239 § 2; 2007 c 407 § 1; 2002 c 207 § 2.]

Notes:

     Finding -- Intent -- 2010 c 239: "The legislature finds that despite a recognized law prohibiting harassment, intimidation, and bullying of students in public schools and despite widespread adoption of antiharassment policies by school districts, harassment of students continues and has not declined since the law was enacted. Furthermore, students and parents continue to seek assistance against harassment, and schools need to disseminate more widely their antiharassment policies and procedures. The legislature intends to expand the tools, information, and strategies that can be used to combat harassment, intimidation, and bullying of students, and increase awareness of the need for respectful learning communities in all public schools." [2010 c 239 § 1.]

     Findings -- 2002 c 207: "The legislature declares that a safe and civil environment in school is necessary for students to learn and achieve high academic standards. The legislature finds that harassment, intimidation, or bullying, like other disruptive or violent behavior, is conduct that disrupts both a student's ability to learn and a school's ability to educate its students in a safe environment.

     Furthermore, the legislature finds that students learn by example. The legislature commends school administrators, faculty, staff, and volunteers for demonstrating appropriate behavior, treating others with civility and respect, and refusing to tolerate harassment, intimidation, or bullying." [2002 c 207 § 1.]




28A.300.2851
School bullying and harassment — Work group.

(1) The office of the superintendent of public instruction and the office of the education ombuds shall convene a work group on school bullying and harassment prevention to develop, recommend, and implement strategies to improve school climate and create respectful learning environments in all public schools in Washington. The superintendent of public instruction or a designee shall serve as the chair of the work group.

     (2) The work group shall:

     (a) Consider whether additional disaggregated data should be collected regarding incidents of bullying and harassment or disciplinary actions and make recommendations to the office of the superintendent of public instruction for collection of such data;

     (b) Examine possible procedures for anonymous reporting of incidents of bullying and harassment;

     (c) Identify curriculum and best practices for school districts to improve school climate, create respectful learning environments, and train staff and students in de-escalation and intervention techniques;

     (d) Identify curriculum and best practices for incorporating instruction about mental health, youth suicide prevention, and prevention of bullying and harassment;

     (e) Recommend best practices for informing parents about the harassment, intimidation, and bullying prevention policy and procedure under RCW
28A.300.285 and involving parents in improving school climate;

     (f) Recommend training for district personnel who are designated as the primary contact regarding the policy and procedure and for school resource officers and other school security personnel;

     (g) Recommend educator preparation and certification requirements in harassment, intimidation, and bullying prevention and de-escalation and intervention techniques for teachers, educational staff associates, and school administrators;

     (h) Examine and recommend policies for discipline of students and staff who harass, intimidate, or bully; and

     (i) In collaboration with the state board for community and technical colleges, examine and recommend policies to protect K-12 students attending community and technical colleges from harassment, intimidation, and bullying.

     (3) The work group must include representatives from the state board of education, the Washington state parent teacher association, the Washington state association of school psychologists, school directors, school administrators, principals, teachers, school counselors, classified school staff, youth, community organizations, and parents.

     (4) The work group shall submit a biennial progress and status report to the governor and the education committees of the legislature, beginning December 1, 2011, with additional reports by December 1, 2013, and December 1, 2015.

     (5) The work group is terminated effective January 1, 2016.

[2013 c 23 § 51; 2011 c 185 § 2.]

Notes:

     Finding -- 2011 c 185: "The legislature finds that having updated school district policies and procedures is a step in the right direction for preventing bullying, intimidation, and harassment, but more steps are needed. A work group could help to maintain focus and attention on antibullying and antiharassment, as well as monitor progress. In addition, students' knowledge and understanding of two key correlates of bullying and harassment, depression and youth suicide, could be enhanced through instruction and assessments that address mental health and suicide prevention." [2011 c 185 § 1.]




28A.300.288
Youth suicide prevention activities.

(1) The office of the superintendent of public instruction shall work with state agency and community partners to assist schools in implementing youth suicide prevention activities, which may include the following:

     (a) Training for school employees, parents, community members, and students in recognizing and responding to the signs of suicide;

     (b) Partnering with local coalitions of community members interested in preventing youth suicide; and

     (c) Responding to communities determined to be in crisis after a suicide or attempted suicide to prevent further instances of suicide.

     (2) The office of the superintendent of public instruction, working with state and community partners, shall prioritize funding appropriated for subsection (1) of this section to communities identified as the highest risk.

[2014 c 103 § 2; 2011 c 185 § 3.]

Notes:

     Finding -- 2014 c 103: "The legislature finds that according to the department of health, suicide is the second leading cause of death for Washington youth between the ages of ten and twenty-four. Suicide rates among Washington's youth remain higher than the national average. An increasing body of research shows an association between adverse childhood experiences such as trauma, violence, or abuse, and decreased student learning and achievement. Underserved youth populations in Washington who are not receiving access to state services continue to remain at risk for suicide." [2014 c 103 § 1.]

     Finding -- 2011 c 185: See note following RCW 28A.300.2851.




28A.300.290
Effective reading programs — Identification.

(1) The center for the improvement of student learning, or its designee, shall develop and implement a process for identifying programs that have been proven to be effective based upon valid research in teaching elementary students to read. Additional programs shall be reviewed after the initial identification of effective programs.

     (2) In identifying effective reading programs, the center for the improvement of student learning, or its designee, shall consult primary education teachers, statewide reading organizations, institutions of higher education, the *commission on student learning, parents, legislators, and other appropriate individuals and organizations.

     (3) In identifying effective reading programs, the following criteria shall be used:

     (a) Whether the program will help the student meet the state-level and classroom-based assessments for reading;

     (b) Whether the program has achieved documented results for students on valid and reliable assessments;

     (c) Whether the results of the program have been replicated at different locations over a period of time;

     (d) Whether the requirements and specifications for implementing the program are clear so that potential users can clearly determine the requirements of the program and how to implement it;

     (e) Whether, when considering the cost of implementing the program, the program is cost-effective relative to other similar types of programs;

     (f) Whether the program addresses differing student populations; and

     (g) Other appropriate criteria and considerations.

     (4) The initial identification of effective reading programs shall be completed and a list of the identified programs prepared by December 31, 1996.

[1996 c 273 § 1.]

Notes:

     *Reviser's note: The commission on student learning expired June 30, 1999, and its powers, duties, and functions were transferred to the academic achievement and accountability commission effective July 1, 1999, pursuant to 1999 c 388 § 502. The enabling statute, RCW 28A.630.885, was recodified as RCW 28A.655.060 pursuant to 1999 c 388 § 607 and subsequently repealed by 2004 c 19 § 206.

     Effective date -- 1996 c 273: "This act is necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health, or safety, or support of the state government and its existing public institutions, and shall take effect immediately [March 29, 1996]." [1996 c 273 § 6.]




28A.300.295
Identified programs — Grants for in-service training and instructional materials.

The superintendent of public instruction shall establish a grant program to provide incentives for teachers, schools, and school districts to use the identified programs on the approved list in grades kindergarten through four. Schools, school districts, and educational service districts may apply for grants. Funds for the grants shall be used for in-service training and instructional materials. Grants shall be awarded and funds distributed not later than June 30, 1997, for programs in the 1996-97 and 1997-98 school years. Priority shall be given to grant applications involving schools and school districts with the lowest mean percentile scores on the statewide third grade test required under *RCW 28A.230.190 among grant applicants.

[1999 c 78 § 2; 1996 c 273 § 2.]

Notes:

     *Reviser's note: RCW 28A.230.190 was repealed by 2005 c 217 § 3.

     Effective date -- 1996 c 273: See note following RCW 28A.300.290.




28A.300.300
Effective reading programs — Information — Development and implementation of strategies.

(1) After effective programs have been identified in accordance with RCW 28A.300.290, the center for the improvement of student learning, or its designee, shall provide information and take other appropriate steps to inform elementary school teachers, principals, curriculum directors, superintendents, school board members, college and university reading instruction faculty, and others of its findings.

     (2) The center, in cooperation with statewide organizations interested in improving literacy, also shall develop and implement strategies to improve reading instruction in the state, with a special emphasis on the instruction of reading in the primary grades using the effective reading programs that have been identified in accordance with RCW 28A.300.290. The strategies may include, but should not be limited to, expanding and improving reading instruction of elementary school teachers in teacher preparation programs, expanded in-service training in reading instruction, the training of paraprofessionals and volunteers in reading instruction, improving classroom-based assessment of reading, and increasing statewide and regional technical assistance in reading instruction.

[1998 c 245 § 11; 1996 c 273 § 4.]

Notes:

     Effective date -- 1996 c 273: See note following RCW 28A.300.290.




28A.300.310
Second grade reading assessment — Selection of reading passages — Costs.

(1) The superintendent of public instruction shall identify a collection of reading passages and assessment procedures that can be used to measure second grade oral reading accuracy and fluency skills. The purpose of the second grade reading assessment is to provide information to parents, teachers, and school administrators on the level of acquisition of oral reading accuracy and fluency skills of each student at the beginning of second grade. The assessment procedures and each of the reading passages in the collection must:

     (a) Provide a reliable and valid measure of a student's oral reading accuracy and fluency skills;

     (b) Be able to be individually administered;

     (c) Have been approved by a panel of nationally recognized professionals in the area of beginning reading, whose work has been published in peer-reviewed education research journals, and professionals in the area of measurement and assessment; and

     (d) Assess student skills in recognition of letter sounds, phonemic awareness, word recognition, and reading connected text. Text used for the test of fluency must be ordered in relation to difficulty.

     (2) The superintendent of public instruction shall select reading passages for use by schools and school districts participating in pilot projects under RCW
28A.300.320 during the 1997-98 school year. The final collection must be selected by June 30, 1998. The superintendent of public instruction may add reading passages to the initial list if the passages are comparable in format to the initial passages approved by the expert panel in subsection (1) of this section.

     (3) The superintendent of public instruction shall develop a per-pupil cost for the assessments in the collection that details the costs for administering the assessments, booklets, scoring, and training required to reliably administer the test. To the extent funds are appropriated, the superintendent of public instruction shall pay for the cost of administering and scoring the assessments, booklets or other assessment material, and training required to administer the test.

[1999 c 373 § 101; 1997 c 262 § 2.]

Notes:

     Part headings not law -- 1999 c 373: "Part headings used in this act are not any part of the law." [1999 c 373 § 601.]

     Findings -- 1997 c 262: "The legislature acknowledges the definition of reading as "Reading is the process of constructing meaning from written text. It is the complex skill requiring the coordination of a number of interrelated sources of information." Marilyn Adams, Becoming a Nation of Readers 7. The legislature also acknowledges the role that reading accuracy and fluency plays in the comprehension of text. The legislature finds that one way to determine if a child's inability to read is problematic is to compare the child's reading fluency and accuracy skills with that of other children. To accomplish this objective, the legislature finds that assessments that test students' reading fluency and accuracy skills must be scientifically valid and reliable. The legislature further finds that early identification of students with potential reading difficulties can provide valuable information to parents, teachers, and school administrators. The legislature finds that assessment of second grade students' reading fluency and accuracy skills can assist teachers in planning and implementing a reading curriculum that addresses students' deficiencies in reading." [1997 c 262 § 1.]




