State Board to Continue Discussions on ESSA, Residency Verification

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Washington, DC- The DC State Board of Education (SBOE) will hold its next working session on November 2, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. to discuss a number of important topics. The meeting will be held at 441 4th St NW in Room 805S.

At this working session, the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) will continue conversations with members of the SBOE around the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The November 2 working session will continue discussions related to the strawman developed by OSSE. SBOE ESSA Committee Chair Ruth Wattenberg will also discuss her committee’s recommendations for changes to the strawman. For those who want to offer feedback on the strawman, the ESSA Accountability Measures Survey remains open until Oct. 31, 2016, to gather input on what measures are important to identify a successful school.

Public engagement on the new accountability system is vital. Numerous opportunities for comment and participation will occur between now and SBOE consideration of the final accountability plan in Spring 2017. For more information about ESSA, including upcoming engagement opportunities and previous meeting materials, please visit and    

OSSE will also continue its discussion of new proposed residency regulations. These regulations are designed to clarify the residency verification policies and procedures required to ensure District residents have access to available seats at local schools. Public comment on the proposed regulations through OSSE closed on October 26, but additional information and comment is welcome prior to the SBOE vote on November 16, 2016.  If you would like to provide written comments, please email them to the SBOE at [email protected] with “Residency Regulations” in the subject line.

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].

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 Residency Proposed Regulations
IV. Every Student Succeeds Act Feedback Update
V. Committee Reports

 i. ESSA

ii. Governance

VI. Executive Director Report

 i. Retreat Agenda

ii. Annual Report Items

VII. Adjournment

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