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Credit Recovery Panel at SBOE Public Meeting

Friday, April 13, 2018
DPR & DCPL to Provide Summer Activities Update

Washington, DC - The DC State Board of Education (SBOE) will hold its monthly public meeting on Wednesday, April 18, 2018, at 5:30 pm in the Old Council Chambers at 441 4th Street, NW. State Board members will convene a panel to discuss the current state of credit recovery policies here in the District. The panel will include Dr. Jordan Rickles, Principal Researcher, American Institutes for Research; Jennifer Zinth, High School & STEM Director, Education Commission of the States; and Rashida Young, Senior Manager, Equity and Fidelity, DC Public Charter School Board.

The State Board will recognize District mental health professionals and grief counselors from the Wendt Center for Loss and Healing with a ceremonial resolution. State Board members understand that mental health is an important priority for educators and policymakers across the District of Columbia and the nation. The Wendt Center provides on-site responses to schools, agencies, and other institutions following violence, trauma, and death of staff, students, or others, as well as consultation to schools, hospitals, and other institutions to design and develop programs in anticipation of traumatic events.

In 2018, over 100 students in grades 4 through 12 representing eighteen schools competed in this year’s District of Columbia Interscholastic Athletic Association (DCIAA) ski championships at Liberty Mountain Resort in southern Pennsylvania. The SBOE will honor this year’s winners in their age and skill divisions. Additionally, the SBOE welcomes Themba Masimini, Deputy Director of Programs, and Marcus Markle, Program Analyst, Corporate Relations & Sponsorship, from the Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) and Kimberly Zablud, Director of Public Services and Ellen Riordan, Assistant Director, Youth & Family Services, from the District of Columbia Public Libraries to provide an update on summer activity offerings across the District.

All students, parents, and educators, and community members are invited to provide testimony at public meetings. Individuals and representatives of organizations who wish to comment at a public meeting are asked to notify Board staff in advance by phone at (202) 741-0888 or by email at [email protected] no later than 48 hours in advance of the meeting. An electronic copy of testimony must be received no later than 48 hours prior to the meeting. Individuals are asked to furnish their names, addresses, telephone numbers, and organizational affiliation, if any. Individuals must also bring at least fifteen (15) copies of their written statements with them to the meeting.

The draft agenda of the meeting is below. Please note that the agenda may be altered, modified or updated without notice.

I.     Call to Order
II.    Announcement of a Quorum
III.   Approval of the Agenda
IV.   Approval of the Minutes
V.    Comments from the President of the DC State Board of Education
VI.   Comments from the State Superintendent of Education
VII.  Public Comment
VIII. DCPS Ski Program Recognition Ceremonial Resolution (VOTE)
IX.   Wendt Center and School-Based Mental Health Professionals Ceremonial Resolution
X.    DC Public Libraries Summer Activities
XI.   Department of Parks and Recreation Summer Activities Update
XII.  Credit Recovery in District Schools
XIII. Adjournment

The Office of the State Superintendent of Education is building a new school report card tool as part of DC’s state plan under the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Over the past year, OSSE has developed the tool with feedback from the SBOE ESSA Task Force and community partners. The new report card will give all DC public school & public charter school families one place to access information on District schools. Members of the public are encouraged to provide feedback on a survey devised to solicit ideas and comments. The online survey is available though May 4, 2018.

More information about the SBOE can be found at