28A.300.320
Second grade reading assessment — Pilot projects — Assessment selection — Assessment results.

(1) The superintendent of public instruction shall create a pilot project to identify which second grade reading assessments selected under RCW 28A.300.310 will be included in the final collection of assessments that must be available by June 30, 1998.

     (2) Schools and school districts may voluntarily participate in the second grade reading test pilot projects in the 1997-98 school year. Schools and school districts voluntarily participating in the pilot project test are not required to have the results available by the fall parent-teacher conference.

     (3)(a) Starting in the 1998-99 school year, school districts must select an assessment from the collection adopted by the superintendent of public instruction. Selection must be at the entire school district level.

     (b) The second grade reading assessment selected by the school district must be administered annually in the fall beginning with the 1998-99 school year. Students who score substantially below grade level when assessed in the fall shall be assessed at least one more time during the second grade. Assessment performance deemed to be "substantially below grade level" is to be determined for each passage in the collection by the superintendent of public instruction.

     (c) If a student, while taking the assessment, reaches a point at which the student's performance will be considered "substantially below grade level" regardless of the student's performance on the remainder of the assessment, the assessment may be discontinued.

     (d) Each school must have the assessment results available by the fall parent-teacher conference. Schools must notify parents about the second grade reading assessment during the conferences, inform the parents of their students' performance on the assessment, identify actions the school intends to take to improve the child's reading skills, and provide parents with strategies to help the parents improve their child's score.

[1999 c 373 § 102; 1998 c 319 § 201; 1997 c 262 § 3.]

Notes:

     Part headings not law -- 1999 c 373: See note following RCW 28A.300.310.

     Part headings not law -- 1998 c 319: "Part headings used in this act are not any part of the law." [1998 c 319 § 401.]

     Intent -- 1997 c 262: See note following RCW 28A.300.310.




28A.300.330
Primary grade reading grant program.

(1) The superintendent of public instruction shall establish a primary grade reading grant program. The purpose of the grant program is to enhance teachers' skills in using teaching methods that have proven results gathered through quantitative research and to assist students in beginning reading.

     (2) Schools and school districts may apply for primary grade reading grants. To qualify for a grant, the grant proposal shall provide that the grantee must:

     (a) Document that the instructional model the grantee intends to implement, including teaching methods and instructional materials, is based on results validated by quantitative methods;

     (b) Agree to work with the independent contractor identified under subsection (3) of this section to determine the effectiveness of the instructional model selected and the effectiveness of the staff development provided to implement the selected model; and

     (c) Provide evidence of a significant number of students who are not achieving at grade level.

     To the extent funds are appropriated, the superintendent of public instruction shall make initial grants available by September 1, 1997, for schools and school districts voluntarily participating in pilot projects under RCW
28A.300.320. Subject to available funding, additional applications may be submitted to the superintendent of public instruction by September 1, 1998, and by September 1st in subsequent years. Grants will be awarded for two years.

     (3) The superintendent of public instruction shall contract with an independent contractor who has experience in program evaluation and quantitative methods to evaluate the impact of the grant activities on students' reading skills and the effectiveness of the staff development provided to teachers to implement the instructional model selected by the grantee. Five percent of the funds awarded for grants shall be set aside for the purpose of the grant evaluation conducted by the independent contractor.

     (4) The superintendent of public instruction shall submit biennially to the legislature and the governor a report on the primary grade reading grant program. The first report must be submitted not later than December 1, 1999, and each succeeding report must be submitted not later than December 1st of each odd-numbered year. Reports must include information on how the schools and school districts used the grant money, the instructional models used, how they were implemented, and the findings of the independent contractor.

     (5) The superintendent of public instruction shall disseminate information to the school districts five years after the beginning of the grant program regarding the results of the effectiveness of the instructional models and implementation strategies.

     (6) Funding under this section shall not become part of the state's basic program of education obligation as set forth under Article IX of the state Constitution.

[1997 c 262 § 4.]

Notes:

     Intent -- 1997 c 262: See note following RCW 28A.300.310.




28A.300.340
Primary grade reading grant program — Timelines — Rules.

(1) The superintendent of public instruction may use up to one percent of the appropriated funds for administration of the primary grade reading grant program established in chapter 262, Laws of 1997.

     (2) The superintendent of public instruction shall adopt timelines and rules as necessary under chapter
34.05 RCW to administer the primary reading grant program in RCW 28A.300.310.

     (3) Funding under this section shall not become a part of the state's basic program of education obligation as set forth under Article IX of the state Constitution.

[1997 c 262 § 7.]

Notes:

     Intent -- 1997 c 262: See note following RCW 28A.300.310.




28A.300.360
Grants for programs and services — Truant, at-risk, and expelled students.

The superintendent of public instruction shall provide, to the extent funds are appropriated, start-up grants for alternative programs and services that provide instruction and learning for truant, at-risk, and expelled students. Each grant application shall contain proposed performance indicators and an evaluation plan to measure the success of the program and its impact on improved student learning. Applications shall contain the applicant's plan for maintaining the program and services after the grant period.

[1999 c 319 § 7.]




28A.300.370
World War II oral history project.

(1) The World War II oral history project is established for the purpose of providing oral history presentations, documentation, and other materials to assist the office of the superintendent of public instruction and educators in the development of a curriculum for use in kindergarten through twelfth grade.

     (2) To the extent funds are appropriated or donated, the project shall be administered by the office of the superintendent of public instruction. The office shall convene an advisory committee to assist in the design and implementation of the project. The committee shall be composed of members of the World War II memorial educational foundation, the department of veterans affairs, the secretary of state's office, and legislators involved with and interested in the development of the oral history project. The committee may select its own chair and may expand its membership to include the services of other individuals, agencies, or organizations on the basis of need. The office shall provide staffing and administrative support to the advisory committee.

     (3) The project will preserve for the education of Washington's school children the memories and history of our state's citizens who served their state and country as members of the armed forces or through national or community contributions during World War II. The project is intended to preserve these memories and history through audiotapes, videotapes, films, stories, printed transcripts, digitally, and through other appropriate methods.

     (4) Any funding provided to the program through the omnibus appropriations act for the 2005-2007 biennium shall be used to record the memories of women who meet the requirements of subsection (3) of this section.

     (5) As part of the project, the office of the superintendent of public instruction shall identify the requirements regarding instructional guides to help educators use the preserved material in age and grade appropriate ways.

     (6) In its administration of the project, the office may carry out its responsibilities through contracts with filming and taping specialists, mini-grants to schools, contracts with the World War II memorial educational foundation, and through other means recommended by the foundation.

     (7) By December 1, 2000, and every second year thereafter in which the project has received funding, the office shall report on the results of the project to the governor and the house of representatives and senate committees on education. The December 2000 report shall include, but need not be limited to, identification of the project's implementation strategies and resource requirements, and any curriculum standards developed through the project.

[2005 c 75 § 2; 2000 c 112 § 2.]

Notes:

     Findings -- 2005 c 75: "The legislature finds that the women of the greatest generation made essential contributions, in many different ways, to our nation's success in World War II. During the war, more than four hundred fifty thousand women served their country in the armed forces of the United States. Another group of women provided nursing and support services to the troops. These women were joined by more than two million women back home who, like Rosie the Riveter, worked in industries that supported service men and women abroad. Other women held the nation together by raising families, educating children, and taking care of the ill and elderly. These women held our families, businesses, and communities together, living with rationed goods and services so that the service men and women fighting in the war would have the materials they needed to be successful. The legislature finds that women in all these roles made sacrifices necessary for the success of our nation's defense and contributions essential to the well-being of the people back home. The legislature further finds that to have a clearer reflection of women's sacrifices on behalf of freedom and democracy, it is necessary to include in the World War II oral history project the memories of women who contributed to the war effort through either military service or other important contributions to our nation, state, or communities." [2005 c 75 § 1.]

     Effective date -- 2005 c 75: "This act takes effect August 1, 2005." [2005 c 75 § 3.]

     Findings--Intent -- 2000 c 112: "The legislature finds that more than two hundred fifty thousand of Washington's citizens served their country in the armed forces of the United States during World War II. The legislature also finds that almost six thousand of those citizens sacrificed their lives to secure our nation's and the world's peace and freedom. The legislature finds that the hardships and sacrifices endured by the families and communities of these service men and women were critical to the eventual success of our nation's defense. The legislature also finds the memories of these stalwart patriots must be preserved to remind future generations of the price the members of the greatest generation paid to preserve our democratic way of life. The legislature further finds that to have a clearer reflection of these sacrifices on behalf of freedom and democracy, it is necessary to include the memories of all women and men of our armed forces, their family members, and others involved in the war effort so that these memories mirror our nation's rich ethnic diversity. In addition, the legislature recognizes the existence and contributions of the World War II memorial educational foundation. Members of the foundation include World War II veterans, and advisors from the office of veterans affairs, the superintendent of public instruction, and the secretary of state. The legislature intends to honor the veterans who served in World War II and their supportive families by preserving their memories so Washington's school children will never forget the significant human costs of war and the efforts of their ancestors to preserve and protect our country and the world from tyranny. The legislature further intends that members of the World War II memorial educational foundation have a strong advisory role in the preservation of those memories and the creation of instructional materials on the war." [2000 c 112 § 1.]




28A.300.380
Career and technical student organizations — Support services.

(1) To the extent funds are available, the superintendent of public instruction shall maintain support for statewide coordination for career and technical student organizations by providing program staff support that is available to assist in meeting the needs of career and technical student organizations and their members and students. The superintendent may provide additional support to the organizations through contracting with independent coordinators.

     (2) Career and technical student organizations eligible for technical assistance and other support services under this section are organizations recognized as career and technical student organizations by:

     (a) The United States department of education; or

     (b) The superintendent of public instruction, if such recognition is recommended by the Washington association for career and technical education.

     (3) Career and technical student organizations eligible for technical assistance and other support services under this section include, but are not limited to: The national FFA organization; family, career, and community leaders of America; skillsUSA; distributive education clubs of America; future business leaders of America; and the technology student association.

[2011 1st sp.s. c 27 § 4; 2010 1st sp.s. c 37 § 913; 2000 c 84 § 2.]

Notes:

     Effective date -- 2011 1st sp.s. c 27 §§ 4 and 5: "Sections 4 and 5 of this act are necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health, or safety, or support of the state government and its existing public institutions, and take effect immediately [June 7, 2011]." [2011 1st sp.s. c 27 § 9.]

     Effective date -- 2010 1st sp.s. c 37: See note following RCW 13.06.050.

     Findings -- 2000 c 84: "(1) The legislature finds that career and technical student organizations:

     (a) Prepare students for career experiences beyond high school;

     (b) Help students develop personal, leadership, technical, and occupational skills;

     (c) Are an integral component of vocational technical instruction programs; and

     (d) Directly help students achieve state learning goals, especially goals three and four with respect to critical thinking, problem solving, and decision-making skills.

