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State Board Discussion of #ESSA Accountability Plan Continues

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Washington, DC- The DC State Board of Education (SBOE) announces its monthly working session on March 1, 2017 will be held at 5:00 p.m. in Room 1114 at 441 4th St NW. The SBOE will continue to build on previous discussions and public engagement related to the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). In community meetings held this month, co-hosted with the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE), the SBOE has heard directly from residents on the draft ESSA accountability plan. Public comment on the draft plan released by OSSE continues through March 3, 2017.

The SBOE looks forward to sharing feedback from these community meetings with OSSE as it prepares for the requested March vote on a final plan. In March, the SBOE will hold an additional working session to go over the final plan with OSSE and an additional public meeting to consider approval of the plan. DCPS Chancellor Antwan Wilson will also join the SBOE on March 14 at 6:00 p.m. to discuss with SBOE priorities for public schools in the District.

Event Name Date Time Location Room
Working Session Tuesday, March 14, 2017 4:00 p.m. 441 4th St. NW Room 1117
Public Meeting Wednesday, March 22, 2017 5:30 p.m. 441 4th St. NW Old Council Chambers

For additional information about ESSA, including upcoming engagement opportunities and previous meeting materials, please visit and

During this working session, the SBOE will also review a resolution approving an update to District-wide physical education standards. These academic standards will cover all students from pre-kindergarten through high school. OSSE’s Division of Health and Wellness is currently soliciting public feedback on the proposed updated Physical Education standards. The proposed standards can be found on OSSE's website. OSSE is proposing that DC largely adopt the National Physical Education standards developed by SHAPE America with a few minor changes. Please share your comments regarding the proposed Physical Education standards by Friday, March 3, 2017.

Finally, OSSE will present final version of proposed residency regulations for the State Board to review. At the November 2016 public meeting, the SBOE approved new proposed residency regulations designed to clarify residency policies and procedures required to ensure District residents have access to available seats at local schools, and when extra space is available, non-resident students enrolled in a public school pay non-resident tuition. The State Board is committed to providing a balance between ease of verification and ensuring that District students have the first shot at seats in District schools.

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.

  1. Call to Order
  2. Announcement of a Quorum
  3. Physical Education Standards
  4. Residency Requirements
  5. Every Student Succeeds Act
  6. Committee Updates

i. ESSA Committee

ii. Engagement Committee

iii. Educational Excellence Committee

iv. Administration & Budget Committee

VII. Office Reports

      i. Ombudsman

      ii. Chief Student Advocate

      iii. Executive Director

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