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State Board Adds Two #ESSA Working Sessions in January

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Washington, DC - The DC State Board of Education (SBOE) will add two additional working sessions this month to continue its important work on the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The first additional working session will be held on Friday, January 13, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. The second additional working session will be held on Tuesday, January 24, 2017 at 3:30 p.m. Both working sessions will be held at 441 4th St NW in Room 1117.

The first additional working session on Friday, January 13, 2017 will build on previous discussions and public engagement around the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). At our working session earlier this month, the Office of the State Superintendent (OSSE) presented an updated timeline for engagement and updated frameworks with proposed metrics/weights on specific accountability indicators. The SBOE looks forward to discussing further questions with OSSE and the chance to provide feedback during this working session.

At the second additional working session on Tuesday, January 24, 2017, the SBOE welcomes Scott Pearson, the Executive Director of the DC Public Charter School Board. Mr. Pearson will review the recently released School Quality Reports with Board members. The Performance Management Framework (PMF) is used to produce annual detailed School Quality Reports for each public charter school in the District. This discussion will help ensure that Board members have a complete picture of the District’s accountability landscape.

ESSA implementation begins in the 2017-18 school year. As part of this transition, the city will be implementing a new statewide accountability system. Working together, the SBOE and OSSE are continuing to gather input on the design and development of the system. The public can provide input by testifying at an upcoming public meeting or by submitting comments via email at [email protected]. For more information about ESSA, including upcoming engagement opportunities and previous meeting materials, please visit sboe.dc.gov/essa and osse.dc.gov/essa.

The working sessions are 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 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 sboe.dc.gov.