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#ESSA Expert Testimony and Salute to Outgoing Board Members on Agenda at December Public Meeting

Friday, December 16, 2016

(Washington, DC) - The DC State Board of Education (SBOE) will hold its monthly public meeting on December 21, 2016 at 5:30 pm in the Old Council Chambers at 441 4th Street NW.

Board members will continue their work related to the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). At last month’s public meeting, the Board heard nearly 25 community members provide testimony about their priorities in a new school accountability plan. During this meeting, the SBOE will hear from two policy experts regarding their viewpoints on ESSA.

Dr. David Osher is Vice President and Institute Fellow at the American Institutes for Research. His research has focused on conditions for learning and school climate, youth development, supportive school discipline, cultural competence, family engagement, and mental health. Chad Aldeman is Principal at Bellwether Education Partners and serves as an expert in federal education policy. He recently authored “Grading Schools: How States Should Define ‘School Quality’ Under the Every Student Succeeds Act.”

ESSA replaces No Child Left Behind (NCLB) and gives the District more flexibility in determining what constitutes a successful school, and what needs to be done to support schools in increasing student achievement. For more information about ESSA, including upcoming engagement opportunities and previous meeting materials, please visit and Interested parties can still submit testimony regarding ESSA. The SBOE welcomes comments from students, parents, teachers, school leaders, organizations and residents. To provide comment at our public hearing, please email us at [email protected] by the close of business on Monday, December 19. You may also submit written testimony via email.

The SBOE will also vote on a two-year strategic plan for 2017-2018 that lays out the goals the Board is setting for itself to increase equity and excellence in public education. The members of the SBOE look forward to beginning work on these ambitious goals through policy leadership, engagement, support, advocacy, and oversight.

Finally, on January 2, 2017, the terms in office of three of our members will come to close. The DC State Board of Education has been enriched by the service of Mary Lord, At-Large representative, Kamili Anderson, Ward 4 representative, and Tierra Jolly, Ward 8 representative. Their tireless efforts have made a tremendous impact on the District and we will miss each of them.

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 Comments
VIII. 2017-2018 SBOE Governance Items (VOTE)
i.      Bylaws
ii.     Policy Manual
iii.    Strategic Plan
iv.    Year in Review
v.     FY2018 Budget Enhancements
IX.   Every Student Succeeds Act Timeline & Engagement Plan
X.    Ceremonial Resolutions (VOTE)
XI.   Member Statements
XII.  Adjournment

The State Board of Education provides policy leadership, support, advocacy, and oversight of public education to ensure that every student is valued and learns the skills and knowledge necessary to become informed, competent, and contributing global citizens. More information about the SBOE can be found at