The State Board of Education is responsible for approving the District of Columbia's statewide accountability plan. The accountability plan, required by federal law, maintains transparency provides and provides important information for parents, policymakers, and stakeholders.
LEA School Report Cards
D.C. SBOE is responsible for the creation and approval of the criteria for LEA School Report Cards. These reports offer a wealth of school-specific data from each public school and public charter school in the District of Columbia. The report cards provide test scores, graduation rates, enrollment trends, demographic performance and more.
ESEA Flexibility Waiver
In September 2011, President Obama announced that the U.S. Department of Education would be granting waivers to states that are undergoing significant education reform efforts. In July 2012, the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) and the State Board were granted flexibility in implementing the requirements of the "No Child Left Behind Act of 2001" (NCLB). This flexibility is intended to give local educational agencies (LEAs) and schools the opportunity to design need-based interventions to improve student learning. The District’s 2015 waiver will be in effect until the full implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).
Every Student Succeeds Act
ESSA was signed by President Obama on December 10, 2015, and represents good news for our nation’s schools. This bipartisan measure amends the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), the nation’s national education law and longstanding commitment to equal opportunity for all students. This updated legislation grants more power to states to shape education outcomes. D.C. SBOE and OSSE are currently developing a new accountability system under ESSA that will meet the needs of D.C. students.
You can check out the Board's most recent progress here.
Race to the Top (RTTT) Grant
In 2010, the U.S. Department of Education awarded the District a “Race to the Top” grant, following an SBOE approved application. This grant assisted DC in implementing the Common Core State Standards, new data and accountability systems, and other reform initiatives. For more information, visit the OSSE's RTTT website and the U.S. Department of Education.