Celebratory confetti spilled out of a cup.
Celebratory confetti spilled out of a cup.

OLYMPIA — March 17, 2021 The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) and the Washington State Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF) are pleased to join together for a second convening to celebrate the 45th anniversary of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

Virtual Celebration

Join OSPI and DCYF on Monday, March 22, from 3–4:30 p.m. for a virtual celebration of Washington state’s journey over the past 45 years of providing education, resources, supports, and services to infants, toddlers, children, and youth with disabilities and their families.

Register online for the virtual celebration.

This celebration will feature two…


On March 25, 2021, OSPI submitted a proposal to the U.S. Department of Education to reduce the number of students who take state tests this spring, as well as the number of hours spent on those tests. Below is State Superintendent Chris Reykdal’s statement.

OLYMPIA — April 14, 2021 — After submitting accountability and state assessment waiver applications to the U.S. Department of Education (Department) in March, it is clear that the needs of the students of the State of Washington cannot be achieved through the current design of the Department’s waiver process. …


A student wearing a mask works at a school desk.
A student wearing a mask works at a school desk.

OLYMPIA — April 8, 2021 — On March 25, the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) submitted a request to the U.S. Department of Education (Department) to waive some statewide assessment requirements for the 2020–21 school year.

To preserve valuable in-person instructional time for students and educators while providing the state with accurate and meaningful data about student progress, OSPI proposed to test a statistically representative sample of students this spring. The proposal is supported by Governor Inslee, as well as the associations representing our state’s principals, superintendents, school board directors, and teachers.

Since submitting the waiver request, OSPI…


Below is State Superintendent Chris Reykdal’s statement in response to Tuesday’s shootings at Asian-owned spas in the Atlanta area that killed eight people, most of them of Asian descent.

OLYMPIA — March 17, 2021 — Last night’s attack was senseless, terrifying, and, at its core, a hate crime. Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, our nation, including our state, has experienced a dramatic increase in crimes targeting Asian Americans. We also continue to see an increase in anti-Semitic as well as anti-immigrant violence and harassment.

These trends are disturbing and, while we want to believe they don’t reflect who…


The Summer Food Service Program helps children receive nutritious meals during the summer months.

OLYMPIA — March 17, 2021 — The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) is seeking sponsors for the 2021 Summer Food Service Program (SFSP). Summer meal sites serve children and youth age 18 and under meals at no cost in a safe environment. The meals are also available to persons over age 18 with mental or physical disabilities. Sites may be located in a variety of settings including schools, parks, community centers, libraries, churches, and more.

Recently, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced an extension of waivers that increase access for more children and make it easier and…


Today, the Biden Administration announced their plan to vaccinate K–12 school employees as quickly as possible — with the goal of all employees vaccinated by the end of the month. Below is Superintendent Reykdal’s statement.

Superintendent Reykdal

OLYMPIA–March 2, 2021–Today, President Biden announced that he expects all K–12 school employees to receive at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine by the end of March.

Currently, about 36% of Washington students are receiving some or all of their learning in-person. We expect this priority on vaccinations for school employees will speed up the timeline for many districts who are working to begin or expand in-person learning.

We continue to work with Kaiser Permanente and we are pleased our ‘Get Ready’ plan will be ready to move forward. Local partnerships in other areas of the state have already…


Allison Greenberg is a K-5 STEM Specialist at Woodside Elementary in Everett Public Schools

PAEMST Spotlight, Allison Greenberg, K-5 STEM Specialist, Woodside Elementary, Everett Public Schools
PAEMST Spotlight, Allison Greenberg, K-5 STEM Specialist, Woodside Elementary, Everett Public Schools

This week we’re spotlighting Washington’s Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching (PAEMST) finalists, who will go on to be considered for the national award. Check out the rest of our PAEMST Spotlight interview series here.

As an elementary teacher, how do you integrate science into other subjects?

Since making sense of real-world science in our everyday lives requires the application of math skills, reading, writing and communication, I integrate those same skills into my STEM lessons. Students practice gathering and analyzing their measurement data from science investigations and engineering design challenges to make written and/or verbal claims about their findings. …


Tina Nicpan Brown teaches Fifth Grade at Lincoln Elementary in the Wenatchee School District

PAEMST Spotlight: Tina Nicpan Brown, 5th Grade Teacher, Lincoln Elementary, Wenatchee School District
PAEMST Spotlight: Tina Nicpan Brown, 5th Grade Teacher, Lincoln Elementary, Wenatchee School District

This week we’re spotlighting Washington’s Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching (PAEMST) finalists, who will go on to be considered for the national award. Check out the rest of our PAEMST Spotlight interview series here.

As an elementary teacher, how do you integrate science into other subjects?

I am passionate about making Science my focus in all lessons. My instructional design begins with a Science standard and then I begin incorporating Reading, Writing, Math and Social Studies standards. My third instructional layer is to incorporate engineering, art, technology and inclusionary practices. By looking at my instructional designs in layers, I am better able to tap into individual student curiosities…


Julie Fry teaches 1st Grade at Roosevelt Elementary in the Yakima School District

PAEMST Spotlight: Julie Fry, First Grade Teacher, Roosevelt Elementary, Yakima School District
PAEMST Spotlight: Julie Fry, First Grade Teacher, Roosevelt Elementary, Yakima School District

This week we’re spotlighting Washington’s Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching (PAEMST) finalists, who will go on to be considered for the national award. Check out the rest of our PAEMST Spotlight interview series here.

As an elementary teacher, how do you integrate science into other subjects?

I integrate the NGSS in all other core subjects by making intentional connections through reading, writing, listening and speaking. I integrate math into our science learning when we need to collect or present any kind of data.

What has surprised you about teaching during a pandemic?

A surprising thing to me about teaching during this pandemic has been witnessing first-hand the amount of inequity that exists between my students’ learning pathways.

Is there a distance learning lesson that you are particularly proud of?


2020 Washington PAEMST Finalists Tina Nicpan Brown, Wenatchee, Julie Fry, Yakima, and Allison Greenberg, Everett
2020 Washington PAEMST Finalists Tina Nicpan Brown, Wenatchee, Julie Fry, Yakima, and Allison Greenberg, Everett
Washington PAEMST Finalists Tina Nicpan Brown, Julie Fry, and Allison Greenberg

OLYMPIA — February 17, 2021 — Three elementary science teachers in Washington have been selected as state-level finalists for the 2020 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST), the highest honor bestowed on science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM), and computer science teachers.

“We are living through a once-in-a-century global event that will inform how we engage with science for generations,” said Superintendent of Public Instruction Chris Reykdal. “Our schools are shaping the vaccine researchers and public health experts of tomorrow, and it is thrilling to see teachers like Julie, Allison, and Tina embrace this moment.”

The state-level…

The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Led by Supt. Chris Reykdal, OSPI is the primary agency charged with overseeing K–12 education in Washington state.

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