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ESSA Updates

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was signed by President Obama on December 10, 2015. ESSA reauthorizes the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) and replaces the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) of 2001. ESSA creates an important opportunity for DC to expand upon its efforts around school improvement, educator development and support, and sharing of transparent and comparable information about District of Columbia public schools. 

SBOE #ESSA Task Force Meeting Information

November 7, 2017: Presentation Materials | Watch the Replay | Updated Overview | Required Report Card Elements
Representatives from the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) provided an update on feedback received from recently held community focus groups on a new school report card. Dr. Lillian Lowery of The Education Trust delivered a presentation to task force members on equity.

October 3, 2017: Presentation Materials | Watch the Replay
Task Force member Josh Boots of EmpowerK12 presented information on 2017 PARCC data for the District. Representatives from the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) provided an overview of the report card creation process and introduced a public engagement facilitation toolkit that task force members can utilize in upcoming focus group sessions.

September 5, 2017: Minutes  | Presentation Materials | Watch the Replay
Representatives from the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) and the DC Public Charter School Board (PCSB) made presentations on ESSA reporting requirements, the School Transparency and Reporting System (STAR) framework, and District equity reports. 

August 22, 2017: MinutesPresentation Slides | Watch the Replay
The 29 members of the task force began their important work of devising education policy recommendations related to the District’s implementation of ESSA. Representatives from DC Public Schools, the Public Charter School Board, LearnDC, My School DC, and GreatSchools made presentations on the existing school report cards in the district. 

Upcoming ESSA Focus Groups on DC's School Report Card - November 2017


Organization Date / Time Organizers
Powell Elementary (Ward 4) Thursday, 11/30/17 (9:00-10:00 AM) Allyson Cryner Brown

If you would like to attend an upcoming focus group, please contact our Policy Analyst, Maria, at [email protected]. To host your own focus gropus, download a full toolikit: English | Spanish  |  Amharic.

#ESSA Task Force Members

Thank you to everyone who applied for our task force! Through our open and transparent process, we received a remarkable 55 applications from parents, community leaders, and education stakeholders across the District. Task Force members include parents, community leaders, education agency leaders, students, teachers, school leaders, and nonprofit personnel who work in relevant fields. Over the course of two years, four subcommittees will address school report cards, an access and opportunity measure, a high school growth measure, and school climate pilots. Task Force meetings will continue on a monthly basis for the duration of the members’ two-year commitment.

Name Affiliation
Lannette Woodruff • Ward 4 Representative, State Board of Education
• Chair, ESSA Task Force
Alex Rose-Henig (n) • Dean of Students, BASIS DC
Allyson Criner Brown • Ward 7 Education Council Member and Associate Director, Teaching for Change
Amon Payne • Student, Columbia Heights Educational Campus
Anne Herr (n) • Parent and Director of School Quality, FOCUS
Daniel Rodriguez • Student, Benjamin Banneker High School
Deborah Dantzler Williams (n) • Head of Schools, Inspired Teaching PCS K-8
Donald Hense • Chairman, Friendship Public Charter Schools
Elizabeth V. Primas • ESSA Program Manager, National Newspaper Publishers Association
Erica Hwang (n) • Instructional Coach, Brightwood Education Campus
Erin Kupferberg • Senior Manager, School Quality and Accountability, DC Public Charter School Board
Faith Gibson Hubbard (n) • Chief Student Advocate, State Board of Education
Jack Jacobson • Vice President and Ward 2 Representative, State Board of Education
Jacque Patterson (n) • DC Regional Director, Rocketship Public Schools
Jhonna Turner • Parent Engagement Program Coordinator, Washington Lawyers' Committee
Joe Weedon • Ward 6 Representative, State Board of Education
Josh Boots • Executive Director, EmpowerK12
Juliana Herman • Deputy Chief of Policy, DC Public Schools
Julie Anne Green • Executive Director, New Futures
Karen Williams • President and Ward 7 Representative, State Board of Education
Laura Fuchs • WTU Board Member and Teacher, H.D. Woodson High School
Maya Martin • Executive Director, Parents Amplifying Voices in Education
Ramona Edelin (n) • Executive Director, DC Association of Chartered Public Schools
Richard Pohlman (n) • Executive Director, Thurgood Marshall Academy PCS
Samantha Brown • Special Education and Reading Teacher, Calvin Coolidge High School
Shana Young  • Chief of Staff, Office of the State Superintendent of Education
Sheila Strain Clark • Parent and Chief of Programs, Sasha Bruce Youthwork
Suzanne Wells • Founder, Capitol Hill Public Schools Parent Organization
Yolanda Corbett • Co-Chair, Parent Advocate Leaders Group

Total: 21 voting, 8 non-voting

SBOE Announces #ESSA Task Force Application - July 2017 

Under the leadership of Ward 4 representative Dr. Lannette Woodruff, the ESSA Advisory Task Force will help advise the SBOE over the next two years. To ensure a balance of perspectives, the State Board will choose Task Force members who represent a broad constituency and will contribute meaningfully to education policy recommendations related to the 2017 DC ESSA Plan. Task Force members will include parents, community leaders, education agency leaders, students, teachers, school leaders, and nonprofit personnel who work in relevant fields. The selection committee will strive to ensure membership is proportionately representative to the backgrounds of the students here in the District. In keeping with the SBOE’s commitment to transparency, all applications for the Task Force will be open to public review.

