Working to transform the child welfare system.

HB 2711: Increasing equitable educational outcomes for foster care and homeless children and youth from prekindergarten to postsecondary education

An equitable opportunity for education shall be provided to all youth impacted by the foster care system, homelessness, or both. The legislature intends to meet the goal of educational parity these by 2027, meaning that these students shall have the same education achievement outcomes as their general student population peers from prekindergarten through postsecondary education.

The Project Education Impact Work Group shall be convened with members from OSPI, DCYF, OHY, and the Student Achievement Council, must convene. The work group must include aligned nongovernmental agencies and a statewide nonprofit coalition that is representative of communities of color and people living in low-income communities.

Requirements for the compositions of this work group and their annual reports are outlined, including:

Kindergarten readiness, early grade reading and math, 8th and 9th grade students on track to graduate, high school completion, postsecondary enrollment, and postsecondary completion; and school attendance, school mobility, special education status, and school discipline.

All data must be disaggregated by race and ethnicity.

Amendment: 

Requires the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, in collaboration with specified state agencies, to convene a temporary task force to develop and implement a plan for achieving parity in education outcomes and eliminating racial and ethnic gaps for students in foster care, experiencing homelessness, or both.

Prescribes actions for the task force, including reviewing the education outcomes of students in foster care, experiencing homelessness, or both, and preparing reports that summarize the progress the state has made toward achieving related goals.

Modifies provisions governing a biannual report for specified education outcome programs.

Removes an expired reporting requirement regarding specific efforts to promote educational stability and improve education outcomes for children in foster care.