OSPI Reports to the Legislature

The State Legislature assigns work to OSPI through legislation. Sometimes, the assigned work concludes in a report back to the Legislature describing what OSPI has done, data collected, next steps, and at times, recommendations.

Reports going back to 2020 are included below. If the report title says "Update," it means the Legislature requires OSPI to submit more than one report on the topic.


The High School Graduation Plan (HSBP) is a graduation requirement and a critical component of supporting students' career development throughout their secondary education experience. The Legislature has revised and strengthened HSBP requirements to include the implementation of a universal online HSBP platform that can be readily accessed by students, families, teachers, and others who support students' academic and career development. The Legislature requires the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) to facilitate the transition of the HSBP to a universal online platform. This is the first of three reports to the Legislature.

Authorizing legislation: RCW 28A.230.215

In 2014, the Washington State Legislature passed Senate Bill 6074, which aims to improve educational outcomes for children and youth experiencing homelessness by bolstering student homelessness identification and establishing further data reporting requirements. RCW 28A.300.540 requires the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) to report this data every other year.

Authorizing legislation: RCW 28A.300.540

The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) is required by RCW 28A.250.040 to report annually on online learning. In the 2022–23 school year, more students accessed online courses and more schools and districts used online courses. There was a small reduction in the overall number of online courses.

Authorizing legislation: RCW 28A.250.040

The Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) annually submits a report outlining the method used in determining the coefficients for each site characteristic used to establish the transportation allocation for the following year. The Student Transportation Allocation Reporting System (STARS) will determine the 2024–25 school year allocation. The 2024–25 regression analysis will use data elements from spring 2024, fall 2024, and winter 2025 reporting periods.

Authorizing legislation: RCW 28A.160.180

Every year on January 16, Washington public schools participate in Temperance and Good Citizenship Day. On this day, Washington social studies teachers must provide instructional time for high school seniors to register to vote. In January 2024, 2,631 young adults were registered in total. This report includes OSPI's recommendations to continue increasing youth voter registration. 

Authorizing legislation: RCW 28A.230.150

Multilingual learners (MLs) are students whose primary language is not English and are eligible for English language development services through the Transitional Bilingual Instruction Program (TBIP). Eligible MLs receive TBIP services until they become proficient in English. During the 2022–23 school year, 149,357 students were identified as multilingual learners.

Authorizing legislation: RCW 28A.180.020

State law requires the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) to annually report to the Legislature the number of incidents in violation of RCW 9.41.280, which involves the possession of weapons on school premises, transportation systems, or in areas of facilities while being used exclusively by public or private schools. In the 2022–23 school year, 2,275 incidents involving the possession of a weapon were reported by Washington’s public and private schools.

Authorizing legislation: RCW 28A.320.130