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Graduation Audit On Agenda for SBOE Public Meeting

Friday, December 15, 2017
Members Will Also Vote on Three Ceremonial Resolutions

Washington, DC - The DC State Board of Education (SBOE) will hold its monthly public meeting on Wednesday, December 20, 2017, at 5:30 p.m. in the Old Council Chambers at 441 4th Street NW. The SBOE will begin the meeting by considering ceremonial resolutions for the Martin Luther King Parade Committee, Changamire (“Changa”) Anderson II, and the Ballou Senior High School DC Football Champions.

State Board members will then consider a resolution that recommends redefining the term “economically disadvantaged” when applied to reporting for District public schools. This recommendation would modify the current method of consolidated reporting, focusing instead on a student’s eligibility for TANF and SNAP and homeless/foster care status. The State Board believes it is important for the District’s various education institutions, leaders, and families to be aware of and monitor the achievement and progress of this group of students.

The SBOE will also vote on a resolution calling for an independent investigation into data and accountability practices in District schools. The SBOE embraces its responsibility for approving high school graduation requirements, the metrics used to judge school quality, and the attendance rule. The Board assumes a special responsibility to understand how these and other requirements are being implemented and whether these standards are being met legitimately.

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]. Individuals should furnish their names, addresses, telephone numbers, and organizational affiliation, if any, by the close of business on Monday, December 18, 2017, and should submit one (1) electronic copy of their testimony in advance for the permanent record.

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 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. Martin Luther King Parade Committee Ceremonial Resolution (VOTE)
IX.   Changamire “Changa” Anderson II Recognition Ceremonial Resolutions (VOTE)
X.    Ballou Senior High School DC Football Champions Ceremonial Resolution (VOTE)
XI.   Economically Disadvantaged Students Reporting (VOTE)
XII.  Graduation Audit (VOTE)
XIII. Proposed Policies & Reports (VOTE)
XIV. 10 Years of SBOE Report (VOTE)
XV.  Adjournment

The DC State Board of Education is an independent agency within the executive branch of the Government of the District of Columbia that works to advise the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE), which is the District’s state education agency. The Board is comprised of nine elected representatives, each representing their respective wards, with one member representing DC at large, in addition to two student representatives. While OSSE oversees education within the District and manages federal education funding, the Board approves education policies, sets academic standards, and determines teacher qualifications. The State Board views its role in the achievement of this mission as one of shared responsibility, whereby it engages families, students, educators, community members, elected officials and business leaders to play a vital role in preparing every child for college and/or career success. More information about the SBOE can be found at