About Washington

About Washington

Washington has an Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, a State Board of Education, and a State Superintendent. The Board consists of 16 members with 7 appointed and 5 elected to 4-year terms.

Education law and structure

Education law and structure

  • State Board Members: 16 Members; Appointed & Elected; 4-year term

  • Education Authorities: Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI); State Board; State Superintendent

Education Leadership

Education leadership

  • State Governor: Jay Inslee

  • State Superintendent of Public Instruction: Chris Reykdal

  • Local school board members: The easiest way to contact your local school board members is to use an online search tool like XQ or simply look up your school district’s website online. There will almost always be a section of the district website listing the names and contact information of your local school board members. If their contact information is not listed, call your school’s office to request that information.

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Education Stats And Facts

  • School Choice Week reports that most children in Washington attend public school. Washington has limited open enrollment between school districts, which would allow families to attend schools outside of their assigned district. If families wish to make a transfer between school districts, they will have to check with their district to see if it is an option. Washington also offers 14 “Skill Centers” that give career training to high schoolers across several districts. Additionally, Washington has charter and magnet schools, which may have a specialized curriculum, such as a STEM or literacy-based program.

    Other Washington school options include private schools, which may provide religious education or a curriculum for children with learning accommodations. Washington does not have any state-run scholarships to help with private school tuition, but there may be private scholarships available. Washington families may also choose to homeschool their children, where it is required to notify the state.




Here we’ve collected links to additional resources so you can become better acquainted with your state system.