Administrative Services

The purpose of Administrative Services is to assist in the areas of school administration The Northwest Educational Service District employs a talented staff of professionals to support our 35 public school districts and several private schools in Island, San Juan, Skagit, Snohomish, and Whatcom counties:

Accreditation for School Districts

The accreditation process supports a long-term vision for a performance-based education system that aligns accreditation requirements to the continuous improvement of student learning, achievement, and growth. The process provides for collaboration and deep reflection by the school community, for external review and validation of the school improvement plan, and the process that led to its development. It also provides a statement of accountability to the public. Accreditation status is granted for a period of six years if approved.

Clock Hours for District Provided In-Service

Northwest Educational Service District 189 (NWESD) is a Professional Educator Standards Board-approved provider for Washington State clock hours. Continuing education for the educational community is vital to success in the classroom and the NWESD is here to make it as seamless as possible. Clock Hour Services provides transcripts, evaluations, and official Washington state educator clock hour documentation for individuals and course providers. 


The NWESD Communications Department provides numerous resources for Public Information Officers, and other district staff responsible for communications within their district. Our Communications Specialist can offer assistance with a variety of communications channels.

Construction Management

The NWESD partners with the ESD112 Construction Services Group (CSG) to provide the following services to school districts: Project Management, Constructions Management, Constructability Reviews, and Building Commissioning.


NWESD provides fingerprinting services using digital technology.  This creates high-quality prints that are transmitted directly to the Washington State Patrol. After additional review by the FBI, fingerprint records are held by the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) in Olympia.

Professional Learning

The NWESD offers a wide range of high-quality Professional Learning opportunities for educators, administrators, and educational support staff.  If you have any questions about the courses you see listed, please contact the course facilitator directly or call (360) 299-4043.

Public Records Request 

Email, write or fax asking for the records you would like to receive. All requests must be in writing. If you are unable to write, please contact us by telephone or in person and we will assist you with this task.

Superintendents' Advisory Committee

Surplus Disposal

From time to time, NWESD has surplus equipment which is offered for sale or relocation on a "FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED" basis. Notice is provided via publication in a newspaper of general circulation within the NWESD region and/or electronic email to those requesting such notice. 

Traffic Safety Education

Snohomish School District offers a Traffic Safety Education Program administered by Northwest Educational Service District (NWESD). The program complies with all standards established by RCW 28A-220 and WAC 392-153.


Transportation's primary goal is to assure the safe transportation of all students. Support for Student Transportation is provided by the Regional Transportation Coordinator (RTC) program free of charge to all thirty-five school districts in NWESD. We serve as a liaison between OSPI and districts. 




The Northwest Educational Service District 189 is committed to providing access to all individuals, with or without disabilities, seeking information on our website. Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act requires that all individuals with disabilities have access to and use of information and data, comparable to that provided to individuals without disabilities unless an undue burden would be imposed on us. Throughout this website, we make use of different third-party websites, PDFs, and applications to provide information about our agency and to connect our staff and visitors to various educational resources and services. Some of these PDFs, applications, and sites are not controlled by the NWESD. 

Please contact us at 360-299-4000 or if because of a disability you are unable to access content on the NWESD’s website, have questions about the accessibility of content or technology used by the NWESD, and/or would like to report barriers to accessing any information on this website. Or if you use assistive technology (such as a screen reader, eye tracking device, voice recognition software, etc.) and have difficulty accessing information on our website, please contact us and provide the URL of the material you tried to access, the problem you experienced, and your contact information. We will contact you and attempt to provide the information you are seeking.

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