Strong leadership by and among school board directors and WSSDA overall is essential to ensure our students’ success, and is required to maintain our role as engaged stakeholders in determining the future of education in Washington.
Tribal Partnerships (Government-to-Government Relations) –
In 2005, the Washington State Legislature approved landmark legislation (SHB 1495) aimed at ensuring all students in our public schools have a deeper understanding of the history and culture of Native American Tribes in the Pacific Northwest. This legislation gave WSSDA a leadership role between 2006 and 2012 in strengthening and supporting government-to-government relations between local school districts and neighboring Tribal nations, and encouraging implementation of the Since Time Immemorial Tribal Sovereignty Curriculum. In 2015, the Legislature built upon the foundation of SHB 1495 by adopting SB 5433 that requires each Washington school district to engage local Tribes as partners in the review and updating of social studies curricular materials, including the use of the Since Time Immemorial Tribal Sovereignty Curriculum across the state.
State Board of Education (SBE)
The SBE provides advocacy and strategic oversight of public education; implements a standards-based accountability system to improve student academic achievement; provides leadership in the creation of a system that personalizes education for each student and respects diverse cultures, abilities, and learning styles; and promote achievement of the Basic Education Act goals of RCW 28A.150.210. Members of Washington state public school boards of directors vote to fill SBE’s five elected positions. Two elected members must be from eastern Washington and three from western Washington. See also, SBE legislative priorities and updates.
Educational Data Resource Center (ERDC)
Washington’s Education Research & Data Center (ERDC) compiles data about students as they move through school to the workforce. It transforms this data into insights that inform the decision-making of legislators, parents and education providers. As the home for the state’s trusted longitudinal data system, ERDC works with partner agencies to develop powerful analyses of learning that can improve student outcomes. See also, ERDC’s High School Feedback Reports are great resources for school district leaders to use to inform to establish goals and priorities.