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State Board Invites OSSE to Provide Updates on Social Studies Standards

Friday, January 27, 2023
Reviews Committee Structure

Washington, D.C.—The D.C. State Board of Education (SBOE) will hold its monthly working session on Wednesday, February 1 at 5:00 p.m. The working session will be held in-person; however, in-person attendance will be limited to members and staff of the State Board, as well as invited guests. The meeting will be streamed live on for public viewing. Materials for the State Board meetings can be found on the State Board website.  

The State Board invites the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) to continue conversation around the draft social studies standards. OSSE has extended the public comment period to February 10, 2023, to allow the public more time to review the standards and provide feedback. OSSE will also consider opportunities to engage with the public to answer questions and provide more context around the draft standards. Provide feedback on the draft social studies standards here. 

The State Board will take time to review and discuss 2023 work and committee assignments, specifically thinking about what changes to the committee structures and bylaws they would like to implement. Some committee assignments will be presented and voted on at the February 15 Public Meeting.  

The State Board will also share updates on its work related to menstrual health standards, the Healthy School Facilities panel at the February 15 Public Meeting, and a forthcoming Education Governance Report. 

While working sessions are open to the public, individuals and representatives of organizations are not permitted to speak or participate. Individuals and representatives of organizations may submit written testimony for consideration by the State Board at any time. Written testimony must be submitted by email ([email protected]) at least 48 hours in advance of the meeting, in order to be included in the official record. Materials received after that time will be included in the next official meeting record. To review the agenda or submit testimony and presentations, please visit the State Board’s website


Working Session Agenda 

Please note that the agenda may be altered, modified, or updated without notice. 

I. Call to Order

II. Announcement of a Quorum

III. Leadership Report

IV. Executive Director’s Report

V. Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) Update on Draft Social Studies Standards 

VI. Discussion of 2023 Work and Committee Assignments

      a. Overview of work planned by OSSE and the DC Council

      b. 2022 SBOE Call Log Analysis

      c. Discussion of 2023 Board Work

      d. Review of the process to update State Board Bylaws

      e. Discussion of Administrative Committee Membership

      f. Planning for March Working Session

VII. New Business and Other Discussion

VIII. Adjournment


About the SBOE

The D.C. State Board of Education is an independent agency within the Government of the District of Columbia that advises the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE), the District’s state education agency. The State Board is made up of nine elected representatives, each representing their respective wards, with one member representing DC at large, and four appointed student representatives. The State Board approves statewide education policies and sets academic standards, while OSSE oversees education within the District and manages federal education funding. More information about the SBOE can be found at

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