     (2) The legislature finds that career and technical student organizations are best situated to fulfill their important purpose if they are in existence pursuant to statute and receive ongoing assistance and support from the office of superintendent of public instruction." [2000 c 84 § 1.]




28A.300.390
Kip Tokuda memorial Washington civil liberties public education program — Findings.

The legislature finds that:

     (1) In order to adequately prepare our youth for their meaningful participation in our democratic institutions and processes, there must be strong educational resources aimed at teaching students and the public about the fragile nature of our constitutional rights.

     (2) The federal commission on wartime relocation and internment of civilians was established by congress in 1980 to review the facts and circumstances surrounding executive order 9066, issued on February 19, 1942, and the impact of the executive order on American citizens and permanent residents, and to recommend appropriate remedies.

     The commission of [on] wartime relocation and internment of civilians issued a report of its findings in 1983 with the reports "Personal Justice Denied" and "Personal Justice Denied-Part II, Recommendations." The reports were based on information gathered through twenty days of hearings in cities across the country, particularly the west coast. Testimony was heard from more than seven hundred fifty witnesses, including evacuees, former government officials, public figures, interested citizens, historians, and other professionals who have studied the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II.

     (3) The lessons to be learned from the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II are embodied in "Personal Justice Denied-Part II, Recommendations" which found that executive order 9066 was not justified by military necessity, and the decisions that followed from it were not founded upon military considerations. These decisions included the exclusion and detention of American citizens and resident aliens of Japanese descent. The broad historical causes that shaped these decisions were race prejudice, war hysteria, and a failure of political leadership. Widespread ignorance about Americans of Japanese descent contributed to a policy conceived in haste and executed in an atmosphere of fear and anger at Japan. A grave personal injustice was done to the American citizens and resident aliens of Japanese ancestry who, without individual review or any probative evidence against them were excluded, removed, and detained by the United States during World War II.

     (4) A grave injustice was done to both citizens and permanent residents of Japanese ancestry by the evacuation, relocation, and internment of civilians during World War II. These actions were carried out without adequate security reasons and without any documented acts of espionage or sabotage, and were motivated largely by racial prejudice, wartime hysteria, and a failure of political leadership. The excluded individuals of Japanese ancestry suffered enormous damages, both material and intangible, and there were incalculable losses in education and job training, all of which resulted in significant human suffering for which appropriate compensation has not been made. For these fundamental violations of the basic civil liberties and constitutional rights of these individuals of Japanese ancestry, the United States congress apologized on behalf of the nation in the federal civil liberties act of 1988.

[2000 c 210 § 1.]




28A.300.395
Kip Tokuda memorial Washington civil liberties public education program — Intent.

The legislature intends to develop a grant program to fund public educational activities and development of educational materials to ensure that the events surrounding the exclusion, forced removal, and internment of civilians and permanent resident aliens of Japanese ancestry will be remembered, and so that the causes and circumstances of this and similar events may be illuminated and understood.

[2000 c 210 § 2.]




28A.300.400
Kip Tokuda memorial Washington civil liberties public education program — Definition.

As used in RCW 28A.300.390 through 28A.300.415, "program" means the *Washington civil liberties public education program, unless the context clearly requires otherwise.

[2000 c 210 § 3.]

Notes:

     *Reviser's note: The "Washington civil liberties public education program" was renamed the "Kip Tokuda memorial Washington civil liberties public education program" pursuant to 2014 c 46 § 1.




28A.300.405
Kip Tokuda memorial Washington civil liberties public education program — Created — Purpose.

Consistent with the legislative findings in RCW 28A.300.390, the legislature shall establish the Kip Tokuda memorial Washington civil liberties public education program. The program provides grants for the purpose of establishing a legacy of remembrance as part of a continuing process of recovery from the World War II exclusion and detention of individuals of Japanese ancestry. The program is created to do one or both of the following:

     (1) Educate the public regarding the history and the lessons of the World War II exclusion, removal, and detention of persons of Japanese ancestry through the development, coordination, and distribution of new educational materials and the development of curriculum materials to complement and augment resources currently available on this subject matter; and

     (2) Develop videos, plays, presentations, speaker bureaus, and exhibitions for presentation to elementary schools, secondary schools, community colleges, and to other interested parties.

[2014 c 46 § 1; 2000 c 210 § 4.]




28A.300.410
Kip Tokuda memorial Washington civil liberties public education program — Grants — Acceptance of gifts, grants, or endowments.

(1) The superintendent of public instruction shall allocate grants under the program established in RCW 28A.300.390 through 28A.300.415 from private donations or within amounts appropriated for this specific purpose. The grants shall be awarded on a competitive basis.

     (2) The superintendent of public instruction may contract with independent review panelists and establish an advisory panel to evaluate and make recommendations to the superintendent of public instruction based on grant applications.

     (3) The superintendent of public instruction shall select grant recipients from applicants who meet all of the following criteria:

     (a) The capability to administer and complete the proposed project within specified deadlines and within the specified budget;

     (b) The experience, knowledge, and qualifications necessary to conduct quality educational activities regarding the exclusion and detention of Japanese-Americans during World War II;

     (c) Projects that relate the Japanese-American exclusion and detention experience with civil rights included in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution so that this event may be illuminated and understood in order to prevent similar violations of civil rights in the future;

     (d) Projects that are designed to maximize the long-term educational impact of this chapter;

     (e) Projects that build upon, contribute to, and expand upon the existing body of educational and research materials on the exclusion and detention of Japanese-Americans during World War II; and

     (f) Projects that include the variety of experiences regarding the exclusion and detention of Japanese-Americans and its impact before, during, and after World War II including those Japanese-Americans who served in the military and those who were interned in department of justice camps.

     (4) Applicants for grants under the program are encouraged to do each of the following:

     (a) Involve former detainees, those excluded from the military area, and their descendants in the development and implementation of projects;

     (b) Develop a strategy and plan for raising the level of awareness and understanding among the American public regarding the exclusion and detention of Japanese-Americans during World War II so that the causes and circumstances of this and similar events may be illuminated and understood;

     (c) Develop a strategy and plan for reaching the broad, multicultural population through project activities;

     (d) Develop local and regional consortia of organizations and individuals engaged in similar educational, research, and development efforts;

     (e) Coordinate and collaborate with organizations and individuals engaging in similar educational, research, and development endeavors to maximize the effect of grants;

     (f) Utilize creative and innovative methods and approaches in the research, development, and implementation of their projects;

     (g) Seek matching funds, in-kind contributions, or other sources of support to supplement their proposal;

     (h) Use a variety of media, including new technology, and the arts to creatively and strategically appeal to a broad audience while enhancing and enriching community-based educational efforts;

     (i) Include in the grant application, scholarly inquiry related to the variety of experiences and impact of the exclusion and detention of persons of Japanese ancestry during World War II; and

     (j) Add relevant materials to or catalogue relevant materials in libraries and other repositories for the creation, publication, and distribution of bibliographies, curriculum guides, oral histories, and other resource directories and supporting the continued development of scholarly work on this subject by making a broad range of archival, library, and research materials more accessible to the American public.

     (5) The superintendent of public instruction may adopt other criteria as it deems appropriate for its review of grant proposals. In reviewing projects for funding, scoring shall be based on an evaluation of all application materials including narratives, attachments, support letters, supplementary materials, and other materials that may be requested of applicants.

     (6)(a) In the review process, the superintendent of public instruction shall assign the following order of priority to the criteria set forth in subsection (3) of this section:

     (i) Subsection (3)(a) through (d) of this section, inclusive, shall be given highest priority; and

     (ii) Subsection (3)(e) through [and] (f) of this section, inclusive, shall be given second priority.

     (b) The superintendent of public instruction shall consider the overall breadth and variety of the field of applicants to determine the projects that would best fulfill its program and mission. Final grant awards may be for the full amount of the grant requests or for a portion of the grant request.

     (7) The superintendent of public instruction shall determine the types of applicants eligible to apply for grants under this program.

     (8) The office may accept gifts, grants, or endowments from public or private sources for the program and may spend any gifts, grants, or endowments or income from public or private sources according to their terms.

[2000 c 210 § 5.]




28A.300.415
Kip Tokuda memorial Washington civil liberties public education program — Short title.

RCW 28A.300.390 through 28A.300.415 shall be known as the Washington civil liberties public education act.

[2000 c 210 § 7.]




28A.300.420
Student court programs.

The office of the superintendent of public instruction shall encourage school districts to implement, expand, or use student court programs for students who commit violations of school rules and policies. Program operations of student courts may be funded by government and private grants. Student court programs are limited to those that:

     (1) Are developed using the guidelines for creating and operating student court programs developed by nationally recognized student court projects;

     (2) Target violations of school rules by students enrolled in public or private school; and

     (3) Emphasize the following principles:

     (a) Youth must be held accountable for their problem behavior;

     (b) Youth must be educated about the impact their actions have on themselves and others including the school, school personnel, their classmates, their families, and their community;

     (c) Youth must develop skills to resolve problems with their peers more effectively; and

     (d) Youth should be provided a meaningful forum to practice and enhance newly developed skills.

[2002 c 237 § 17.]




28A.300.430
Collaboration with children's system of care demonstration sites.

It is the expectation of the legislature that local school districts shall collaborate with each children's system of care demonstration site established under RCW 74.55.010.

[2002 c 309 § 6.]




28A.300.440
Natural science, wildlife, and environmental education grant program.

(1) The natural science, wildlife, and environmental education grant program is hereby created, subject to the availability of funds. The program is created to promote proven and innovative natural science, wildlife, and environmental education programs that are fully aligned with the state's essential academic learning requirements, and includes but is not limited to instruction about renewable resources, responsible use of resources, and conservation.

     (2) The superintendent of public instruction shall establish and publish funding criteria for environmental, natural science, wildlife, forestry, and agricultural education grants. The office of the superintendent of public instruction shall involve a cross-section of stakeholder groups to develop socially, economically, and environmentally balanced funding criteria. These criteria shall be based on compliance with the essential academic learning requirements and use methods that encourage critical thinking. The criteria must also include environmental, natural science, wildlife, forestry, and agricultural education programs with one or more of the following features:

     (a) Interdisciplinary approaches to environmental, natural science, wildlife, forestry, and agricultural issues;

     (b) Programs that target underserved, disadvantaged, and multicultural populations;

     (c) Programs that reach out to schools across the state that would otherwise not have access to specialized environmental, natural science, wildlife, forestry, and agricultural education programs;

     (d) Proven programs offered by innovative community partnerships designed to improve student learning and strengthen local communities.

     (3) Eligible uses of grants include, but are not limited to:

     (a) Continuing in-service and preservice training for educators with materials specifically developed to enable educators to teach essential academic learning requirements in a compelling and effective manner;

     (b) Proven, innovative programs that align the basic subject areas of the common school curriculum in chapter
28A.230 RCW with the essential academic learning requirements; the basic subject areas should be integrated by using environmental education, natural science, wildlife, forestry, agricultural, and natural environment curricula to meet the needs of various learning styles; and

     (c) Support and equipment needed for the implementation of the programs in this section.

     (4) Grants may only be disbursed to nonprofit organizations exempt from income tax under section 501(c) of the federal internal revenue code that can provide matching funds or in-kind services.

