Performance audit addressed how well state agencies have implemented the Regulatory Fairness Act
This new audit, the fourth report (pdf, 1.2 mb) in a series exploring aspects of regulatory reform, offered suggestions to help agencies meet the requirements of the Regulatory Fairness Act, a law designed to help mitigate any disproportionate costs of regulation on small businesses. We also identified materials (listed below) that can help agencies meet all the Act's requirements. Read the two-page summary (pdf, 198 kb).
Recent performance audit examined outcomes of students in
career and technical education
This performance audit asked what Washington's data could tell us about the characteristics of high school students who participated in CTE courses and those who did not, and their achievements after graduation. By following graduates' post-secondary paths, we found that by 2015, CTE students graduating in 2012 or 2013 were more likely to be enrolled in community or technical college, entered into an apprenticeship or employed, than non-CTE students. Further, among graduates who did not enter higher education, CTE students were significantly more likely to achieve in terms of employment and apprenticeships. However, the data we reviewed is subject to restrictions on how and by whom it may be used. Our recommendations suggest ways the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction and the Education Research and Data Center can work together to help school districts apply for and use the data. Read the report (pdf, 740 kb). Read the two-page summary (pdf, 90 kb). View earlier work around workforce development.
Performance audits work to improve service to the public
We provide the public and state leaders with independent, objective evaluations of the effectiveness, economy and efficiency of public services, at both the state and the local level. We publish a report setting out the actions agencies take to implement our recommendations.