Agencies and Committees

WFIS represents the interests of private schools on agency boards and working groups and serves as the official liaison organization for independent schools with OSPI and the Department of Early Learning.

WFIS Agency and Committee News


Congratulations new PEAB reps!

Much appreciation to our newly assigned Professional Education Advisory Board representatives for volunteering their time as on behalf of the WA private school community:

Early Learning Advisory Council (ELAC) meeting

In September, WFIS appointed Chelle Downey-Magee to serve on the Early Learning Advisory Council.  Chelle comes to the council with more than 25 years experience in early learning as a teacher, director and credentialed administrator from the American Montessori...

WA State ESSA Ombuds to be announced in January

On Tuesday October 4, private school leaders met formally for a second time with Gil Mendoza from the OSPI to talk about specifics for the ombuds position required by the newly reauthorized ESSA. The ombuds will officially start at the beginning of the 2017-2018...

National Private School Leadership Conference ONPE 2016

The ESSA mission at the Federal Level is to foster maximum participation of non-public school students and teachers in Federal education programs and initiatives. As implementation of the new ombudsman role begins to take shape, private school educators from across...

Early Learning update: ECEAP, teacher compensation, DEL budget ask

This summer WFIS met with early education leaders, advocacy organizations, legislators and school leadership to discover priorities for early learning advocacy. As WFIS develops its advocacy agenda for this year, here are a couple of early learning issues WFIS is analyzing

Private School Advisory Committee

The Private School Advisory Committee (PSAC), made up of Principals and Superintendents from diverse types of private schools, advises OSPI on issues that affect private schools.  PSAC met on April 26 with leadership from OSPI, the State Board of Education (SBE) and...

WA State ESSA Implementation

On Wednesday August 10, WFIS and private school constituency group leaders met with State Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn and his staff to discuss the implementation of the ESSA, specifically in regard to the Ombudsman role and selection process, to...

Interim Workgroups

Several laws passed at the closing of the 2016 Legislative Session require DEL and OSPI to establish interim workgroups for successful implementation of new regulations. WFIS is participating in many of these workgroups on behalf of private schools.

Department of Early Learning ELAC Update

The Early Learning Advisory Committee (ELAC) is a Department of Early Learning agency committee that meets six times a year and is comprised of early learning stakeholders including teachers, advocacy organizations, DEL staff, and Legislators.  Some of the topics on...

About our work


WFIS representatives work with State Agencies, including the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI), The Department of Early Learning (DEL), The Department of Health and others to advocate for the particular needs of private schools.

WFIS representatives at OSPI, DEL and on the State Board of Education communicate regularly with WFIS to help guide and change policy to reflect private school needs.

WFIS works directly with the executive directors of the accreditation organizations in Washington to protect the integrity of accreditation and our schools.   We call these leaders “Constituency Leaders” and rely on their in depth understanding of their schools to guide WFIS’ policy decisions.

WFIS is in Olympia during the legislative session, building relationships with Legislators and their staff, collaborating with lobbying organizations with similar goals, as well as reading and contributing to legislation to be sure private schools are considered when law is crafted and when it is passed.