  • SBOE opens application period on July 10, 2017 
  • Application period concluded at 12 noon on July 24, 2017
  • Educational Excellence and Equity Committee reviewing all applications over the next few days.
  • Announcement of selected members expected this week.
  • To view a list of task force applicants, click here.

SBOE Approves Creation of ESSA Task Force - May 2017

At our May Public Meeting, the SBOE approved the creation of a new #ESSA Advisory Task Force! This new task force will help advise the State Board over the next year. The SBOE is committed to continuing to involve broad community input in the decision making related to the Every Student Succeeds Act.

  • State Board will conduct community roundtables and focus groups to gather input on the remaining ESSA accountability plan measures, pilot studies, and school report cards from essential District education stakeholders.
  • Next step is development of a comprehensive school report card. I
  • Goal is to approve a report card that ensures that parents no longer have to search for essential information across multiple websites
  • SBOE will also work with the Mayor and Council to ensure that these report cards are accessible (508 compliant) and translated into all of the languages required by the Language Access Act

SBOE Approves Final #ESSA Accountability Plan - March 22, 2017

On March 22, 2017, the DC State Board of Education (SBOE) voted to approve the final state plan for the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The state plan, drafted by the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) with significant impact from the State Board of Education, gives the District more flexibility in advancing educational excellence and provides assistance to schools so that each student has the opportunity for success.

  • SBOE's work was instrumental in achieving this reduction in assessment focus.
  • As a direct result of the State Board’s advocacy, plan more heavily weights student growth over proficiency
  • Plan also provides a foundation to ensure schools are safe and welcoming and that schools provide students with a well-rounded education by committing to pilot a common school climate survey and additional measures for inclusion
  • SBOE will continue to work with OSSE to implement the plan and develop additional metrics related to a well-rounded education, high school growth, and school climate

OSSE Releases Final Draft of State Plan - March 17, 2017

On March 17, the Office of the State Superintendent of Education released the final version of the complete draft state plan. The full version can be read here. On Wednesday, March 22, 2017, the State Board will hold a special public meeting at 5:30 pm in the Old Council Chambers at 441 4th Street NW. The State Board will vote on the approval of the final draft state plan for the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

The State Board Makes 10 Recommendations for Final Accountability Plan

Read the recommendations here.

  • Recommendations reflect the consensus of the SBOE that weight of test scores should be reduced and additional non-testing measures that encourage a well-rounded education be added
  • Recommend establishment of task forces on School Climate/Well-Rounded Education and High School Growth Measures for inclusion in the accountability plan by April 2018 
  • SBOE agrees with OSSE that accountability system be reviewed regularly to ensure that the system is providing the information our residents need, by joint process between OSSE and SBOE 

Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Community-Based Meetings - February 2017

Throughout the month of February, the State Board of Education and the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) co-hosted 9 community meetings in all eight wards of the District to provide information about ESSA and to solicit feedback on OSSE's initial draft of Washington, DC’s state education plan, to be submitted to the U.S. Department of Education by April 3, 2017. Thank you to the more than 300 community members, parents, students, and advocates who attended these meetings!  This feedback has been key in helping Board members ensure that this plan is right for our schools!

SBOE Public Meeting Information on ESSA - 2016/2017


March SBOE Public Meeting | Testimony from three ESSA experts | Watch their discussion on best ESSA practices here
June SBOE Public Meeting | Testimony related to school quality and student success | Watch the discussion here
July SBOE Public Meeting | Testimony related to the potential impact of ESSA on vulnerable students | Watch the discussion here.
September SBOE Public Meeting | Testimony related to state leadership and implementation challenges | Watch the discussion here.
October SBOE Public Meeting | Testimony related to a Parent Summit that includes ESSA related sessions | Watch the discussion here.
November SBOE Public Meeting | Invited ALL interested members of the public to testify about the initial accountability strawman provided by OSSE and the SBOE response to that strawman | Watch the discussion here
December SBOE Public Meeting | Three ESSA policy experts, a charter school Vice President of Policy, and a Ward 5 charter school parent provided testimony to the Board | Watch the discussion here


January SBOE Public Meeting | Office of the State Superintendent (OSSE) provided an overview of the major components of the consolidated statewide plan required by ESSA | Watch the discussion here
February SBOE Public Meeting | SBOE heard from two panels of policy experts regarding their views on the draft ESSA accountability plan | Watch the discussion here.
March SBOE Public Meeting | Invited ALL interested members of the public to testify about the final accountability plan. Nearly 40 residents testified. | Watch the discussion here
March Special Public Meeting | Voted to approve the final state plan for the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) | Watch all of the State Board members provide comments on their vote here
May SBOE Public Meeting | Voted to approve the creation of a new ESSA Task Force Advisory Task Force. This task force will consist of three SBOE representatives and a variety of participants including DC Public/Public Charter school students and teachers, two parent representatives, business representatives, national education experts, and a representative from the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) | Watch the vote here

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