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SBOE to Set Cut Scores for DC Science Assessment

Thursday, June 1, 2017
Student Advisory Committee Report also on June 7 Working Session Agenda

Washington, DC - The DC State Board of Education (SBOE) announces its monthly working session on June 7, 2017, to be held at 5:00 p.m. in Room 1114 at 441 4th Street NW. The agenda includes DC Science assessments, a report from the Student Advisory Committee, and committee reports on the ongoing progress of the Board’s work.

The Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) will present on its proposed cut scores for the DC Science Assessment. Over the last two months, State Board members have been engaged with OSSE in discussions on the DC Science Assessment, which has been given twice so far. Each spring, high school biology students and all students in grades 5 and 8 take the science assessment. OSSE will bring to the SBOE four recommended cut scores for the five levels of performance on the assessment. SBOE is set to review and discuss the cut scores in preparation for an anticipated vote on their approval at this month’s public meeting on June 21.

In addition, Student Representatives Ms. Jamiah Hall, Roosevelt High School, and Mr. Alex Dorosin, Wilson High School, will present the second annual report of the Student Advisory Committee to State Board members. The role of student representatives has been fundamental to the success of the work of the SBOE. Students offer a unique perspective on how policies actually impact the District and what we as policymakers can do to improve. The Student Advisory Committee met six times over the course of the 2016­-2017 school year, with each meeting representing a distinct step in the process of developing a set of policy proposals for the State Board of Education. You can read last year’s report on teacher accountability here.

The public is welcome to attend the working session. 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.  Student Advisory Committee Report
IV.  DC Science Assessment
V.   Committee Updates
VI.  Office Reports
VII.  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