Washington School Counselor Association



Instructions: Providing OSPI with Feedback on the Current ESSA Draft




In the Information About ESSA for WA School Counselors document, WSCA’s ESSA Workgroup has outlined the 6 sections which pertain the most to the work of school counselors.  For each section, the ESSA draft language is highlighted in yellow.  Directly following the actual ESSA plan language is additional information, drafted by the WSCA ESSA workgroup, which may be helpful in crafting your feedback on each section.


The why:  Washington’s current plan for meeting the new federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) is largely missing something critical to student success: school counselors!  IF we (school counselors) want to be an integral part of the solution to reducing the achievement gap and increasing student growth and achievement, WE MUST SPEAK UP NOW!  


The goal: through YOUR feedback on this survey, we will help OSPI staff understand how school counselors/school counseling are critical to the success of our state’s goals to maximize student growth and achievement.  


The process: read each section of the Information About ESSA for WA School Counselors document and determine what, if any, specific feedback you have (for each section) about how school counselors should be included in that section of Washington’s ESSA plan.

(Note: section 2 is informational only; no feedback needed)


Website Link: Information About ESSA for WA School Counselors (Companion Document to ESSA Summary Document)

Website Link: ESSA Summary Document - http://www.k12.wa.us/ESEA/ESSA/pubdocs/WashingtonDraftESSAConsolidatedPlanSummary.pdf

The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction is closing public comment as of February 15th, 2017 to revise the current draft.


The plan, required as part of the federal Every Student Succeeds Act, will be submitted to the U.S. Department of Education on September 18, 2017.


OSPI will conduct a second comment period later this spring.
Reykdal delayed the submission of the plan to allow more time for public comment and to ensure that the plan fully and deeply addressed equity issues.
The plan addresses opportunity gaps in the education system, and works to promote equitable access and opportunity for all Washington students
WSCA will let it's members know when the second commenting period opens up later this spring, 2017.


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