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State Board Begins New Year with Discussion on #ESSA / Physical Education Standards

Thursday, December 29, 2016

(Washington, DC)  The DC State Board of Education (SBOE) will hold its first working session of the year on January 4, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. to discuss a number of important topics. The meeting will be held at 441 4th St NW in Room 1112.

This working session will build on previous discussions and public engagement around the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). At December’s public meeting, the Board heard testimony from a diverse panel consisting of three ESSA policy experts, a charter school Vice President of Policy, and a Ward 5 charter school parent about recommendations for our new school accountability plan. SBOE members will review and discuss the viewpoints presented as we remain on course to consider a final accountability plan in early 2017.

The SBOE is still eager to hear from you on potential accountability measures for schools that go beyond just test scores. The public can still provide input by testifying at an upcoming public meeting or by submitting comments via email at [email protected]. ESSA replaces No Child Left Behind (NCLB) and gives the District more flexibility in determining what constitutes a successful school, and what needs to be done to fix schools that are failing. For more information about ESSA, including upcoming engagement opportunities and previous meeting materials, please visit and    

At this working session, the SBOE will also hear a recommendation from the Office of the State Superintendent of Education on updating District-wide physical education standards. These academic standards will cover all students from pre-kindergarten through high school age. Physical education standards were last approved in 2008.

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].

This meeting of the State Board of Education will also include an Executive Session (non-public) to discuss personnel matters pursuant to D.C. Official § 2–575(b)(10). The members of the State Board will close the meeting upon an affirmative vote to take such action.

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. Physical Education Standards
IV. Every Student Succeeds Act
V. 2017 Administrative Items

i. Mission Statement
ii. Leadership Candidates
iii. Committees
iv. Censure Procedure

VI. Office Reports

i. Ombudsman
ii. Chief Student Advocate
iii. Executive Director

VII. Executive Session
VIII. 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