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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.

Teacher Retention Report - October 2018

In a report commissioned by the DC State Board of Education (SBOE), local education researcher and data analyst Mary Levy found that teacher turnover is higher in the District of Columbia than in other comparable American cities, including New York, Chicago, and Milwaukee, and higher than the national average. This report documents “teacher attrition” rates for both District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) and public charter schools using a combination of data sources, including annual performance reports, staff databases, and records acquired through the oversight function of the Council of the District of Columbia and from Freedom of Information Act requests. Based on the information collected, the SBOE has issued three recommendations. DCPS submitted a letter to the SBOE on October 4, 2018 in response to this report.

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.



January 2019 Appoint Serena Hayes as Ombudsman for Public Education, SR19-1
September 2018 Appoint an Interim Ombudsman for Public Education, SR18-7
July 2018 Emergency and Proposed Rulemaking on Credit Recovery, SR18-6
May 2018 High School Graduation Requirements Task Force Recommendations Resolution, SR18-4
February 2018 Approve the Content and Format of the District of Columbia Report Card, SR 18-3
January 2018 Call for an Independent Investigation into Data and Accountability Practices in District Schools, SR 18-2
Appoint Committees, SR18-1
October 2017 Fiscal Year 2018 Budget Resolution, SR17-11 
September 2017 Fiscal Year 2019 Need for Appropriations,  SR17-12
June 2017 Approve DC Science Cut Scores,  SR17-10
Domicile Requirement for Excepted Service Employee,  SR17-9
May 2017 Approve Creation of ESSA Task Force,  SR17-7
March 2017 Approve DC ESSA Accountability Plan,  SR17-6
Approve Promulgation of Proposed Residency Rulemaking, SR17-5
Approve Physical Education Standards,  SR17-4
January 2017 Domicile Requirement for Excepted Service Employee,  SR17-3
Appoint Committees,  SR17-2




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.