Every three years, WSASP conducts a 'reevaluation' of the state of school psychology in Washington state. We are the only organization to collect and analyze detailed information about the role of school psychologists in Washington. The information provided supports advocacy efforts at the district, state, and federal levels. Click here to access census results and key takeaways.
For the 2022 Census, over 2,500 pre-established WSASP contacts received a link to complete the survey. 488 recipients completed the survey, a 20% increase from the number of respondents in 2019! More than half of our respondents reported being within their first 10 years of practice. The school psychologist population in Washington continues to be overwhelmingly female (74%) and white (approximately 83%), but this year’s data set has diversified somewhat compared to 2019 results.
Our results reflect a school psychologist role heavily burdened by assessment, report writing, and other clerical tasks that prevent the provision of direct services to children. Census data shows that less than 40% of respondents are actively engaged with data, systems, or practices within a multi-tiered system of supports (MTSS) in their role. Those who are engaged participate most with data processes and least with practice and implementation.