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School Accountability

The State Board of Education is responsible for approving the District of Columbia’s statewide accountability plan. That plan, which is required by federal law, promotes transparency and provides important information for parents, policymakers, and education stakeholders.

LEA School Report Cards

The State Board is responsible for approving the criteria for local education agency (LEA) school report cards. These report cards, which will provide information about school performance, environment, and other relevant characteristics, are required by the federal Every Student Succeeds Act, or ESSA. In February 2018, the State Board voted to approve the content proposal submitted by the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) in Resolution SR18-3. OSSE is working on the design of the final report card, which must be completed by December 2018.

Residency Verification Rules

Under District of Columbia law, the State Board is responsible for oversight of the residency verification process, including approval to changes in residency verification rules.

In 2017, the State Board approved OSSE’s new residency verification process, which included a two-part test for residency (establish a physical presence in the District and submitting valid documentation), protections for vulnerable populations, a mechanism for determining residency in various formal and informal custodial situations, and an option for a streamlined residency verification process for K-12 students.

In 2008 and 2009, the State Board approved changes to the rules that would allow schools to enroll students and start the residency verification process earlier in the year. This allows school leaders more time to identify their incoming students before summer vacation and affords more planning time in advance of the school year.

Teacher Preparation Programs

The State Board is responsible for approving standards for the accreditation and certification of teacher preparation programs of colleges and universities in the District of Columbia.

The Office of the State Superintendent of Education’s Division of Teaching and Learning determines which specific preparation programs have or have not met those standards.

Through February 2018, the following educator preparation programs are state-approved: