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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 resolutions passed by the State Board this year. Ceremonial resolutions and a full archive of supporting documents can be found at our information sharing page.

Date Resolution
May 2018 High School Graduation Requirements Task Force Recommendations Resolution, SR18-4
February 2018 To Approve the Content and Format of the District of Columbia Report Card, SR18-3
February 2018 Calling for an Independent Investigation into Data and Accountability Practices in District Schools, SR18-2
January 2018 To Appoint Committees, SR18-1


Recent Documents

Linked here for convenience are presentations and materials that have been delivered to the State Board at recent public meetings and working sessions. For more information and supporting materials, see our information sharing page.

Date Presentations
May 2018 (working session) Credit Recovery Regulations Proposal
May 2018 (working session) DC Auditor/EdCORE Research Presentation
April 2018 (public meeting) Credit Recovery in District schools
April 2018 (public meeting) DPR Summer Activities
April 2018 (public meeting) DCPL Summer Activities
April 2018 (working session) Family Engagement Summit Presentation
April 2018 (working session) Youth Risk Behavior Survey
February 2018 (working session) ESSA School Report Card Content Proposal
February 2018 (working session) Alvarez and Marsal Report on Graduation and Attendance Outcomes
January 2018 (public meeting) ESSA School Report Card Recommendations
January 2018 (working session) ESSA School Report Card Update




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.