Washington State’s Ensuring Equitable Access to Excellent Educator Initiative State Plan
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Washington State’s Ensuring Equitable Access to Excellent Educator Initiative State Plan

Too often our students in poverty and of color are taught by inexperienced and out of field (in a teaching assignment that does not match their endorsement) teachers. Recognizing this, in 2014 the U.S. Department of Education directed every state to create a revised equity plan. Called the Ensuring Equitable Access to Excellent Educators Initiative, the directive is designed to move the United States toward the day when every student in every public school is taught by excellent educators.

Washington state’s plan outlines the qualities that define an “excellent educator,” as well as strategies for ensuring that all students have equal access to excellent educators.

The plan was approved by the Department on October 22, 2015.

Washington State’s Ensuring Equitable Access to Excellent Educator State Plan Equity Gap Data:
As required by Section 1111(b)(8(C) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, each state must describe the steps it will take to:

“to ensure that poor and minority children are not taught at higher rates than other children by inexperienced, unqualified or out-of-field teachers, and the measures the state will use to evaluate and publicly report the progress of the state with respect to such steps.”

Equity Gap Data Profiles for each ESD, school district and school are available for your review on the link below. For the 2015–16 school year, school districts must review their equity gap data profiles and indicate in their needs assessment how they plan to target their identified equity gaps.

If you have questions after reviewing your school’s equity gap data, please contact Kaori Strunk, Program Supervisor, OSPI, by email kaori.strunk@k12.wa.us or by phone (360) 725-6365.




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