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Policy and Research

Research Objectives

The State Board of Education conducts high-quality policy research and analysis to support its advisory and approval functions. Board members utilize the most current research on the state of public education in the District of Columbia and nationwide in order to make informed decisions on behalf of the District’s residents. SBOE staff work to brief Board members on current events and education research, undertaking research initiatives within specific issue areas as directed by the Board. 

Recent Votes

Linked here are recent resolutions passed by the State Board. Ceremonial resolutions and a full archive of supporting documents can be found at our information sharing page.



February 2021 On the Establishment of Committees, SR21-2
January 2021 Supporting School Access to Funding for Outdoor Learning Options, SR21-1
December 2020 Social Studies Standards Guiding Principles, SR20-15
To Approve Regulations Pertaining to Attendance Collection for the 2020-21 School Year, SR20-14
October 2020 Commemorating Young People Lost to Gun Violence, SR20-13
Fiscal Year 2022 Need for Appropriations, SR20-12
September 2020 On Improving the School Transparency and Reporting (STAR) Framework, SR20-11
July 2020 To Recognize the Importance of Removing All Police From D.C. Public and Charter Schools, SR20-10
June 2020 In Support of Measures to Increase Recruitment & Retention of Black/African-American Teachers, SR20-9
On Supporting Schools with Teacher Retention, SR20-7
May 2020 Supporting Students with Disabilities, SR20-8
April 2020 DC State Board of Education Fiscal Year 2021 Need for Appropriations Emergency Resolution, SR20-6
In Support of Measures to Increase Recruitment & Retention of Latino, Hispanic, and Latinx Teachers, SR20-5
On Protecting Homeless Youth in the District, SR20-4
On the Committee Appointments, SR20-3
January 2020 On Protecting our Students from Big Tobacco, SR20-2
In Support of Fully Funding the Birth-to-Three for All DC Act of 2018, SR20-1


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In 2017, SBOE was one of only two state boards of education across the country to receive a grant from the National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) to embed “deeper learning” into its work. NASBE defines deeper learning as a set of competencies and learning environments where students learn rich content, think deeply about that content in specific contexts, and apply the learning to authentic situations. Increasing deeper learning is a strategy to drive equity, because students who have access to these experiences are better prepared for their postsecondary plans. The funds are tied to the High School Graduation Requirements Task Force, and SBOE plans to use them to increase its outreach efforts. Funding will help the Board reach more families to gather feedback on draft high school graduation requirements, and it will also help disseminate the task force’s findings to ensure all families are informed about changes that might affect them. SBOE staff will also conduct a scan of all of the District’s policies related to education, looking for gaps or inequities that exist. This effort will help SBOE and NASBE understand where District policies are inconsistent or are not reflective of best practices, and the end result will allow Board members to more effectively advocate on behalf of District children.

Race to the Top

In 2010, the U.S. Department of Education awarded the District of Columbia a Race to the Top grant following an application approved by the State Board. This grant assisted the District in first implementing the Common Core State Standards, new data and accountability systems, and other reform initiatives. For more on RTTT, visit OSSE’s RTTT website and the U.S. Department of Education.