     (5) Grants may not be used for any partisan or political activities.

[2012 c 198 § 5; 2003 c 22 § 3.]

Notes:

     Effective date -- 2012 c 198: See note following RCW 70.94.6532.

     Intent -- 2003 c 22: "(1) Effective, natural science, wildlife, and environmental education programs provide the foundation for the development of literate children and adults, setting the stage for lifelong learning. Furthermore, integrating the basic subject areas of the common school curriculum in chapter 28A.230 RCW through natural science, wildlife, and environmental education offers many opportunities for achieving excellence in our schools. Well-designed programs, aligned with the state's essential academic learning requirements, contribute to the state's educational reform goals.

     (2) Washington is fortunate to have institutions and programs that currently provide quality natural science, wildlife, and environmental education and teacher training that is already aligned with the state's essential academic learning requirements.

     (3) The legislature intends to further the development of natural science, wildlife, and environmental education by establishing a competitive grant program, funded through state moneys to the extent those moneys are appropriated, or made available through other sources, for proven natural science, wildlife, and environmental education programs that are fully aligned with the state's essential academic learning requirements." [2003 c 22 § 1.]




28A.300.450
Financial education public-private partnership — Established.

(1) A financial education public-private partnership is established, composed of the following members:

     (a) Four members of the legislature, with one member from each caucus of the house of representatives appointed for a two-year term of service by the speaker of the house of representatives, and one member from each caucus of the senate appointed for a two-year term of service by the president of the senate;

     (b) Four representatives from the private for-profit and nonprofit financial services sector, including at least one representative from the jumpstart coalition, to be appointed for a staggered two-year term of service by the governor;

     (c) Four teachers to be appointed for a staggered two-year term of service by the superintendent of public instruction, with one each representing the elementary, middle, secondary, and postsecondary education sectors;

     (d) A representative from the department of financial institutions to be appointed for a two-year term of service by the director;

     (e) Two representatives from the office of the superintendent of public instruction, with one involved in curriculum development and one involved in teacher professional development, to be appointed for a staggered two-year term of service by the superintendent.

     (2) The chair of the partnership shall be selected by the members of the partnership from among the legislative members.

     (3) One-half of the members appointed under subsection (1)(b), (c), and (e) of this section shall be appointed for a one-year term beginning August 1, 2011, and a two-year term thereafter.

     (4) To the extent funds are appropriated or are available for this purpose, the partnership may hire a staff person who shall reside in the office of the superintendent of public instruction for administrative purposes. Additional technical and logistical support may be provided by the office of the superintendent of public instruction, the department of financial institutions, the organizations composing the partnership, and other participants in the financial education public-private partnership.

     (5) The members of the partnership shall be appointed by August 1, 2011.

     (6) Legislative members of the partnership shall receive per diem and travel under RCW
44.04.120.

     (7) Travel and other expenses of members of the partnership shall be provided by the agency, association, or organization that member represents.

     (8) This section shall be implemented to the extent funds are available.

[2011 c 262 § 1; 2009 c 443 § 1; 2004 c 247 § 2.]

Notes:

     Findings -- Intent -- 2004 c 247: "The legislature recognizes that the average high school student lacks a basic knowledge of personal finance. In addition, the legislature recognizes the damaging effects of not properly preparing youth for the financial challenges of modern life, including bankruptcy, poor retirement planning, unmanageable debt, and a lower standard of living for Washington families.

     The legislature finds that the purpose of the state's system of public education is to help students acquire the skills and knowledge they will need to be productive and responsible 21st century citizens.      The legislature further finds that responsible citizenship includes an ability to make wise financial decisions. The legislature further finds that financial literacy could easily be included in lessons, courses, and projects that demonstrate each student's understanding of the state's four learning goals, including goal four: Understanding the importance of work and how performance, effort, and decisions directly affect future opportunities.

     The legislature intends to assist school districts in their efforts to ensure that students are financially literate through identifying critical financial literacy skills and knowledge, providing information on instructional materials, and creating a public-private partnership to help provide instructional tools and professional development to school districts that wish to increase the financial literacy of their students." [2004 c 247 § 1.]




28A.300.460
Financial education public-private partnership responsibilities — Annual report.

(1) The task of the financial education public-private partnership is to seek out and determine the best methods of equipping students with the knowledge and skills they need, before they become self-supporting, in order for them to make critical decisions regarding their personal finances. The components of personal financial education shall include the achievement of skills and knowledge necessary to make informed judgments and effective decisions regarding earning, spending, and the management of money and credit.

     (2) In carrying out its task, and to the extent funds are available, the partnership shall:

     (a) Communicate to school districts the financial education standards adopted under RCW
28A.300.462, other important financial education skills and content knowledge, and strategies for expanding the provision and increasing the quality of financial education instruction;

     (b) Review on an ongoing basis financial education curriculum that is available to school districts, including instructional materials and programs and school-wide programs that include the important financial skills and content knowledge;

     (c) Develop evaluation standards and a procedure for endorsing financial education curriculum that the partnership determines should be recommended for use in school districts;

     (d) Identify assessments and outcome measures that schools and communities may use to determine whether students have met the financial education standards adopted under RCW 28A.300.462;

     (e) Monitor and provide guidance for professional development for educators regarding financial education, including ways that teachers at different grade levels may integrate financial skills and content knowledge into mathematics, social studies, and other course content areas;

     (f) Work with the office of the superintendent of public instruction and the professional educator standards board to create professional development that could lead to a certificate endorsement or other certification of competency in financial education;

     (g) Develop academic guidelines and standards-based protocols for use by classroom volunteers who participate in delivering financial education to students in the public schools; and

     (h) Provide an annual report beginning December 1, 2009, as provided in RCW 28A.300.464, to the governor, the superintendent of public instruction, and the committees of the legislature with oversight over K-12 education and higher education.

[2009 c 443 § 2; 2007 c 459 § 2; 2004 c 247 § 5.]

Notes:

     Effective date -- 2007 c 459: "This act is necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health, or safety, or support of the state government and its existing public institutions, and takes effect immediately [May 14, 2007]." [2007 c 459 § 5.]

     Findings -- Intent -- 2004 c 247: See note following RCW 28A.300.450.




28A.300.462
Financial education public-private partnership — Jumpstart coalition national standards — Financial education learning standards — Technical assistance and grants for demonstration projects — Report.

(1) School districts are encouraged to voluntarily adopt the jumpstart coalition national standards in K-12 personal finance education and provide students with an opportunity to master the standards.

     (2) Subject to funds appropriated specifically for this purpose, the office of the superintendent of public instruction and the financial education public-private partnership shall provide technical assistance and grants to support demonstration projects for district-wide adoption and implementation of the financial education learning standards under this section.

     (3) School districts may apply on a competitive basis to participate as a demonstration project. The office and the partnership shall select up to four school districts as demonstration projects, with two districts located in eastern Washington and two districts located in western Washington, if possible.

     (4) Selected districts must:

     (a) Adopt the jumpstart coalition national standards in K-12 personal finance education as the essential academic learning requirements for financial education and provide students with an opportunity to master the standards;

     (b) Make a commitment to integrate financial education into instruction at all grade levels and in all schools in the district;

     (c) Establish local partnerships within the community to promote financial education in the schools; and

     (d) Conduct pre and posttesting of students' financial literacy.

     (5) The office of the superintendent of public instruction, with the advice of the financial education public-private partnership, shall provide assistance to the demonstration projects regarding curriculum, professional development, and innovative instructional programs to implement the financial education standards.

     (6) The selected districts must report findings and results of the demonstration project to the office of the superintendent of public instruction and appropriate committees of the legislature annually.

[2011 c 262 § 2; 2009 c 443 § 3.]




28A.300.464
Financial education public-private partnership — Contents of report.

The annual report from the financial education public-private partnership, provided funds are available, shall include:

     (1) Results from the jumpstart survey of personal financial literacy;

     (2) Progress toward statewide adoption of financial education standards by school districts;

     (3) Professional development activities related to equipping teachers with the knowledge and skills to teach financial education;

     (4) Activities related to financial education curriculum development; and

     (5) Any recommendations for policies or other activities to support financial education instruction in public schools.

[2009 c 443 § 4.]




28A.300.465
Financial education public-private partnership account.

The Washington financial education public-private partnership account is hereby created in the custody of the state treasurer. The purpose of the account is to support the financial education public-private partnership, and to provide financial education opportunities for students and financial education professional development opportunities for the teachers providing those educational opportunities. Revenues to the account may include gifts from the private sector, federal funds, and any appropriations made by the legislature or other sources. Grants and their administration shall be paid from the account. Only the superintendent of public instruction or the superintendent's designee may authorize expenditures from the account, and only at the direction of the partnership. The account is subject to allotment procedures under chapter 43.88 RCW, but an appropriation is not required for expenditures.

[2009 c 443 § 5; 2004 c 247 § 6.]

Notes:

     Findings -- Intent -- 2004 c 247: See note following RCW 28A.300.450.




28A.300.471
Medical emergency response and automated external defibrillator program.

(1) An automated external defibrillator is often a critical component in the chain of survival for a cardiac arrest victim.

     (2) The office of the superintendent of public instruction, in consultation with school districts and stakeholder groups, shall develop guidance for a medical emergency response and automated external defibrillator program for high schools.

     (3) The medical emergency response and automated external defibrillator program must comply with current evidence-based guidance from the American heart association or other national science organization.

     (4) The office of the superintendent of public instruction, in consultation with the department of health, shall assist districts in carrying out a program under this section, including providing guidelines and advice for seeking grants for the purchase of automated external defibrillators or seeking donations of automated external defibrillators. The superintendent may coordinate with local health districts or other organizations in seeking grants and donations for this purpose.

[2013 c 181 § 2.]

Notes:

     Findings -- Intent -- 2013 c 181: See note following RCW 28A.230.179.




28A.300.475
Medically accurate sexual health education — Curricula — Participation excused — Parental review.

(1) By September 1, 2008, every public school that offers sexual health education must assure that sexual health education is medically and scientifically accurate, age-appropriate, appropriate for students regardless of gender, race, disability status, or sexual orientation, and includes information about abstinence and other methods of preventing unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases. All sexual health information, instruction, and materials must be medically and scientifically accurate. Abstinence may not be taught to the exclusion of other materials and instruction on contraceptives and disease prevention. A school may choose to use separate, outside speakers or prepared curriculum to teach different content areas or units within the comprehensive sexual health program as long as all speakers, curriculum, and materials used are in compliance with this section. Sexual health education must be consistent with the January 2005 guidelines for sexual health information and disease prevention developed by the department of health and the office of the superintendent of public instruction.

     (2) As used in chapter 265, Laws of 2007, "medically and scientifically accurate" means information that is verified or supported by research in compliance with scientific methods, is published in peer-review journals, where appropriate, and is recognized as accurate and objective by professional organizations and agencies with expertise in the field of sexual health including but not limited to the American college of obstetricians and gynecologists, the Washington state department of health, and the federal centers for disease control and prevention.

