The WA ESD alliance is made up of the nine Washington educational service districts, which are regional organizations that provide effective, comprehensive, and economical education programs for all of the state’s children and youth. Alliance members include superintendents, assistant superintendents of instruction, and chief financial officers from each ESD; as well as representatives from the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction.
Seeking to improve coordination of services, the alliance’s work includes:
- Studying effectiveness of collaborations on math, science, English language arts, and early learning services
- Using a new protocol to efficiently reflect on past evaluations of services to analyze and interpret results
- Developing consistent methods of gathering data across the ESDs
- Conducting cycles of inquiry to determine the impact of different ESD services on teacher and student behavior and performance
- Answering questions about programs that require network coordination
A 2014 study analyzed 10 ESD-selected services that support teaching and learning, including the percentages of districts serviced, funding for each service, and ESD perceptions about coordination. The findings are being used to improve coordination of services statewide.