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SBOE ESSA Task Force Gets Back to Work

Thursday, September 6, 2018
Advisory Group of Education Stakeholders Resumes Monthly Meetings

Washington, DC - On Tuesday, September 11, the DC State Board of Education (SBOE) will hold its next Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Task Force meeting at 6 pm in Room 1117 at 441 Fourth St. NW. SBOE President and ESSA Task Force Chair Karen Williams will welcome members, review progress made from the launch of the task force in August 2017, and highlight goals for the team moving forward. Representatives from the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) will provide an update on the second phase of its engagement efforts on the proposed design of the new citywide school report card. Task force members will then work in committees in three issue areas: leading for equity, academic equity, and school resources and funding equity.

“We are excited to continue the momentum on implementing DC’s ESSA plan,” said Williams. “This task force will continue to work diligently to help create a citywide school report card, analyze the possibility of including a science assessment within the plan, develop an access and opportunity measure, pilot a school climate study, and develop a high school growth measure.”

In the coming months, SBOE and OSSE will partner in soliciting feedback on the development of a statewide school report card that will contain information designed for students and parents to know more about schools in the District of Columbia. The report cards will not only provide information about a school’s test scores, but will also give a broader scope of a school’s characteristics through the inclusion of new metrics. The school report card is a dynamic tool and will be updated and modified as new information becomes available.

Members of the public may attend and observe all task force meetings, but are not permitted to speak or participate during these sessions. Individuals and representatives of organizations may submit written testimony or information for consideration by the task force by emailing [email protected]. The task force meeting will be streamed live via Periscope for those community members who are unable to attend in person. For the latest updates on the task force’s work, please visit sboe.dc.gov/essa.

About the SBOE

The DC State Board of Education is an independent agency within the Government of the District of Columbia that advises the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE), the District’s state education agency. The State Board is comprised of nine elected representatives, each representing their respective wards, with one member representing DC at large, and two appointed student representatives. The State Board approves statewide education policies and sets academic standards, while OSSE oversees education within the District and manages federal education funding. More information about the SBOE can be found at sboe.dc.gov.

*UPDATE - September Public Meeting on Thursday*
Please note that the upcoming September SBOE public meeting will be held on Thursday, September 20, 2018. This is a change from the regularly scheduled third Wednesday of every month. The meeting will be held in the Old Council Chambers at 441 Fourth St. NW.