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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
October 2018 Update
In October, representatives from OSSE presented to the task force members on the status of the accountability system as part of the District’s compliance with the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) law. Presenters from the education advocacy nonprofit organizations TNTP and Education Forward DC, who are collaborating with OSSE on teacher data collection and analysis efforts, provided an update on their work and solicited feedback from task force members on their priorities for teacher data collection.

As part of the District of Columbia’s ESSA plan, OSSE pledged to update the State Board of Education multiple times per year on the status of ESSA implementation, including school report cards, the collection and use of teacher data, access to opportunities and growth metrics, and the agency’s plans for future data collection. TNTP and Education Forward DC are working to build a central hub of teacher data that spans the District’s many LEAs. The TNTP/Education Forward DC team was interested to hear from the ESSA Task Force about their priorities and challenges concerning teacher data and the main issues they should examine. Over the next few months, the team will explore how to share teacher data in ways that inform state- and local-level initiatives.

SBOE #ESSA Task Force Meeting Information


November 13, 2018

October 9, 2018

September 11, 2018 

June 5, 2018

May 1, 2018

April 3, 2018

March 6, 2018 

February 6, 2018 


December 5, 2017

November 7, 2017 

October 3, 2017 

September 5, 2017 

August 22, 2017 

January 9, 2017