Bias and Sensitivity Review of the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts and Mathematics: Implementation Recommendations Report.
Under current Washington State law (RCW 28A.655.070), the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) has the responsibility to develop and maintain Washington’s academic learning standards consistent with the goals outlined in the Basic Education Act, RCW 28A.150.210. This includes periodic review and possible revision of the standards. During the 2010 legislative session, the Superintendent of Public Instruction was given the authority to adopt the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) on a provisional basis by August 2, 2010. While Superintendent Dorn did so in July 2010, the Legislature prohibited formal adoption and implementation activities until after the 2011 Legislative Session in which they would have an opportunity to review a report submitted by OSPI summarizing more detailed implementation plans, timelines, and costs to the state for implementation. . . .
A key component within OSPI’s past process to finalize standards has been to convene a committee of Washington educators to review draft standards for any apparent bias. A similar process has been facilitated related to state assessment development and reviews of instructional materials at the state level. Following the 2011 Legislative Session, prior to making the decision to formally adopt the CCSS decision, and in order to inform key components of implementation supports at the onset of implementation, OSPI engaged a statewide bias and sensitivity committee to review the standards and offer recommendations on implementing the standards in a bias-free and culturally sensitive manner.
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