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SBOE to Hear Proposal on High School Growth Metrics

Friday, May 31, 2019
Quarter 3 reports from Ombudsman & Chief Student Advocate delivered

The DC State Board of Education (SBOE) will hold its regular monthly working session on Wednesday, June 5, 2019 at 5 pm in Room 1114 at 441 Fourth St. NW. State Board members will hear a proposal for high school growth metrics to be used in the District’s STAR Framework accountability system from the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE). The Office of the Ombudsman for Public Education and the Office of the Student Advocate will update the State Board on their work on behalf of District families, providing recommendations on ways to engage further with their offices. The working session will be streamed live via Periscope for community members who are unable to attend in person.

At the SBOE public meetings in April and May, members welcomed school leaders and experts from non-profits, local and national education policy organizations, and universities for a discussion on different ways to measure student and high school growth in public schools. Academic growth, the progress a student makes over a particular time period, is one of the indicators used by the District in its STAR Framework and in its school report card. Growth can be measured in a number of different ways. As there is currently no high school growth measure included in the STAR Framework, the State Board convened two expert panels on the topic of growth measurement. The State Board heard discussions on median growth percentile (MGP), growth to proficiency metrics, value-added measurement (VAM), and learned of other methods by which high school growth in the District could be measured. State Board members heard from District high school principals on how their students’ growth of their students should be represented.

OSSE committed to bringing a proposal on including high school growth in the STAR Framework to the State Board in 2019. State Superintendent Hanseul Kang and her team will attend the June working session to present the proposal to the State Board. The proposal would allow for the inclusion of growth metrics in District high schools after community input on the proposal as well as seeking approval from the SBOE and the US Department of Education.   

While working sessions are open to the public, individuals and representatives of organizations are not permitted to speak or participate. However, individuals and representatives of organizations may submit written testimony for consideration by the State Board. Written testimony must be submitted by email at [email protected] at least 48 hours in advance of the meeting. To review the agenda and submitted testimony and presentations, please visit our meeting documents site.

The draft agenda for the working session 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.    Leadership Report
IV.    OSSE High School Growth Metrics Proposal
V.    Ombudsman Q3 Report
VI.    Student Advocate Q3 Report
VII.    SR19-10 Education Standard Implementation Task Force Creation
VIII.    Working Group Reports
IX.    Executive Director’s Report
X.    New Business & Other Discussion
XI.    Adjournment

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