Our Educational Service Districts

Nine ESDs – One Goal

Each of Washington’s nine Educational Service Districts (ESDs) provides essential local services, responsive to their region’s communities.

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Washington ESDs serve

  • 1 million+ ​students
  • 295 School Districts
  • 700+ Private Schools
  • 16 Public Charter Schools
  • 7 State Tribal Education Compact Schools (STECs)
  • 2 State Schools
ESD Regions Map
Northwest ESD 189 Olympic ED 114 Capital Region 113 ESD 112 Puget Sound ESD 121 North Central ESD 171 ESD 105 ESD 112 Northeast ESD 101 ESD 123

Northwest ESD 189

  • 35 School Districts
  • 1 tribal compact school
  • 1 public charter school
  • Superintendent: Larry Francois

Olympic ED 114

  • 15 School Districts
  • 2 tribal compact schools
  • 1 public charter school
  • Superintendent: Greg Lynch

Capital Region 113

  • 44 School Districts
  • tribal compact school
  • Superintendent: Dr. Dana Anderson

ESD 112

  • 30 School Districts
  • Superintendent: Tim Merlino

Puget Sound ESD 121

  • 35 School Districts
  • 2 tribal compact school
  • public charter schools
  • Superintendent: John Welch

North Central ESD 171

  • 29 School Districts
  • public charter school
  • Superindent: Dr. Michelle Price

ESD 105

  • 25 School Districts
  • tribal compact school
  • Superintendent: Kevin Chase

ESD 112

  • 30 School Districts
  • 2 State Schools
  • Superintendent: Tim Merlino

Northeast ESD 101

  • 59 School Districts
  • public charter schools
  • Superintendent: Dr. Michael Dunn

ESD 123

  • 23 School Districts
  • Superintendent: Darcy Weisner

About Educational Service Districts

In 1969, Educational Service Districts (ESDs) were formed when individual County Superintendent of School offices were consolidated and reorganized to reduce duplication, equalize educational opportunities, and provide a more effective reporting and accountability system to the state legislature.

ESDs link local public and private schools with one another and with state and national resources. ESD Cooperatives and programs enhance educational opportunities because they realize significant savings, allowing districts to send more dollars directly to the classroom and provide special services that might otherwise be unavailable to their regions.

As you can see, ESDs play a crucial role in addressing the challenges in our public schools. Geographically closer to local schools and their district offices, the ESDs serve as regional liaisons between the State Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI), State Board of Education, and the Legislature.

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The ESD Return on Investment

As ESDs reach their fifth decade of service, the scope and nature of linking and service responsibilities reflect the change facing our public schools today. In a time of increased public accountability, of both student performance and management of public resources, ESDs in Washington are “the” model of efficiency and leverage. The nine ESDs leveraged $5.1 million of state allocated core funding into $251 million of needed services for students and schools in Washington. Stated another way, for every $1 in core funding, ESDs returned $49 in educational programs and services – $230 for every student in the state.

AESD Core Funding

As our state’s citizens demand higher standards and ever increasing demands on educational programs, the ESDs of Washington state will continue to provide critical services such as teacher and staff training, networking and technology integration, and direct services for students with special needs and early childhood education. We will continue to create new opportunities, leverage more resources, and facilitate broad support for the benefit of all students and their families in Washington State.

Washington ESDs serve:

  • 1 million+ ​students
  • 65,000+ K-12 educators
  • 295 School Districts
  • 2,393 Public Schools
  • 792 Private Schools
  • 16 Public Charter Schools
  • 7 State Tribal Education Compact Schools (STECs)
  • 2 State Schools

ESD 101 - NorthEast Washington

4202 S. Regal
Spokane, 99223-7738
tel: 509.789.3800

New ESD 101

ESD 105

33 S. 2nd Ave.
Yakima, 98902-3486
tel: 509.575.2885

ESD 105

ESD 112

2500 N.E. 65th Ave.
Vancouver, 98661-6812
tel: 360.750.7503

ESD 112

ESD 113 - Capital Region

6005 Tyee Drive SW
Tumwater, 98512
tel: 360.464.6700

ESD 113

ESD 114 - Olympic

105 National Ave. N.
Bremerton, 98312
tel: 360.405.5801

ESD 114 - Olympic

ESD 121 - Puget Sound

800 Oakesdale Ave. SW
Renton, 98057
tel: 800.664.4549

Puget Sound ESD

ESD 123

3918 W. Court St.
Pasco, 99301
tel: 509.547.8441

ESD 123

ESD 171 - North Central

430 Old Station Road
Wenatchee, 98801
tel: 509.665.2610

North Central ESD 171

ESD 189 - Northwest

1601 R Avenue
Anacortes, 98221
tel: 360.299.4000

Northwest ESD 189

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Washington State’s ESD History


Legislature passed Interlocal Cooperative Act permitting local government units to cooperate.


Legislature passed Interlocal Cooperative Act permitting local government units to cooperate.


Legislature passed Intermediate School District Act of 1969. State Board created 141SDS.


Major cooperatives for firms and teaching materials operated in the regional offices.


Legislature amended ISD Act (EHB 86) to study funding and emphasized ISDs cooperative programming role to meet local needs.


The State Board of Education reduced the number of ISDs from 14 to 12 and continued funding study.


Legislature changed ISDs’ primary focus from regulatory to support service County funding reduced.


Name was changed from Intermediate School Districts to Educational Service Districts (ESDs).


The State Board of Education reduced the number of ESDs from 12 to the present nine. Board members could be elected by school board members.


ESD cooperative purchasing programs authorized.


Legislature authorized ESDs to provide direct student service programs (i.e. special education) to local districts.


First LBC study of ESDs found they met statutory intent and school support roles, with strengths in providing cooperative and fiscal assistance.


Legislature changed ESD funding formula in light of Doran Decision (Basic Education) with state mandated formula.


Regional Committees on School District Organizations reorganized under ESDs.


Legislature allowed ESDs to provide district services and receive direct state apportionments for pupil transportation and special education.


ESD “Core Services” defined for biennial budget purposes.


ESD self-insurance pooling authority expanded to liability/risk insurance cooperatives.


The “Powers Bill” passed the legislature allowing ESDs similar authority as local school districts to provide services not in conflict with state law.


Second LBC study of ESDs endorsed their value and support to local districts in providing needed services and saving money.


ESDs signed an Interlocal Agreement to enable the nine ESDs in the State of Washington to work together.


Washington State Educational Service District Self Study by Marcua Fromhold completed; Audit of Washington State ESDs.


ESD Performance Audit


Regional Delivery Program Proposal


AESD & OSPI Network 2.0; AESD & OSPI ED Network Integration


Washington State ESDs sign an Interlocal Agreement to clarify the manner in which the nine ESDs in the State of Washington will work together as an ESD Network.