Institutional Education

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Institutional Education

Washington state provides K–12 basic education services to incarcerated and previously incarcerated juveniles. The goal is to provide these students the opportunity to meet the same learning standards that all children in the state are expected to meet. OSPI oversees all nine Educational Service Districts and more than 25 school districts that provide these services to six programs:

  • Residential habilitation centers
  • Long term juvenile institutions
  • Community facilities
  • County detention centers
  • Department of Corrections
  • County and city jails


Children & Families of Incarcerated Parents

Children and Families of Incarcerated Parents Support aims to provide information and technical assistance to parents, families, teachers, school administrators and the public, in order to improve services to those children with parents in prison.

Advisory Committee

The Children and Families of Incarcerated Parents Advisory Committee's task is to gather data related to children of incarcerated parents, identify programs to serve their needs, and eliminate policy (and other) barriers that prevent a child from receiving support.

Structure & Accountability Advisory Group

The Institutional Education Structure and Accountability Advisory Group provides advice, assistance, and information to OSPI and the Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF) for the development of recommendations for a reformed institutional education system.

Institutional Education Funding

Title I, Part D of the Every Student Succeeds Act specifies that federal funds are allocated to state education agencies. Funding for the programs are used to provide services needed to make a successful transition from institutionalization to further schooling, training, or employment; to prevent at-risk youth from dropping out of school; and to provide them with a support system to ensure their continued education. Because institutional education is a part of basic education, the state also provides funding to the programs.

Review the 2020 Institutional Education Funding Model for recommendations including transitioning to a prototypical school funding model and providing funding for special education.

Meetings & Resources

Administrators' Quarterly Meetings

2021–22 Quarterly Meetings

Fall Training

October 7, 2021
Location: Virtual

Winter Training

February 3–4, 2022
Location: Virtual
Host: Deb Drandoff, ESD 112

Spring Training

May 12–13, 2022
Location: TBD
Host: Pending 2022 Student Support Conference

Summer Training

August 4–5, 2022
Location: TBD


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