CONTACTS | Washington
Individuals and organizations are already at work to oversee and improve Washington's public education system. Get to know them:

ADVOCACY / RESEARCH

Evergreen Freedom Foundation
EFF is a non-profit public policy research organization dedicated to individual liberty, free enterprise and limited, accountable government.

Partnership for Learning
Partnership for Learning is an independent, nonprofit organization that communicates about Washington state’s school improvement efforts and the need to better prepare all high school graduates for the demands of a global society. The Partnership conducts research and opinion polling and keeps the pulse of K-12 education reform and college and work readiness.

Washington Policy Center
WPC is an independent, non-partisan, research and education organization located in Seattle, Washington, that publishes studies, sponsors events and conferences and educates citizens on public policy issues facing our region.


ACADEMIC / RESEARCH

Center for Education Data and Research (University of Washington)
The CEDR focuses on studying the complex relationships between K-12 education policies and practices, social services geared toward students, and student outcomes.

Center on Reinventing Public Education (University of Washington)
CRPE engages in independent research and policy analysis on a range of K-12 public education reform issues, including choice & charters, finance & productivity, teachers, urban district reform, leadership, and state & federal reform. 


ISSUES

Thrive by Five Washington
Thrive by Five Washington champions positive early learning opportunities for every child, from birth to age five, so that they are ready to succeed in school and thrive in life. Created in 2006 as a public-private partnership, Thrive By Five partners with parents, early learning professionals, communities, philanthropic organizations, businesses and government to develop a sustainable system for statewide early learning improvement — strengthening families and ensuring that all children in Washington experience positive, early learning environments
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Transition Mathematics Project
The Transition Mathematics Project (TMP) is designed to help students successfully progress from high school math to college-level math. With the participation of high school and college math educators, TMP has identified the math skills and knowledge high school graduates need to complete college-level work, meet minimum admission requirements and avoid remediation upon enrolling in college. 

Where's the Math?
Where's the Math? is a non-partisan advocacy group of parents, educators, and community members who are working to ensure that Washington State mathematics education standards, curriculum, and assessments are coherent, academically focused, rigorous and comparable to those of top performing nations in the world.

Washington Council on Economic Education (WCEE)
WCEE's mission is to improve the quality and expand the scope of economic education in the State of Washington. The Center is dedicated to the task of helping people increase their understanding of basic economic concepts and how our American economic system operates so that they can make more intelligent economic choices as consumers, producers and citizen/voters. 


STATE / GOVERNMENT

Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI)
OSPI is the primary agency charged with overseeing K-12 education in Washington state.

Professional Educator Standards Board (PESB)
The Washington State PESB serves as an advisory body to the state Superintendent of Public Instruction on issues related to educator recruitment, hiring, mentoring and support, professional growth, retention, evaluation, and revocation and suspension of licensure. The Board establishes state policies and requirements for the preparation and certification of education professionals.

Quality Education Council
The purpose of the QEC is to develop strategic recommendations for implementation of a new definition of Basic Education that will include its financial support. The QEC was created by the Legislature by Engrossed Substitute House Bill 2261 of 2009. In addition to guiding implementation of the bill, the QEC must also develop strategic recommendations and update those every four years. The council includes a representative from OSPI. The Council is expected to return its first report to the Legislature by January 1, 2010.

Washington State Board of Education
The Board has three overarching goals, to: Improve achievement for all students, improve graduation rates, and improve student preparation for post-secondary education and the 21st century world of work and citizenship.

Washington State Legislature
Find your state representatives and become familiar with the legislative education committees in the house and senate.


SPECIAL INTEREST

Association of Washington School Principals (AWSP)
AWSP is a professional association that supports principals, assistant principals and principals in training in the education of all students. The association includes more than 3,400 members from public and private elementary, middle and high schools statewide.

Public School Employees (PSE)
PSE of Washington state is a labor union dedicated exclusively to representing classified educational support professionals in K-12 public schools and universities. PSE represents 27,000 members in 175 school districts across the state.

Washington Association of School Administrators (WASA)
WASA is a professional association representing education administrators in central office, building management and educational agency positions. WASA is a nonprofit organization, funded by membership dues and association events.

Washington Education Association (WEA)
WEA, the state's largest public employee union, represents 80,000 public school employees. The WEA’s mission is to advance the professional interests of its members to make public education the best it can be for students, staff and communities.

Washington State Parent Teacher Association (WSPTA)
The Washington State PTA is a nonprofit membership association which seeks to bring together the home, school and community on behalf of all children and youth. The board of directors governs the affairs of the State PTA and provides leadership training and education to local PTA units and councils. The Washington State PTA is chartered by and affiliated with the national PTA.

Washington State School Directors Association
WSSDA’s core mission is focused on promoting student learning by ensuring that school board members have the knowledge, tools and services they need to effectively govern their districts and champion public education.