Washington Project

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Our Washington team works with the Office of Native Education at the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction and Tribal education leaders, including Region 16’s Washington Tribal Advisory. Together, we strengthen relationships, identify needs, and enhance resources to better serve Washington’s Native American and Alaska Native students.

The Need

Opportunity gaps continue to impact Native American and Alaska Native students. In 2023, 67.8% of Native students graduated on time, compared to an average across all student groups of 82%. This indicates that Washington’s education systems, at all levels, do not adequately serve Native families and students.

Our Approach

We work closely with ONE to support intentional partnership between the Association of Educational Service Districts (AESD) and OSPI and work with schools on activities including:

  • Supporting the ongoing implementation of Tribal consultation and engagement, government-to-government training, and data collection and identification of American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) students
  • Full implementation of the Since Time Immemorial and Tribally developed Tribal sovereignty and history curriculum
  • Supporting state-Tribal education compact schools (STEC schools) with pilot projects
  • Increasing AI/AN student identification, attendance, retention, and graduation rates
  • Increasing the number of AI/AN educators serving in our K–12 system
  • Increasing access to course opportunities toward graduation (e.g., dual credit, CTE)

The Native American and Alaska Native student total total reflects data recorded in the Comprehensive Education Data and Research System (CEDARS) for the 2022–23 school year. 

Native American and Alaska Native Students

State-Tribal Education Compact Schools

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