The ESSA advisory task force meets on the second Tuesday of each month through June 2019. Check out our latest updates here!
What is ESSA?
The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) is a law administered by the U.S. Department of Education (ED) that requires all states to develop educational accountability measurements for all public K-12 schools nationally. ESSA replaced the previous No Child Left Behind Act and required all 50 states and the District of Columbia to create state plans to measure individual schools’ success at preparing students for college and/or careers. In the District, that means developing an accountability system for DC public and charter schools that demonstrates how well schools are performing, using academic performance and other factors.
What information is required for all state ESSA plans?
- Public K-12 schools must document academic achievement, as measured by state standardized test scores in English and math;
- Elementary and middle school ratings must indicate how they measure growth, both overall and for specific groups of students;
- High schools must publish their progress toward proficiency and four-year graduation rates.
List of Members: ESSA Task Force
January 2019 Update
At the sixteenth meeting of the ESSA Task Force, members dedicated meeting time to a discussion of the recently released DC school report cards with the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE), before breaking into three committees to discuss a proposed plan to develop a final set of recommendations that the Task Force will deliver to the DC State Board of Education in June 2019. Ms. Donna Johnson, OSSE’s director of accountability, provided an update on her agency’s data collection efforts, community outreach, and other next steps concerning the ongoing development of the DC school report card. Over 26,000 unique users have accessed dcschoolreport.org since its December 2018 launch. OSSE has a team that monitors feedback and responds to questions and comments sent to a dedicated email address: [email protected]. OSSE is also in the process of aggregating feedback received from school and LEA leaders, community organizations, and public meetings held across the city. Now is your chance to provide feedback on the school report website by filling out OSSE’s online survey. The ESSA Task Force meets next on Tuesday, February 12, 2018. The task force meeting will be streamed live via Periscope for those community members who are unable to attend in person.
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