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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
December 2018 Update

At this month’s meeting on December 11, members spent time testing the new DC School Report Card website and providing direct feedback to representatives from the OSSE on what works and what areas of the site need improvement. The OSSE team shared feedback on the first few days of the site going live and information on how to submit information for fixes. If you see errors on your school’s page, you can email [email protected] directly and the team from OSSE will respond. The ESSA Task Force meets next on January 8, 2018. The task force meeting will be streamed live via Periscope for those community members who are unable to attend in person.

SBOE #ESSA Task Force Meeting Information


December 11, 2018

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