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Academic Standards

The State Board of Education is responsible for approving state academic standards.

The State Board is also responsible for ensuring that the standards:

  • Specify what children are expected to know and be able to do;
  • Contain coherent and rigorous content;
  • Encourage the teaching of advanced skills; and
  • Are updated on a regular basis;

Adopted standards can be found below.

Common Core State Standards

Next Generation Science Standards

Additional Learning Standards



The primary purpose of the District of Columbia Comprehensive Assessment System (DC CAS) is to measure the mastery of Reading, Mathematics, Science, Biology, and Composition content standards of all District of Columbia (DC) public school students annually. The assessments provide the foundation for an accountability system that enables the District to determine whether students and schools are making adequate yearly progress on DC content standards as required by the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act. In addition, the assessments are used by district- and school-based instructional staff to focus their lessons on content standards and evaluate whether students and schools are achieving those standards. Parents use the results to monitor their children’s educational progress and the effectiveness of their school and school district (excerpt from the DC CAS Technical Report from the Spring 2013 Test Administration).


The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) is a consortium of 18 states plus the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands working together to develop a common set of K-12 assessments in English and math anchored in what it takes to be ready for college and careers. These new K-12 assessments will build a pathway to college and career readiness by the end of high school, mark students’ progress toward this goal from 3rd grade up, and provide teachers with timely information to inform instruction and provide student support. The PARCC assessments will be ready for states to administer during the 2014-15 school year (except from the PARCC website).

The State Board of Education is actively monitoring the rollout and implementation of the Common Core State Standards and the PARCC assessment. For more about PARCC, click here.