At their October board meeting finalizing private school approvals for the 2023-24 academic year, the State Board of Education fully approved seven schools, provisionally approved four schools, and extended provisional approval for six schools that were granted provisional approval in June.

The Board approved proposed revised rules to implement recent legislation, SB 5515, concerning residential private schools, and SB 5315, concerning schools authorized to provide special education services. In addition, the proposed rules clarify definitions concerning teacher certification** requirements and administrative procedures. A hearing will be held in January 2024, and the Board will consider the adoption of final rules at the February 2024 Board meeting.

**A clarification in certification requirements: The one required WA state-certificated teacher/admin at each school cannot be certified with a “limited certificate.”