State law requires state agencies to develop models and guidance to promote parent and family engagement.
Revised Code of Washington 28A.300.130 Center for the improvement of student learning — Educational improvement and research — Clearinghouse for information regarding educational improvement and parental involvement programs — Web site development and maintenance — Reports to the legislature.
(1) To facilitate access to information and materials on educational improvement and research, the superintendent of public instruction, subject to the availability of amounts appropriated for this specific purpose, shall establish the center for the improvement of student learning. The center shall work in conjunction with parents, educational service districts, institutions of higher education, and education, parent, community, and business organizations.
(2) The center, subject to the availability of amounts appropriated for this specific purpose, and in conjunction with other staff in the office of the superintendent of public instruction, shall:
- (a) Serve as a clearinghouse for information regarding successful educational improvement and parental involvement programs in schools and districts, and information about efforts within institutions of higher education in the state to support educational improvement initiatives in Washington schools and districts;
(5) The office of the superintendent of public instruction shall report to the legislature by September 1, 2007, and thereafter biennially, regarding the effectiveness of the center for the improvement of student learning, how the services provided by the center for the improvement of student learning have been used and by whom, and recommendations to improve the accessibility and application of knowledge and information that leads to improved student learning and greater family and community involvement in the public education system.
Revised Code of Washington 28A.300.131 Parental involvement—Measures to evaluate level—Models and practices—Recognition.
There is a sizeable body of research positively supporting the involvement of parents taking an engaged and active role in their child’s education. Therefore, the legislature intends to provide state recognition by the center for the improvement of student learning within the office of the superintendent of public instruction for schools that increase the level of direct parental involvement with their child’s education. By September 1, 2010, the center for the improvement of student learning shall determine measures that can be used to evaluate the level of parental involvement in a school. The center for the improvement of student learning shall collaborate with school district family and community outreach programs and educational service districts to identify and highlight successful models and practices of parent involvement.
Revised Code of Washington 28A.655.140 Technical assistance
(1) In order to increase the availability and quality of technical assistance statewide, the superintendent of public instruction, subject to available funding, may employ school improvement coordinators and school improvement specialists to provide assistance to schools and districts. The improvement specialists shall serve on a rotating basis and shall not be permanent employees.
(2) The types of assistance provided by the improvement coordinators and specialists may include, but need not be limited to:
- (f) Assistance in developing and implementing family and community involvement programs.