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SBOE to Begin Next Steps for #ESSA Implementation at April Working Session

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Washington, DC - The DC State Board of Education (SBOE) announces its monthly working session on April 5, 2017 will be held at 5:00 p.m. in Room 1114 at 441 4th St NW. The SBOE will continue its work on the implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

On March 22, 2017, the State Board voted to approve the new state accountability plan drafted by the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE). Work on the plan is not completed, however. The plan approved by the State Board included provisions for the inclusion of additional measures on items like high school academic growth, school climate, and well-rounded education once those measures were fully explored and piloted. The State Board intends to begin work on these additional measures immediately so they can be included as quickly as possible. For additional information about ESSA, please visit

State Board members will also discuss the opening of the application process for its School Year 2017-2018 Student Advisory Committee. Student Representatives are vital members of the State Board team and serve as co-chairs of the Student Advisory Committee. The Committee is composed of a minimum of 15 high school students, one from each of the 10 largest (by student population) high schools in the District and 5 additional members from other high schools.

Finally, the SBOE will review the application process for the Bennetta Bullock Washington Scholarship. Each year, the State Board awards a scholarship award to one District of Columbia Public School or Public Charter School senior for exemplary citizenship, demonstrated leadership ability, and participation in school/community service activities.

The working session is open to the public. However, individuals and representatives of organizations are not permitted to speak or participate during the working session. Individuals and representatives of organizations may submit written testimony for consideration by the SBOE. Written testimony may also be submitted by email at [email protected].

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. DC Science Assessment

IV. ESSA Next Steps

V. Student Representative Application

VI. Bennetta Bullock Washington Scholarship Fund

VII. Committee Updates

VIII. Office Reports

IX. 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