In an email sent to all Approved Private Schools in WA State on behalf of firstname.lastname@example.org, schools were notified that enrollment reporting will occur in the spring when the application for re-approval is submitted.
This follows a full month of confusion as private schools attempted to follow the stated regulations of submitting the P105B through the OSPI online portal in the month of October. Both WFIS and the private school’s team at the State Board of Education became aware of the dysfunctional online EDS portal following many calls and emails from schools struggling to provide their content.
The transition of private school oversight became official last January following a request by Superintendent Reykdal for OSPI to not be responsible for private schools without additional funding. WFIS, OSPI and the SBE communicated about the needs for a smooth transition with great concern expressed over the loss of knowledge and support in the simultaneous wake of Laura Moore’s retirement.
The EDS (Educational Data System) will no longer be used by private schools for submitting any data to the state. This comes as great news to the majority, as the OSPI log-in protocol frequently did not mesh with the structure of oversight in place for a private school resulting in superintendents being unable to submit the required data.
Enrollment Reporting Will Launch With Private School Application In Spring 2020
Enrollment reporting for October 1, 2019, will be collected as part of the private school application process in Spring 2020. Projected enrollment for 2020-2021 will also be collected during that application process. Private schools will not access the P105B in EDS. Please hold on to your October 1 enrollment data until the upcoming application process.
The same October 1 enrollment data and October 1 low income data will also need to be entered into the Private Participation in Federal Programs application in the Spring of 2020, as there will no longer be a connection to the P105B in the Educational Data System
We apologize for the confusion as these systems transition among the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction and the State Board of Education.