K-20 Network in Washington State

The K-20 Educational Network is a high-speed, high-capacity network that connects colleges, universities, K-12 school districts and libraries across Washington state. K-12 schools and educational organizations rely on the K-20 network to run hundreds of data-based applications that support school administration, distance learning and operations.

K-20 Network Fees

Review the 2022-2023 K-20 Network Fees spreadsheet for a list of invoice amounts per school district. These invoices will not change, regardless of bandwidth usage or growth during the school year.

IP Address Assignment

Washington state follows the policies and guidelines outlined by the American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN). ARIN assigns IP address space to the K-20 network based on utilization and need.

Technical Support

Find contact information for your Regional Institutional Technical Units (ITU) and District ITU's.

Bandwidth Requests

OSPI reviews requests for more bandwidth through criteria that justify the additional network capacity:

  • Utilization—what is your router traffic during school hours? See the K-20 Utilization Graphs.
  • What you're doing to manage bandwidth—policy, caching, wifi management etc.
  • What’s on the planning agenda? Are you adding workstations, electronics, additional sites or programs?
  • Any other events that will have an effect on how much bandwidth you need.

Request Process

  1. Regional or District ITU contacts Amanda Rowe at the K-20 Program Office to discuss potential upgrade, justification, estimated timeline, and plans that may already be in place.
  2. Regional or District ITU completes Bandwidth Increase Request Form and emails it to K20 Bandwidth.

Cost Factors

The cost per megabyte is uniform across the state and we don’t bill your district to install greater bandwidth. However, the way we increase bandwidth will vary depending on the your network infrastructure — copper, fiber, fast Ethernet, T1, DS3 — what technical services are available in your area and any contract terms and conditions that might apply.

Broadband for Washington State

OSPI is partnering with the State Broadband Office in an effort to get robust and affordable high-speed broadband for Washington students that do not have sufficient connectivity to support digital learning. .

Case for Broadband

Five Powerful Reasons for Broadband Connectivity Across Washington State:

  1. Students connect with native and foreign language speakers to expand language skills. Language proficiency is the first step to academic enrichment and achievement.
  2. Student data needs the transport capacity of broadband. Current, high quality data informs the way teachers and principals shape educational programming. Learning that meets the needs of all students can mean the difference between a life lost to illiteracy and transience, and a life of equality and high expectations for success.
  3. Off-site special education services and training reach teachers and kids in multiple online formats.
  4. Recruitment and retention of AP instructors and highly qualified math and science teachers becomes possible. Schools eliminate the limits of on-site programs and professional development.
  5. Educational outreach that connects families and community to school life is not bound by immediate proximity. Parents, guardians and community members can take an active role in education.

High-speed broadband connectivity is a way to bring the latest and best instructional and assessment practices to thousands of students who must grow up to compete in a 21st century society.

Online content delivers a multi-modal way to extend the teacher. The immediacy of Web presence possible through video conference, email dialogue and interactive webinar introduces different perspectives on life and culture. These learning experiences achieve relevancy— the struggles, limits and potentials of problem solving in the real world move theory into practice for young learners.

Washington’s progressive move to online testing demands broadband-level connectivity. Powerful online assessments systems return test scores quickly and provide greater diagnostic information about student strengths and weaknesses. Slow, unreliable connectivity at the classroom level prevents this important state initiative from moving forward.

Broadband builds equity into the learning environment. Broadband will make it possible to reach and teach every student. Online learning is fast becoming a fundamental modality for K-12 education but it depends on high-speed connection and enough bandwidth to handle many concurrent users.

In Washington, thousands of students are penalized for where they live. Typically, areas with low population densities, towns located a distance from a major transportation corridor and communities in mountainous and heavily forested terrain are least and last served by the reach and power of broadband. Without this lifeline to a larger world, kids face limits on scholarship, achievement and personal growth.

DNS Cache Servers

DNS cache servers run at all K-20 node sites. We recommend that district staff install one or more DNS cache servers for their local machines and point these cache servers to the K-20 DNS cache servers.

  • Two DNS Resolvers for all K-20 Network Cache Servers
  • We have installed a pair of DNS resolvers at each regional node site.

Each pair uses these IP addresses:

  • ns1.wa-k20.net
  • ns2.wa-k20.net

Please note, these IP addresses are the same at every node.