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Every Student Succeeds Act

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 Announces #ESSA Task Force Application

On July 10, 2017, the SBOE opened its application period for its new Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Advisory Task Force. 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. The SBOE is committed to continuing to involve broad community input in the decision making related to the Every Student Succeeds Act. 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.

To apply to serve on the Task Force, click here. The application period is now open, concluding at 12 noon on Monday, July 24, 2017. The SBOE will share clear selection criteria, and explain how members were selected. Task Force meetings will begin in August and continue on a monthly basis for the duration of the members’ two-year appointment. To view a list of who has applied for the Task Force, click here.

SBOE Approves Creation of ESSA Task Force

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.

With the creation of this new task force, the 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. The next step in implementing ESSA is the development of a comprehensive school report card. In the coming months, the SBOE will release to the public a plan of action that will provide a clear and transparent process of engagement on the elements we, as a city, want to see in our report cards. The SBOE is committed to approving a report card that ensures that parents no longer have to search for essential information across multiple websites and that they provide full stories of each school. The 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

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.

The State Board’s work was instrumental in achieving this reduction in assessment focus. As a direct result of the State Board’s advocacy, this plan more heavily weights student growth over proficiency. This 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.

The 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. The State Board remains committed to including these metrics as part of the state plan as soon as possible.

OSSE Releases Final Draft of State Plan 

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 below. 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. They reflect the consensus of the SBOE that the weight of test scores should be reduced and additional non-testing measures that encourage a well-rounded education be added. Additionally, they also recommend the establishment of task forces on School Climate/Well-Rounded Education and High School Growth Measures. These task forces would provide recommendations to SBOE and OSSE for inclusion in the accountability plan by April 2018. Further recommendations relate to the use of PARCC with English Language Learners. Finally, the SBOE agrees with OSSE that the accountability system be reviewed regularly to ensure that the system is providing the information our residents need. SBOE is recommending that that process be done jointly between OSSE and SBOE. 

Nearly 40 Residents Made Their Voice Heard on March 15th at the SBOE Monthly Public Meeting!

The DC State Board of Education (SBOE) held its monthly public meeting on March 15, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. in the Old Council Chambers at 441 4th Street NW. The State Board continued its diligent work related to the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). At this meeting, the SBOE heard feedback from District residents on the final accountability plan released to the public by the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE). Each resident had three minutes to provide their input. Many residents lauded the 10 recomendations for changes on the draft accountability plan sent by the State Board to OSSE.

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

Thoughout 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

During the March SBOE Public Meeting, the Board heard from three ESSA experts. Watch their discussion on best ESSA practices here

During the June SBOE Public Meeting, the Board heard testimony related to school quality and student success. Watch the discussion here

During the July SBOE Public Meeting, the Board heard testimony related to the potential impact of ESSA on vulnerable students. Watch the discussion here.

During the September SBOE Public Meeting, the Board heard testimony related to state leadership and implementation challenges. Watch the discussion here.

During the October SBOE Public Meeting, the Board heard testimony related to a Parent Summit that includes ESSA related sessions. Watch the discussion here.

During the November SBOE Public Meeting, we 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.

During the 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

2017

During the January SBOE Public Meeting, the Office of the State Superintendent (OSSE) provided an overview of the major components of the consolidated statewide plan required by ESSA. In addition to school accountability, the consolidated plan includes sections on long-term goals, consultation and performance management, academic assessments, and supporting educators and students. Watch the discussion here

During the  February SBOE Public Meeting, the SBOE heard from two panels of policy experts regarding their views on the draft ESSA accountability plan. Watch the discussion here.

During the March SBOE Public Meeting, the SBOE again invited ALL interested members of the public to testify about the final accountability plan. Nearly 40 residents testified. Watch the discussion here

During the March Special Public Meeting, the DC State Board of Education (SBOE) 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.

During the May SBOE Public Meeting, the SBOE 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.

We Want to Hear From YOU!

Please share your thoughts on ESSA with us online by emailing sboe@dc.gov !