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SBOE Announces Next High School Graduation Requirements Task Force Meeting

Friday, September 8, 2017
Preparing for Student Engagement to Inform Work

Washington, DC - The DC State Board of Education (SBOE) will hold its next High School Graduation Requirements Task Force meeting on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. in Room 1114 at 441 4th Street NW. During this meeting, task force members will take a deeper, more specific dive into the connection between the lack of preparedness of high school graduates for life beyond high school and the graduation requirements themselves. Members will work together to devise questions to ask current high school students about how those requirements impact post-high school preparedness as part of a broader effort to collect data on the impact of the requirements.

All task force meetings are open to the public. However, individuals and representatives of organizations are not permitted to speak or participate during task force sessions. District residents may stay involved and provide input throughout this process in a variety of ways. Individuals and representatives of organizations may submit written testimony or information for consideration by the task force by emailing [email protected] or by filling out this online form. Members of the public can also request to join our discussion group here to share input regarding the work of the task force.

This task force marks an historic citywide effort to review, analyze and, as necessary, make thoughtful, implementable recommendations to adjust DC’s high school graduation requirements for all DCPS and public charter school students. Under the leadership of Ward 1 representative Laura Wilson Phelan and Ward 8 representative Markus Batchelor, the task force consists of 26 members who will provide unique insights relevant to high school graduation. Reflecting the geographic proportion of our school-aged population, half of the task force members live or work East of the Anacostia River.

Task force meetings will take place two times per month through Winter 2018. For the latest updates on the work of the task force, please visit