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Public Testimony on #ESSA Accountability Plan on March 15th

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Washington, DC - The DC State Board of Education (SBOE) will hold its monthly public meeting on March 15, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. in the Old Council Chambers at 441 4th Street NW. The State Board will continue its diligent work related to the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

At this meeting, the SBOE needs to hear feedback from District residents on the final accountability plan that will be released in the coming weeks to the public by the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE). Please register here to testify at this month’s SBOE Public meeting about the accountability plan. Each resident will have three minutes to provide their input and recommendations.

Over the last year, the State Board heard impassioned feedback on ESSA, including from more than 300 parents, students, teachers, and community members who attended our community meetings last month in all eight wards. This feedback has been key in helping Board members ensure that this plan is right for our schools. The State Board continues to solicit feedback from important stakeholders. During the SBOE Working Session on March 14, the SBOE will review the proposed final accountability system with the OSSE. DCPS Chancellor Antwan Wilson will also join the SBOE at the March 14 Working Session to discuss with SBOE priorities for public schools in the District.

ESSA implementation begins in the 2017-18 school year. A special SBOE vote on the final plan is scheduled for Wednesday, March 22, 2017. For more information about ESSA, please visit sboe.dc.gov/essa and osse.dc.gov/essa.

Additionally, the State Board will cast three votes at the March 15 public meeting. The State Board votes on a ceremonial resolution protecting and supporting all District students, updating District-wide physical education standards, and on approval of new proposed residency regulations.

The State Board of Education provides policy leadership, support, advocacy, and oversight of public education to ensure that every student is valued and learns the skills and knowledge necessary to become informed, competent, and contributing global citizens. More information about the SBOE can be found at sboe.dc.gov.