     (3) The superintendent of public instruction and the department of health shall make the January 2005 guidelines for sexual health information and disease prevention available to school districts, teachers, and guest speakers on their web sites. Within available resources, the superintendent of public instruction and the department of health shall make any related information, model policies, curricula, or other resources available as well.

     (4) The superintendent of public instruction, in consultation with the department of health, shall develop a list of sexual health education curricula that are consistent with the 2005 guidelines for sexual health information and disease prevention. This list shall be intended to serve as a resource for schools, teachers, or any other organization or community group, and shall be updated no less frequently than annually and made available on the web sites of the office of the superintendent of public instruction and the department of health.

     (5) Public schools that offer sexual health education are encouraged to review their sexual health curricula and choose a curriculum from the list developed under subsection (4) of this section. Any public school that offers sexual health education may identify, choose, or develop any other curriculum, if the curriculum chosen or developed complies with the requirements of this section.

     (6) Any parent or legal guardian who wishes to have his or her child excused from any planned instruction in sexual health education may do so upon filing a written request with the school district board of directors or its designee, or the principal of the school his or her child attends, or the principal's designee. In addition, any parent or legal guardian may review the sexual health education curriculum offered in his or her child's school by filing a written request with the school district board of directors, the principal of the school his or her child attends, or the principal's designee.

     (7) The office of the superintendent of public instruction shall, through its Washington state school health profiles survey or other existing reporting mechanism, ask public schools to identify any curricula used to provide sexual health education, and shall report the results of this inquiry to the legislature on a biennial basis, beginning with the 2008-09 school year.

     (8) The requirement to report harassment, intimidation, or bullying under RCW
28A.600.480(2) applies to this section.

[2007 c 265 § 2.]

Notes:

     Finding -- Intent -- 2007 c 265: "(1) The legislature finds that young people should have the knowledge and skills necessary to build healthy relationships, and to protect themselves from unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV infection. The primary responsibility for sexual health education is with parents and guardians. However, this responsibility also extends to schools and other community groups. It is in the public's best interest to ensure that young people are equipped with medically and scientifically accurate, age-appropriate information that will help them avoid unintended pregnancies, remain free of sexually transmitted diseases, and make informed, responsible decisions throughout their lives.

     (2) The legislature intends to support and advance the standards established in the January 2005 guidelines for sexual health information and disease prevention developed by the office of the superintendent of public instruction and the department of health. These guidelines are a fundamental tool to help school districts, teachers, guest speakers, health and counseling providers, community groups, parents, and guardians choose, develop, and evaluate sexual health curricula to better meet the health and safety needs of adolescents and young adults in their communities." [2007 c 265 § 1.]

     Short title -- 2007 c 265: "This act may be known and cited as the healthy youth act." [2007 c 265 § 3.]




28A.300.480
Civic education travel grant program.

(1) The civic education travel grant program is created to provide travel grants to students participating in statewide, regional, national, or international civic education competitions or events.

     (2) The superintendent of public instruction shall allocate grants under the program established in this section from private donations or with amounts appropriated for this specific purpose. The grants shall be awarded on a competitive basis.

     (3) The superintendent of public instruction may contract with independent review panelists and establish an advisory panel to evaluate and make recommendations to the superintendent of public instruction based on grant applications.

     (4) The superintendent of public instruction shall select grant recipients from student applicants that meet all of the following criteria:

     (a) Students must be residents of the state of Washington;

     (b) Students must use the grants to fund travel to civic education-based competitions or events;

     (c) Students must be participants in the civic education competition or event; and

     (d) Students must be under the age of twenty-one and not yet have received their high school diploma.

     (5) Students are encouraged to seek matching funds, in-kind contributions, or other sources of support to supplement their travel expenses.

     (6) Applicants must include in the grant application the following:

     (a) A brief description of the civic education competition or event;

     (b) A brief description of what the applicant expects to learn from the competition or event;

     (c) The total travel costs and how much the applicant is requesting from the program; and

     (d) The total amount of matching funds the applicant has already secured or expects to secure.

     (7) The superintendent of public instruction may adopt other criteria as appropriate for the review of grant proposals. In reviewing student applications for funding, scoring shall be based on an evaluation of all application materials that may be requested of applicants. The superintendent of public instruction shall consider the overall breadth and variety of the field of applicants to determine the projects that would best fulfill the program's goal. Final grant awards may be for the full amount of the grant request or for a portion of the grant request.

     (8) The office of the superintendent of public instruction may accept gifts, grants, or endowments from public or private sources for the program and may spend any gifts, grants, or endowments or income from public or private sources according to their terms.

[2007 c 291 § 3.]

Notes:

     Finding -- Effective date -- 2007 c 291: See notes following RCW 28A.300.801.




28A.300.490
Task force on gangs in schools — Reports.

(1) A task force on gangs in schools is created to examine current adult and youth gang activities that are affecting school safety. The task force shall work under the guidance of the superintendent of public instruction school safety center, the school safety center advisory committee, and the Washington association of sheriffs and police chiefs.

     (2) The task force shall be comprised of representatives, selected by the superintendent of public instruction, who possess expertise relevant to gang activity in schools. The task force shall outline methods for preventing new gangs, eliminating existing gangs, gathering intelligence, and sharing information about gang activities.

     (3) Beginning December 1, 2007, the task force shall annually report its findings and recommendations to the education committees of the legislature.

[2007 c 406 § 2.]




28A.300.500
Longitudinal student data system.

(1) The office of the superintendent of public instruction is authorized to establish a longitudinal student data system for and on behalf of school districts in the state. The primary purpose of the data system is to better aid research into programs and interventions that are most effective in improving student performance, better understand the state's public educator workforce, and provide information on areas within the educational system that need improvement.

     (2) The confidentiality of personally identifiable student data shall be safeguarded consistent with the requirements of the federal family educational rights privacy act and applicable state laws. Consistent with the provisions of these federal and state laws, data may be disclosed for educational purposes and studies, including but not limited to:

     (a) Educational studies authorized or mandated by the state legislature;

     (b) Studies initiated by other state educational authorities and authorized by the office of the superintendent of public instruction, including analysis conducted by the education data center established under RCW
43.41.400; and

     (c) Studies initiated by other public or private agencies and organizations and authorized by the office of the superintendent of public instruction.

     (3) Any agency or organization that is authorized by the office of the superintendent of public instruction to access student-level data shall adhere to all federal and state laws protecting student data and safeguarding the confidentiality and privacy of student records.

     (4) Nothing in this section precludes the office of the superintendent of public instruction from collecting and distributing aggregate data about students or student-level data without personally identifiable information.

[2007 c 401 § 2.]

Notes:

     Findings -- 2007 c 401: "The legislature finds that:

     (1) Reliable data on student progress, characteristics of students and schools, and teacher qualifications and mobility is critical for accountability to the state and to the public;

     (2) Educational data should be made available as widely as possible while appropriately protecting the privacy of individuals as provided by law;

     (3) Having a single, comprehensive, and technically compatible student and school-level data system will streamline data collection for school districts, reduce inefficiencies caused by the lack of connectivity, and minimize or eliminate multiple data entry; and

     (4) Schools and districts should be supported in their management of educational data and should have access to user-friendly programs and reports that can be readily used by classroom teachers and building principals to improve instruction." [2007 c 401 § 1.]




28A.300.505
School data systems — Standards — Reporting format.

(1) The office of the superintendent of public instruction shall develop standards for school data systems that focus on validation and verification of data entered into the systems to ensure accuracy and compatibility of data. The standards shall address but are not limited to the following topics:

     (a) Date validation;

     (b) Code validation, which includes gender, race or ethnicity, and other code elements;

     (c) Decimal and integer validation; and

     (d) Required field validation as defined by state and federal requirements.

     (2) The superintendent of public instruction shall develop a reporting format and instructions for school districts to collect and submit data on student demographics that is disaggregated by distinct ethnic categories within racial subgroups so that analyses may be conducted on student achievement using the disaggregated data.

[2007 c 401 § 5.]

Notes:

     Findings -- 2007 c 401: See note following RCW 28A.300.500.




28A.300.507
K-12 data governance group — Duties — Reports.

(1) A K-12 data governance group shall be established within the office of the superintendent of public instruction to assist in the design and implementation of a K-12 education data improvement system for financial, student, and educator data. It is the intent that the data system reporting specifically serve requirements for teachers, parents, superintendents, school boards, the office of the superintendent of public instruction, the legislature, and the public.

     (2) The K-12 data governance group shall include representatives of the education data center, the office of the superintendent of public instruction, the legislative evaluation and accountability program committee, the professional educator standards board, the state board of education, and school district staff, including information technology staff. Additional entities with expertise in education data may be included in the K-12 data governance group.

     (3) The K-12 data governance group shall:

     (a) Identify the critical research and policy questions that need to be addressed by the K-12 education data improvement system;

     (b) Identify reports and other information that should be made available on the internet in addition to the reports identified in subsection (5) of this section;

     (c) Create a comprehensive needs requirement document detailing the specific information and technical capacity needed by school districts and the state to meet the legislature's expectations for a comprehensive K-12 education data improvement system as described under RCW
28A.655.210;

     (d) Conduct a gap analysis of current and planned information compared to the needs requirement document, including an analysis of the strengths and limitations of an education data system and programs currently used by school districts and the state, and specifically the gap analysis must look at the extent to which the existing data can be transformed into canonical form and where existing software can be used to meet the needs requirement document;

     (e) Focus on financial and cost data necessary to support the new K-12 financial models and funding formulas, including any necessary changes to school district budgeting and accounting, and on assuring the capacity to link data across financial, student, and educator systems; and

     (f) Define the operating rules and governance structure for K-12 data collections, ensuring that data systems are flexible and able to adapt to evolving needs for information, within an objective and orderly data governance process for determining when changes are needed and how to implement them. Strong consideration must be made to the current practice and cost of migration to new requirements. The operating rules should delineate the coordination, delegation, and escalation authority for data collection issues, business rules, and performance goals for each K-12 data collection system, including:

     (i) Defining and maintaining standards for privacy and confidentiality;

     (ii) Setting data collection priorities;

     (iii) Defining and updating a standard data dictionary;

     (iv) Ensuring data compliance with the data dictionary;

     (v) Ensuring data accuracy; and

     (vi) Establishing minimum standards for school, student, financial, and teacher data systems. Data elements may be specified "to the extent feasible" or "to the extent available" to collect more and better data sets from districts with more flexible software. Nothing in RCW 43.41.400, this section, or RCW 28A.655.210 should be construed to require that a data dictionary or reporting should be hobbled to the lowest common set. The work of the K-12 data governance group must specify which data are desirable. Districts that can meet these requirements shall report the desirable data. Funding from the legislature must establish which subset data are absolutely required.

     (4)(a) The K-12 data governance group shall provide updates on its work as requested by the education data center and the legislative evaluation and accountability program committee.

     (b) The work of the K-12 data governance group shall be periodically reviewed and monitored by the educational data center and the legislative evaluation and accountability program committee.

