2019-20 Teaching and Learning Committees

The Arts & Music

K-5 Music:  Matt Kohlhauff & Ben Dysart

6-12 Music/Band:  Cory Thompson & Christina Thomas

Art:  Jack Wood & Mori Laurich

Human Growth & Development

The 2019 Washington State Operating Budget (ESHB 1109 Section 501 [3] [h]) requires OSPI to convene a workgroup to complete the following tasks related to sexual health education:

  1. Review provisions related to sexual health education in the 2016 Health Education K–12 Learning Standards.
  2. Review existing sexual health education curricula in use in the state for the purpose of identifying gaps or potential inconsistencies with the learning standards.
  3. Consider revisions to sexual health provisions in statute.
  4. Consider the merits and challenges associated with requiring all schools to offer comprehensive sexual health education to students in all grades by September 1, 2022.

The legislation specifies that the workgroup shall consist of the following members:

  • OSPI: The Superintendent or designee
  • Three school district representatives recommended by the Washington State School Directors’ Association, reflecting diversity of student enrollment, geographic location, and urban/suburban/rural locations.
  • Three school principals recommended by an association of Washington school principals, reflecting diversity of student enrollment, geographic location, and urban/suburban/rural locations.
  • Three public school health educators recommended by an association of Washington educators, one each representing K–5, 6–8, 9–12, reflecting diversity of urban/suburban/rural locations.
  • Three public health officials, as least two of whom are local and with expertise in developing or presenting comprehensive SHE materials and resources, as recommended by the Department of Health, and reflecting diversity of urban/suburban/rural locations.
  • Three parents: one with a child enrolled in a public school west of the Cascades and one with a child enrolled in a public school east of the Cascades, as recommended by an association of parents, teachers, and students. The third must be the parent of a child receiving special education services, as recommended by an association of parents, teachers, and students that focuses on the needs of students receiving special education services.

The Sexual Health Education (SHE) Workgroup will meet in August and September and provide a report to the State Board of Education, Department of Health, and the education committees of the Legislature by Dec. 1, 2019.

Deer Park’s curriculum committee will review the report upon release and establish a direction based on guidelines/directives issued by the Sexual Health Education Workgroup.

2016-17 Teaching & Learning Committees

2017-18 Teaching & Learning Committees

2018-19 Teaching & Learning Committees

Curriculum Review Schedule

We have worked to align our review and adoption schedule to match OSPI’s curriculum and standards review timelines, as OSPI periodically conducts formal instructional materials reviews in various subjects as a service to school districts. Washington is not a state-mandated instructional materials adoption state; the cycle by which the state reviews materials is largely dependent on the availability of state resources. Likewise, the district’s review and adoption schedule is always subject to change based on availability of funds.

Using the following link, you can access the last Washington State Learning Standards Development and Revision Cycle document published by OSPI. The results of state-led reviews are meant as resources for school districts undergoing their own local review and/or adoption processes. State law requires school districts to have policies and procedures in place that guide their selection and adoption of instructional materials for use in classrooms.

2019-20

The Arts &
Music (K-12)

2020-21

Career & Technical
Education (7-12)

2021-22

English Language
Arts (K-12)

2022-23

Mathematics (K-12)

2023-24

Science &
Health/PE (K-12)

2024-25

Social Studies &
World Languages (K-12)

Curriculum Review and Adoption Process

Washington State (OSPI) Grade Level Standards and Resources

OSPI’s K-12 Learning Standards website provides quick access to Washington’s adopted learning standards (including dates of adoption). As required by state law (RCW 28A.655.070) OSPI adopts and oversees the development of learning standards. Learning standards in Washington define what all students should know and be able to do at each grade level. The Grade Level Standards & Resources website provides quick access to all content standards with aligned resources to support curriculum development, instructional practices, and assessment of student learning.

Additionally, OSPI’s Learning and Teaching Dept. provides support for schools to ensure engaged and effective teaching and learning for all students in Washington’s schools. The work of the dept. focuses on learning standards development and professional learning, and content support for state assessment systems and K–12 education policies.

In Washington, Common Core State Standards provide the guidance as to what students should know and be able to do in the areas of English Language Arts and Mathematics. In other subjects, Grade Level Expectations (GLEs) provide detail about what students should know and be able to do by grade level. GLEs are aligned from kindergarten through grade 10 – so that parents, students and educators can see how skills and knowledge build from year to year. Grade level expectations have been developed or are under review/revision in each content area.

Elementary Curriculum

  • Reading – Reading Wonders (2012)
  • Math – Eureka (three year pilot approved 2013)
  • Science – FOSS Science Kits (2009)
    • Leadership & Assistance for Science Education Reform (LASER Institute)

Secondary Curriculum

  • ELA – 
    • Approved Novel Spreadsheet
  • Math – 
  • Science –