Washington – State Information

MEA President: Karen Helseth
Advocacy Leadership Force member: Jim Rice
ALF Member Email: jrice@nsd.org

2021 Legislative Session Info- Legislature Website

Legislative Calendar

Convenes: 1/11/2021
Adjourns: 4/25/2021

Meeting virtually and in-person in 2021

Cross-Over Deadline None
Budget Deadline  
Introduction Deadlines 4/25/2021
Governor Jay Inslee (D)
Education Committee Chairs

House: CHAIR: Rep. Sharon Tomiko Santos (D)
VICE CHAIR: Rep. David P. Paul (D)

Senate: CHAIR: Sen. Lisa Wellman (D)
VICE CHAIR: Sen. Claire Wilson (D)

Partisan Split House: D     Senate: D
House Clerk Contact 360-786-7750
Senate Secretary Contact 360-786-7550
Carryover to 2022 Yes

State Board of Education

State Board of Education Website  
State Board of Education Meeting Schedule moves around the state; appears to meet every other month –
State Superintendent Chris Reykdal

ESSA Implementation Information

ESSA State Plan 

Title I Director Jason Miller, Program Superviosr, Title I, Part A
Title IV Director Cara Patrick
360-725-6507, cara.patrick@k12.wa.us
Title IV Website  
Title IV Allocations Not available yet – will be seen here by district:
Application Timeline for Federal Funds July 1


State Certification Information


Certificate Age Levels and Subject Areas

Levels and Length of Certification

Testing Requirements

Teacher Performance Assessment




*Does not account for assessment fee (e.g., Praxis, edTPA, etc.)s

Alternate Path to Licensure

State Certification Website:


General Skills Test

Content/Subject Specific Test

Pedagogical Knowledge


Additional Coursework


More information can be found at:

WA General Music K-12
Choral Music K-12
Instrumental Music K-12
Residency (5-year)
Professional (5-year)
Washington Educator Skills Test (WEST-B), or approved alternative

General: NES exam

Choral and Instrumental: Washington Educator Skills Test (WEST-E)

None EdTPA Yes Possible additional testing and/or coursework $74 residency application
$64 professional application
$54 add endorsement (+$15 for each additional endorsement)
$43 fingerprinting
Yes https://www.pesb.wa.gov/pathways/alternative-routes-to-teacher-certification https://www.k12.wa.us/certification June 2020

COVID-19 Information

K-12 Schools – Fall 2020-2021 Guidance
Decision Tree for K-12 Schools

WMEA COVID Reopening Statement

State officials announced Aug. 6 that they recommend schools in areas with high rates of new COVID-19 cases reopen with full-time distance learning for nearly all students. Schools in areas with moderate rates of virus transmission should consider opening buildings only for elementary students, officials said, and districts in areas with low transmission should begin hybrid instruction for middle and high school students. The state’s education department earlier this summer urged all schools to reopen for some in-person learning, but the persistence of new COVID-19 cases forced a more cautious set of recommendations for local decisions, Gov. Jay Inslee said.

Title IV Success Stories

$3,500 in Title IV-A funds were utilized in Ocean Beach SD to purchase a new piano.

Title IV-A funds were utilized in Edmonds School District to provide professional development for Arts teachers — conference expenses, on-line PD subscriptions, workshop training, etc. As a result, teachers were able to learn new teaching strategies that were applicable to their content area, taught by experts.  A strong focus was on standards-based curriculum implementation, and equity and inclusion.