     (5) To the extent data is available, the office of the superintendent of public instruction shall make the following minimum reports available on the internet. The reports must either be run on demand against current data, or, if a static report, must have been run against the most recent data:

     (a) The percentage of data compliance and data accuracy by school district;

     (b) The magnitude of spending per student, by student estimated by the following algorithm and reported as the detailed summation of the following components:

     (i) An approximate, prorated fraction of each teacher or human resource element that directly serves the student. Each human resource element must be listed or accessible through online tunneling in the report;

     (ii) An approximate, prorated fraction of classroom or building costs used by the student;

     (iii) An approximate, prorated fraction of transportation costs used by the student; and

     (iv) An approximate, prorated fraction of all other resources within the district. District-wide components should be disaggregated to the extent that it is sensible and economical;

     (c) The cost of K-12 basic education, per student, by student, by school district, estimated by the algorithm in (b) of this subsection, and reported in the same manner as required in (b) of this subsection;

     (d) The cost of K-12 special education services per student, by student receiving those services, by school district, estimated by the algorithm in (b) of this subsection, and reported in the same manner as required in (b) of this subsection;

     (e) Improvement on the statewide assessments computed as both a percentage change and absolute change on a scale score metric by district, by school, and by teacher that can also be filtered by a student's length of full-time enrollment within the school district;

     (f) Number of K-12 students per classroom teacher on a per teacher basis;

     (g) Number of K-12 classroom teachers per student on a per student basis;

     (h) Percentage of a classroom teacher per student on a per student basis; and

     (i) The cost of K-12 education per student by school district sorted by federal, state, and local dollars.

     (6) The superintendent of public instruction shall submit a preliminary report to the legislature by November 15, 2009, including the analyses by the K-12 data governance group under subsection (3) of this section and preliminary options for addressing identified gaps. A final report, including a proposed phase-in plan and preliminary cost estimates for implementation of a comprehensive data improvement system for financial, student, and educator data shall be submitted to the legislature by September 1, 2010.

     (7) All reports and data referenced in this section and RCW 43.41.400 and 28A.655.210 shall be made available in a manner consistent with the technical requirements of the legislative evaluation and accountability program committee and the education data center so that selected data can be provided to the legislature, governor, school districts, and the public.

     (8) Reports shall contain data to the extent it is available. All reports must include documentation of which data are not available or are estimated. Reports must not be suppressed because of poor data accuracy or completeness. Reports may be accompanied with documentation to inform the reader of why some data are missing or inaccurate or estimated.

[2009 c 548 § 203.]

Notes:

     Intent -- 2009 c 548: See RCW 28A.150.1981.

     Finding -- 2009 c 548: See note following RCW 28A.410.270.

     Intent -- Finding -- 2009 c 548: See note following RCW 28A.305.130.




28A.300.510
After-school mathematics support program — Reports.

(1) The after-school mathematics support program is created to study the effects of intentional, skilled mathematics support included as part of an existing after-school activity program.

     (2) The office of the superintendent of public instruction shall provide grants to selected community-based, nonprofit organizations that provide after-school programs and include support for students to learn mathematics.

     (3) Grant applicants must demonstrate the capacity to provide assistance in mathematics learning in the following ways:

     (a) Identifying the mathematics content and instructional skill of the staff or volunteers assisting students;

     (b) Identifying proposed learning strategies to be used, which could include computer-based instructional and skill practice programs and tutoring by adults or other students;

     (c) Articulating the plan for connection with school mathematics teachers to coordinate student assistance; and

     (d) Articulating the plan for assessing student and program success.

     (4) Priority will be given to applicants that propose programs to serve middle school and junior high school students.

     (5) The office of the superintendent of public instruction shall evaluate program outcomes and report to the governor and the education committees of the legislature on the outcomes of the grants and make recommendations related to program continuation, program modification, and issues related to program sustainability and possible program expansion. An interim report is due November 1, 2008. The final report is due December 1, 2009.

[2007 c 396 § 3.]

Notes:

     Captions not law -- 2007 c 396: See note following RCW 28A.305.215.

     Finding -- Intent -- 2007 c 396: See note following RCW 28A.300.515.




28A.300.520
Policies to support children of incarcerated parents.

(1) The superintendent of public instruction shall review current policies and assess the adequacy and availability of programs targeted at children who have a parent who is incarcerated in a department of corrections facility. The superintendent of public instruction shall adopt policies that support the children of incarcerated parents and meet their needs with the goal of facilitating normal child development, including maintaining adequate academic progress, while reducing intergenerational incarceration.

     (2) To the extent funds are available, the superintendent shall conduct the following activities to assist in implementing the requirements of subsection (1) of this section:

     (a) Gather information and data on the students who are the children of inmates incarcerated in department of corrections facilities; and

     (b) Participate in the children of incarcerated parents advisory committee and report information obtained under this section to the advisory committee.

[2009 c 578 § 9; 2007 c 384 § 5.]

Notes:

     Intent -- Finding -- 2007 c 384: See note following RCW 72.09.495.




28A.300.525
Students in children's administration out-of-home care — Report on educational experiences.

The education data center shall include in its reporting as part of the P-20 education data project the educational experiences and progress of students in children's administration out-of-home care. This data should be disaggregated in the smallest units allowable by law that do not identify an individual student, in order to learn which school districts are experiencing the greatest success and challenges in achieving quality educational outcomes with students in children's administration out-of-home care.

[2012 c 163 § 11; 2008 c 297 § 2; (2009 c 556 § 11 expired July 1, 2011).]

Notes:

     Findings -- Effective date -- 2012 c 163: See notes following RCW 28B.117.010.

     Short title -- 2012 c 163: See RCW 28B.117.902.

     Expiration date -- 2009 c 556 §§ 11, 13, and 15: "Sections 11, 13, and 15 of this act expire July 1, 2011." [2009 c 556 § 21.]




28A.300.530
Individuals with dyslexia — Identification and instruction — Handbook — Reports.

(1) Within available resources, the office of the superintendent of public instruction, in consultation with the school districts that participated in the Lorraine Wojahn dyslexia pilot program, and with an international nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting efforts to provide appropriate identification of and instruction for individuals with dyslexia, shall:

     (a) Develop an educator training program to enhance the reading, writing, and spelling skills of students with dyslexia. The training program must provide research-based, multisensory literacy intervention professional development in the areas of dyslexia and intervention implementation. The program shall be posted on the web site of the office of the superintendent of public instruction. The training program may be regionally delivered through the educational service districts. The educational service districts may seek assistance from the international nonprofit organization to deliver the training; and

     (b) Develop a dyslexia handbook to be used as a reference for teachers and parents of students with dyslexia. The handbook shall be modeled after other state dyslexia handbooks, and shall include guidelines for school districts to follow as they identify and provide services for students with dyslexia. Additionally, the handbook shall provide school districts, and parents and guardians with information regarding the state's relevant statutes and their relation to federal special education laws. The handbook shall be posted on the web site of the office of the superintendent of public instruction.

     (2) Beginning September 1, 2009, and annually thereafter, each educational service district shall report to the office of the superintendent of public instruction the number of individuals who participate in the training developed and offered by the educational service district. The office of the superintendent of public instruction shall report that information to the legislative education committees.

[2009 c 546 § 2.]

Notes:

     Finding -- Intent -- 2009 c 546: "Dyslexia is a language-based learning disability that affects individuals throughout their lives. Washington state has a long-standing tradition of working to serve its students with dyslexia. Since 2005, the legislature has provided funding for five pilot projects to implement research-based, multisensory literacy intervention for students with dyslexia. Participating schools were required to have a three-tiered reading structure in place, provide professional development training to teachers, assess students, and collect and maintain data on student progress.

     The legislature finds that the students receiving intervention support through the dyslexia pilot projects have made substantial and steady academic gains. The legislature intends to sustain this work and expand the implementation to a level of statewide support for students with dyslexia by developing and providing information and training, including a handbook to continue to improve the skills of our students with dyslexia." [2009 c 546 § 1.]




28A.300.540
Uniform process to track expenditures for transporting homeless students — Rules — Information to be posted on web site — Reports — Video on identifying homeless students — Best practices.

(1) By December 31, 2010, the office of the superintendent of public instruction shall establish a uniform process designed to track the additional expenditures for transporting homeless students, including expenditures required under the McKinney Vento act, reauthorized as Title X, Part C, of the no child left behind act, P.L. 107-110, in January 2002. Once established, the superintendent shall adopt the necessary administrative rules to direct each school district to adopt and use the uniform process and track these expenditures. The superintendent shall post on the superintendent's web site total expenditures related to the transportation of homeless students.

     (2)(a) By January 10, 2015, and every odd-numbered year thereafter, the office of the superintendent of public instruction shall report to the governor and the legislature the following data for homeless students:

     (i) The number of identified homeless students enrolled in public schools;

     (ii) The number of students participating in the learning assistance program under chapter
28A.165 RCW, the highly capable program under chapter 28A.185 RCW, and the running start program under chapter 28A.600 RCW; and

     (iii) The academic performance and educational outcomes of homeless students, including but not limited to the following performance and educational outcomes:

     (A) Student scores on the statewide administered academic assessments;

     (B) English language proficiency;

     (C) Dropout rates;

     (D) Four-year adjusted cohort graduation rate;

     (E) Five-year adjusted cohort graduation rate;

     (F) Absenteeism rates;

     (G) Truancy rates, if available; and

     (H) Suspension and expulsion data.

     (b) The data reported under this subsection (2) must include state and district-level information and must be disaggregated by at least the following subgroups of students: White, Black, Hispanic, American Indian/Alaskan Native, Asian, Pacific Islander/Hawaiian Native, low income, transitional bilingual, migrant, special education, and gender.

     (3) By July 1, 2014, the office of the superintendent of public instruction in collaboration with experts from community organizations on homelessness and homeless education policy, shall develop or acquire a short video that provides information on how to identify signs that indicate a student may be homeless, how to provide services and support to homeless students, and why this identification and support is critical to student success. The video must be posted on the superintendent of public instruction's web site.

     (4) By July 1, 2014, the office of the superintendent of public instruction shall adopt and distribute to each school district, best practices for choosing and training school district-designated homeless student liaisons.

[2014 c 212 § 2; 2009 c 515 § 12.]

Notes:

     Findings -- Intent -- 2014 c 212: "The legislature finds that since the 2005-06 school year, the number of homeless students identified in the K-12 public school system has been increasing. The legislature further finds that there are additional homeless students who are not identified by schools. The legislature intends to improve educational outcomes for homeless children by strengthening the ability of school districts to identify homeless students, establishing data reporting requirements, and distributing best practices and information regarding services and support for homeless students." [2014 c 212 § 1.]




28A.300.545
Condensed compliance report form — Audit of districts submitting condensed compliance report forms.

(1) The superintendent of public instruction shall develop a condensed compliance report form for second-class districts by August 1, 2011. The report form shall allow districts the option of indicating one of the following for each funded program:

     (a) The district has complied or received a state board of education-approved waiver;

     (b) The district has not complied, accompanied by an explanation or the steps taken to comply; or

     (c) The district has received a grant for less than half of a full-time equivalent instructional staff.

     (2) The office of the superintendent of public instruction may conduct random audits of second-class districts that submit a condensed compliance report under RCW
28A.330.250. The purpose of the audit is to determine whether documentation exists to support a school district superintendent's condensed compliance report.

