Auditory Screening Standards for Washington Schools

The Washington State Board of Health (Board) sets the standards for auditory and visual screening of children attending schools in Washington (chapter 246-760 WAC). These standards aim to screen and identify students who experience hearing or vision impairments and refer them for diagnostic evaluation and care by an appropriate healthcare provider.  

On October 18, 2023, the Board filed a CR-101, Preproposal Statement of Inquiry. The filing is in response to a petition for rulemaking to include otoacoustic emission (OAE) screening technology in the Boards auditory screening standards for schools.  

The CR-101 announces to the public that the Board is considering revisions to the auditory screening sections of the rule and assessing options regarding whether to include OAE screening technology. The Board may consider technical or editorial changes as needed.  

If you would like to receive information about this rulemaking project, please subscribe to the School Auditory Screening Rule email list.    

Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.210.020
Board Contact: Molly Dinardo:, 564-669-3455