[2011 c 45 § 2.]

Notes:

     Conflict with federal requirements -- 2011 c 45: See note following RCW 28A.330.250.




28A.300.550
Innovation schools — Identification — Web site — Publicity.

(1) The legislature finds that innovation schools accomplish the following objectives:

     (a) Provide students and parents with a diverse array of educational options;

     (b) Promote active and meaningful parent and community involvement and partnership with local schools;

     (c) Serve as laboratories for educational experimentation and innovation;

     (d) Respond and adapt to different styles, approaches, and objectives of learning;

     (e) Hold students and educators to high expectations and standards; and

     (f) Encourage and facilitate bold, creative, and innovative educational ideas.

     (2) The office of the superintendent of public instruction shall develop basic criteria and a streamlined review process for identifying Washington innovation schools. Any public school, including those with institution of higher education partners, may be nominated by a community, organization, school district, institution of higher education, or through self-nomination to be designated as a Washington innovation school. If the office of the superintendent of public instruction finds that the school meets the criteria, the school shall receive a designation as a Washington innovation school. Within available funds, the office shall develop a logo, certificate, and other recognition strategies to encourage and highlight the accomplishments of innovation schools.

     (3) The office of the superintendent of public instruction shall:

     (a) Create a page on the office web site to highlight examples of Washington innovation schools, including those with institution of higher education partners, that includes links to research literature and national best practices, as well as summary information and links to the web sites of Washington innovation schools. The office is encouraged to offer an educational administrator intern the opportunity to create the web page as a project toward completion of his or her administrator certificate; and

     (b) Publicize the Washington innovation school designation and encourage schools, communities, institutions of higher education, and school districts to access the web site and create additional models of innovation.

[2011 c 202 § 2.]

Notes:

     Finding -- Intent -- 2011 c 202: "(1) The legislature finds that Washington has a long history of providing legal, financial, and political support for a wide range of innovative programs and initiatives and that these can and do operate successfully in public schools through the currently authorized governance structure of locally elected boards of directors of school districts.

     (2) Examples of innovation schools can be found all across the state including, but not limited to:

     (a) The Vancouver school of arts and academics that offers students beginning in sixth grade the opportunity to immerse themselves in the full range of the arts, including dance, music, theater, literary arts, visual arts, and moving image arts, as well as all levels of core academic courses;

     (b) Thornton Creek elementary school in Seattle, an award-winning parent-initiated learning option based on the expeditionary learning outward bound model;

     (c) The technology access foundation academy, a unique public-private partnership with the Federal Way school district that offers a rigorous and relevant curriculum through project-based learning, full integration of technology, and a small learning community intended to provide middle and high school students the opportunity for success in school and college;

     (d) Talbot Hill elementary school in Renton, where students participate in a microsociety program that includes selecting a government, conducting business and encouraging entrepreneurialism, and providing community services such as banking, newspaper, post office, and courts;

     (e) The Tacoma school of the arts, where sophomores through seniors form a cohesive, full-time learning community to study the full range of humanities, mathematics, science, and language as well as build a broad foundation in all forms of the arts, culminating with an in-depth senior arts project that showcases each student's talent and interest;

     (f) The SPRINT program at Shaw middle school in Spokane, an alternative learning community for students in seventh and eighth grade proposed and created by a group of parents who wish to be very actively involved in their students' education;

     (g) Puesta del sol elementary school in Bellevue, offering a diverse multicultural program and Spanish language immersion beginning in kindergarten;

     (h) The Washington national guard youth challenge program operated in collaboration with the Bremerton school district that offers high-risk youth a rigorous and structured residential program that builds students' academic, social, and emotional skills, and physical fitness while providing up to one year of high school credits toward graduation;

     (i) The Lincoln center program at Lincoln high school in Tacoma, an extended day program that has virtually eliminated the academic achievement gap and significantly boosted attendance and test scores for racially diverse, low-income, and highly mobile students;

     (j) Delta high school, a science, technology, engineering, and math-focused school option for students in the Tri-Cities operating in cooperation with three school districts, the regional skill center, local colleges and universities, and the business community; and

     (k) Aviation high school in the Highline school district, offering a project-based curriculum and learning environment centered on an aviation and aeronautics theme with strong business and community support.

     (3) Therefore, the legislature intends to encourage additional innovation schools by disseminating information about current models and recognizing the effort and commitment that goes into their creation and operation." [2011 c 202 § 1.]




28A.300.555
Finding — Grants to improve readiness to learn.

(1) The legislature finds that helping children to arrive at school ready to learn is an important part of improving student learning.

     (2) To the extent funds are appropriated, the superintendent of public instruction shall award grants to community-based consortiums that submit comprehensive plans that include strategies to improve readiness to learn.

[2011 1st sp.s. c 32 § 11; 1993 c 336 § 901. Formerly RCW 70.190.040.]

Notes:

     Transition plan -- Report to the legislature -- 2011 1st sp.s. c 32: See note following RCW 70.305.005.

     Findings -- Intent -- Part headings not law -- 1993 c 336: See notes following RCW 28A.150.210.

     Findings -- 1993 c 336: See note following RCW 28A.150.210.




28A.300.560
Data on college credit through dual credit courses — Posting on web site.

In addition to data on student enrollment in dual credit courses, the office of the superintendent of public instruction shall collect and post on the Washington state report card web site the rates at which students earn college credit through a dual credit course, using the following criteria:

     (1) Students who achieve a score of three or higher on an AP examination;

     (2) Students who achieve a score of four or higher on an examination of the international baccalaureate diploma programme;

     (3) Students who successfully complete a Cambridge advanced international certificate of education examination;

     (4) Students who successfully complete a course through the college in the high school program under RCW
28A.600.290 and are awarded credit by the partnering institution of higher education; and

     (5) Students who satisfy the dual enrollment and class performance requirements to earn college credit through a tech prep course; and

     (6) Students who successfully complete a course through the running start program under RCW 28A.600.300 and are awarded credit by the institution of higher education.

[2013 c 184 § 4.]

Notes:

     Findings -- 2013 c 184: See note following RCW 28A.320.195.




28A.300.565
Grants to implement emergency response systems.

Subject to funds appropriated specifically for this purpose, the office of the superintendent of public instruction shall allocate grants to school districts on a competitive basis for the purpose of implementing emergency response systems using evolving technology to expedite the response and arrival of law enforcement in the event of a threat or emergency at a school.

[2013 c 233 § 4.]




28A.300.570
Support of reading and early literacy.

In support of reading and early literacy, the office of the superintendent of public instruction is responsible for:

     (1) Continuing to work collaboratively with state and regional partners such as the department of early learning and the educational service districts to establish early literacy benchmarks and standards and to implement the Washington state comprehensive literacy plan;

     (2) Disseminating research and information to school districts about evidence-based programs and practices in reading readiness skills, early literacy, and reading instruction;

     (3) Providing statewide models to support school districts that are implementing response to intervention initiatives, positive behavior intervention support systems, or other similar comprehensive models of data-based identification and early intervention; and

     (4) Within available funds and in partnership with the educational service districts, providing technical assistance and professional development opportunities for school districts.

[2013 2nd sp.s. c 18 § 101.]

Notes:

     Application -- Enforcement of laws protecting health and safety -- 2013 2nd sp.s. c 18: See note following RCW 28A.600.022.




28A.300.575
Washington state seal of biliteracy.

(1) The Washington state seal of biliteracy is established to recognize public high school graduates who have attained a high level of proficiency in speaking, reading, and writing in one or more world languages in addition to English. School districts are encouraged to award the seal of biliteracy to graduating high school students who meet the criteria established by the office of the superintendent of public instruction under this section. Participating school districts shall place a notation on a student's high school diploma and high school transcript indicating that the student has earned the seal.

     (2) The office of the superintendent of public instruction shall adopt rules establishing criteria for award of the Washington state seal of biliteracy. The criteria must require a student to demonstrate proficiency in English by meeting state high school graduation requirements in English, including through state assessments and credits, and proficiency in one or more world languages other than English. The criteria must permit a student to demonstrate proficiency in another world language through multiple methods including nationally or internationally recognized language proficiency tests and competency-based world language credits awarded under the model policy adopted by the Washington state school directors' association.

     (3) For the purposes of this section, a world language other than English must include American sign language and Native American languages.

[2014 c 102 § 2.]

Notes:

     Findings -- Intent -- 2014 c 102: "(1) The legislature finds that:

     (a) The study of world languages in elementary and secondary schools should be encouraged because it contributes to students' cognitive development and to the national economy and security;

     (b) Proficiency in multiple languages enables Washington to participate more effectively in the current global political, social, and economic context;

     (c) The benefits to employers of having employees who are fluent in more than one language are clear: Increased access to expanding markets, better service of customers' needs, and expanded trading opportunities with other countries; and

     (d) Protecting the state's rich heritage of multiple cultures and languages, as well as building trust and understanding across the multiple cultures and languages of diverse communities, requires multilingual communication skills.

     (2) Therefore, the legislature's intent is to promote and recognize linguistic proficiency and cultural literacy in one or more world languages in addition to English through the establishment of a Washington state seal of biliteracy." [2014 c 102 § 1.]

     Report -- 2014 c 102: "By December 1, 2017, the office of the superintendent of public instruction shall submit a report to the education committees of the legislature that compares the number of students awarded the Washington state seal of biliteracy in the previous two school years and the languages spoken by those students, to the number of students enrolled or previously enrolled in the transitional bilingual instruction program and the languages spoken by those students. The office of the superintendent of public instruction shall also report the methods used by students to demonstrate proficiency for the Washington state seal of biliteracy, and describe how the office of the superintendent of public instruction plans to increase the number of possible methods for students to demonstrate proficiency, particularly in world languages that are not widely spoken." [2014 c 102 § 4.]




28A.300.580
Phone interpretation services — Posting vendor information on web site.

(1) The office of the superintendent of public instruction and the office of the education ombuds shall post information on the agency's web site regarding the phone interpretation vendors on contract with the state of Washington, including contact information.

     (2) School districts are encouraged to use the phone interpretation services addressed in subsection (1) of this section to communicate with student's parents, legal guardians, and family members who have limited English proficiency.

[2014 c 150 § 4.]




28A.300.800
Education of school-age children in short-term foster care — Working group — Recommendations to legislature.

(1) Within existing resources, the department of social and health services, in cooperation with the office of the superintendent of public instruction, shall convene a working group to prepare a plan for the legislature which addresses educational stability and continuity for school-age children who enter into short-term foster care. The working group shall be comprised of representatives from:

     (a) The children's administration of the department of social and health services;

     (b) The special education, transportation, and apportionment divisions of the office of the superintendent of public instruction;

     (c) The Washington state institute for public policy;

     (d) School districts;

     (e) Organizations that regularly advocate for foster children;

     (f) Foster parents; and

     (g) Other individuals with related expertise as deemed appropriate by the working group.

     (2)(a) The working group shall develop a plan for assuring that the best interests of the child are a primary consideration in the school placement of a child in short-term foster care. The plan must:

     (i) Determine the current status of school placement for children placed in short-term foster care;

     (ii) Identify options and possible funding sources from existing resources which could be made available to assure that children placed in short-term foster care are able to remain in the school where they were enrolled prior to placement;

     (iii) Submit recommendations to the legislature by November 1, 2002, to assure the best interest of the child receives primary consideration in school placement decisions.

     (b) The plan shall be developed within existing resources.

[2002 c 326 § 1.]

Notes:

     Effective date -- 2002 c 326: "This act is necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health, or safety, or support of the state government and its existing public institutions, and takes effect immediately [April 2, 2002]." [2002 c 326 § 3.]




28A.300.8001
Plan for cross-system collaboration to promote educational stability and improve educational outcomes for foster children — Reports.

By December 1, 2012, and on an annual basis through December 1, 2015, the superintendent of public instruction, in consultation with the department of social and health services and the office of the administrator for the courts, shall submit a report to the governor and the appropriate committees of the legislature regarding the content and implementation status of the state's plan for cross-system collaboration to promote educational stability and improve educational outcomes for foster children pursuant to the requirements of the federal fostering connections to success and increasing adoptions act, P.L. 110-351. The annual report must include, but is not limited to, information regarding:

     (1) A description of the process used to determine students' best interest in continued enrollment at the school the student was in at the time of initial placement or change of placement;

     (2) The number of days, following initial placement or change of placement, to resume school at the school the student was in at the time of initial placement or change of placement or complete new school enrollment and attend at a new school;

     (3) The number of days from request to delivery of school records from the sending school to the receiving school; and

     (4) Documentation of a plan and use of federal Title IV-E dollars to support transportation for educational continuity as envisioned in the federal fostering connections to success and increasing adoptions act, P.L. 110-351.

[2012 c 163 § 10.]

Notes:

     Findings -- Effective date -- 2012 c 163: See notes following RCW 28B.117.010.

     Short title -- 2012 c 163: See RCW 28B.117.902.




28A.300.801
Legislative youth advisory council.

(1) The legislative youth advisory council is established to examine issues of importance to youth, including but not limited to education, employment, strategies to increase youth participation in state and municipal government, safe environments for youth, substance abuse, emotional and physical health, foster care, poverty, homelessness, and youth access to services on a statewide and municipal basis.

     (2) The council consists of twenty-two members as provided in this subsection who, at the time of appointment, are aged fourteen to eighteen. The council shall select a chair from among its members.

     (3) Except for initial members, members shall serve two-year terms, and if eligible, may be reappointed for subsequent two-year terms. One-half of the initial members shall be appointed to one-year terms, and these appointments shall be made in such a way as to preserve overall representation on the committee.

     (4)(a) By July 2, 2007, and annually thereafter, students may apply to be considered for participation in the program by completing an online application form and submitting the application to the legislative youth advisory council. The council may develop selection criteria and an application review process. The council shall recommend candidates whose names will be submitted to the office of the lieutenant governor for final selection. Beginning May 7, 2009, the office of the lieutenant governor shall notify all applicants of the final selections using existing staff and resources.

     (b) Within existing staff and resources, the office of the lieutenant governor shall make the application available on the lieutenant governor's web site.

     (5) If the council has sufficient funds from any source, then the council shall have the following duties:

     (a) Advising the legislature on proposed and pending legislation, including state budget expenditures and policy matters relating to youth;

     (b) Advising the standing committees of the legislature and study commissions, committees, and task forces regarding issues relating to youth;

     (c) Conducting periodic seminars for its members regarding leadership, government, and the legislature;

     (d) Accepting and soliciting for grants and donations from public and private sources to support the activities of the council; and

     (e) Reporting annually by December 1st to the legislature on its activities, including proposed legislation that implements recommendations of the council.

     (6) If the council has sufficient funds from any source, then in carrying out its duties under this section, the council may meet at least three times but not more than six times per year. The council shall consider conducting at least some of the meetings via the K-20 telecommunications network. The council is encouraged to invite local state legislators to participate in the meetings. The council is encouraged to poll other students in order to get a broad perspective on the various issues. The council is encouraged to use technology to conduct the polling, including the council's web site, if the council has a web site.

     (7) If the council has sufficient funds from any source, then members shall be reimbursed as provided in RCW
43.03.050 and 43.03.060.

     (8) If sufficient funds are available from any source, beginning with May 7, 2009, the office of superintendent of public instruction shall provide administration, coordination, and facilitation assistance to the council. The senate and house of representatives may provide policy and fiscal briefings and assistance with drafting proposed legislation. The senate and the house of representatives shall each develop internal policies relating to staff assistance provided to the council. Such policies may include applicable internal personnel and practices guidelines, resource use and expense reimbursement guidelines, and applicable ethics mandates. Provision of funds, resources, and staff, as well as the assignment and direction of staff, remains at all times within the sole discretion of the chamber making the provision.

     (9) The office of the lieutenant governor, the office of the superintendent of public instruction, the legislature, any agency of the legislature, and any official or employee of such office or agency are immune from liability for any injury that is incurred by or caused by a member of the youth advisory council and that occurs while the member of the council is performing duties of the council or is otherwise engaged in activities or receiving services for which reimbursement is allowed under subsection (7) of this section. The immunity provided by this subsection does not apply to an injury intentionally caused by the act or omission of an employee or official of the superintendent of public instruction or the legislature or any agency of the legislature.

[2009 c 410 § 1; 2007 c 291 § 2; 2005 c 355 § 1.]

Notes:

     Effective date -- 2009 c 410: "This act is necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health, or safety, or support of the state government and its existing public institutions, and takes effect immediately [May 7, 2009]." [2009 c 410 § 2.]

     Finding -- 2007 c 291: "The legislature finds that the legislative youth advisory council provides a unique opportunity for middle and high school students to be actively involved in government. Councilmembers not only learn about, but exercise, the core values and democratic principles of our state and nation, along with the rights and responsibilities of citizenship and democratic civic involvement. As such, they are engaged in authentic practice of the essential academic learning requirements in civics. In the short time since its creation, the legislative youth advisory council has studied, debated, and begun to formulate positions and recommendations on such important topics as education reform, school finance, public school learning environments, health and fitness education, and standardized testing. The legislature continues to stress the importance of civics education and support the type of civic involvement by students exemplified by the legislative youth advisory council." [2007 c 291 § 1.]

     Effective date -- 2007 c 291: "This act is necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health, or safety, or support of the state government and its existing public institutions, and takes effect immediately [May 2, 2007]." [2007 c 291 § 4.]




28A.300.802
Advisory groups — Travel — Compensation.

In addition to any board, commission, council, committee, or other similar group established by statute or executive order, the superintendent of public instruction may appoint advisory groups on subject matters within the superintendent's responsibilities or as may be required by any federal legislation as a condition to the receipt of federal funds by the federal department. The advisory groups shall be constituted as required by federal law or as the superintendent may determine.

     Members of advisory groups under the authority of the superintendent may be paid their travel expenses in accordance with RCW
43.03.050 and 43.03.060.

     Except as provided in this section, members of advisory groups under the authority of the superintendent are volunteering their services and are not eligible for compensation. A person is eligible to receive compensation in an amount not to exceed one hundred dollars for each day during which the member attends an official meeting of the group or performs statutorily prescribed duties approved by the chairperson of the group if the person (1) occupies a position, normally regarded as full-time in nature, as a certificated employee of a local school district; (2) is participating as part of their employment with the local school district; and (3) the meeting or duties are performed outside the period in which school days as defined by *RCW 28A.150.030 are conducted. The superintendent may reimburse local school districts for substitute certificated employees to enable members to meet or perform duties on school days. A person is eligible to receive compensation from federal funds in an amount to be determined by personal service contract for groups required by federal law.

[2011 1st sp.s. c 21 § 53.]

Notes:

     *Reviser's note: RCW 28A.150.030 expired September 1, 2011. See RCW 28A.150.203.




28A.300.803
Openly licensed courseware — Identifying and developing library — Reports — Open educational resources account. (Expires June 30, 2018.)

(1)(a) Subject to availability of amounts appropriated for this specific purpose, the superintendent of public instruction shall take the lead in identifying and developing a library of openly licensed courseware aligned with the common core state standards and placed under an attribution license, registered by a nonprofit or for-profit organization with domain expertise in open courseware, that allows others to use, distribute, and create derivative works based upon the digital material, while still allowing the authors or creators to retain the copyright and to receive credit for their efforts.

     (b) During the course of identification and development of a library of openly licensed courseware, the superintendent:

     (i) May contract with third parties for all or part of the development;

     (ii) May adopt or adapt existing high quality openly licensed K-12 courseware aligned with the common core state standards;

     (iii) May consider multiple sources of openly licensed courseware;

     (iv) Must use best efforts to seek additional outside funding by actively partnering with private organizations;

     (v) Must work collaboratively with other states that have adopted the common core state standards and collectively share results; and

     (vi) Must include input from classroom practitioners, including teacher-librarians as defined by RCW
28A.320.240, in the results reported under subsection (2)(d) of this section.

     (2) The superintendent of public instruction must also:

     (a) Advertise to school districts the availability of openly licensed courseware, with an emphasis on the fact that the courseware is available at no cost to the districts;

     (b) Identify an open courseware repository to which openly licensed courseware identified and developed under this section may be submitted, in which openly licensed courseware may be housed, and from which openly licensed courseware may be easily accessed, all at no cost to school districts;

     (c) Provide professional development programs that offer support, guidance, and instruction regarding the creation, use, and continuous improvement of open courseware; and

     (d) Report to the governor and the education committees of the legislature on a biennial basis, beginning December 1, 2013, and ending December 1, 2017, regarding identification and development of a library of openly licensed courseware aligned with the common core state standards and placed under an attribution license, use by school districts of openly licensed courseware, and professional development programs provided.

     (3) School districts may, but are not required to, use any of the openly licensed courseware.

     (4) As used in this section, "courseware" includes the course syllabus, scope and sequence, instructional materials, modules, textbooks, including the teacher's edition, student guides, supplemental materials, formative and summative assessment supports, research articles, research data, laboratory activities, simulations, videos, open-ended inquiry activities, and any other educationally useful materials.

     (5) The open educational resources account is created in the custody of the state treasurer. All receipts from funds collected under this section must be deposited into the account. Expenditures from the account may be used only for the development of openly licensed courseware as described in this section. Only the superintendent of public instruction or the superintendent's designee may authorize expenditures from the account. The account is subject to allotment procedures under chapter 43.88 RCW, but an appropriation is not required for expenditures.

     (6) This section expires June 30, 2018.

[2012 c 178 § 2.]

Notes:

     Finding -- 2012 c 178: "The legislature finds the state's recent adoption of common core K-12 standards provides an opportunity to develop a library of high-quality, openly licensed K-12 courseware that is aligned with these standards. By developing this library of openly licensed courseware and making it available to school districts free of charge, the state and school districts will be able to provide students with curricula and texts while substantially reducing the expenses that districts would otherwise incur in purchasing these materials. In addition, this library of openly licensed courseware will provide districts and students with a broader selection of materials, and materials that are more up-to-date." [2012 c 178 § 1.]