State Board to review DC Science assessment cut scores

Friday, September 27, 2019
Will discuss Student Advisory Committee and ESSA Task Force recommendations

Washington, D.C. - The D.C. State Board of Education (SBOE) will hold its regular monthly working session on Wednesday, October 2 at 5 p.m. in Room 1114 at 441 4th Street NW. At this month’s working session, the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) will provide SBOE with its recommended cut scores for each of the performance levels for the DC Science assessment (DC Science), and members are expected to continue their discussion of the recommendations from its 2018–19 Student Advisory Committee (SAC) and Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Task Force. The working session will be streamed live via Periscope for community members who are unable to attend in person.

DC Science is a new statewide test designed to gauge students’ understanding of the science content covered in the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Last month, OSSE presented to SBOE on the design of the assessment and how it will be scored. Panels of science educators in the District’s public schools also convened for a series of meetings to develop recommendations on cut scores. During this working session, OSSE will provide the State Board with its recommendations for cut scores for the following four performance levels:

Level 4 - Exceed Expectations
Level 3 - Met Expectations
Level 2 - Approached Expectations
Level 1 - Partially Met Expectations

A cut score is the numerical score that separates test takers into various performance categories. The State Board will consider three scores—one that separates students in Level 1 and Level 2, a second the distinguishes students between Level 2 and Level 3, and a final one that determines the students in Level 3 and Level 4. The State Board is expected to vote on cut scores during its October 23 public meeting.

In July, State Board members accepted final reports from the School Year 2018–19 Student Advisory Committee (SAC) and the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Task Force. SBOE will continue to discuss the recommendations from both reports at the October working session.

State Board members will also engage on key education policy issues that have been raised in their Teacher Retention, Well-Rounded Education, Social Studies Standards, and Research Committees.

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 at [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 and submitted testimony and presentations, please visit the SBOE meeting documents site.

The draft agenda for the working session 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. Leadership Report

    IV. Executive Director’s Report

    V. DC Science Assessment

    VI. ESSA Task Force Report

    VII. Teacher Attrition Report

    VIII. Committee Reports

    IX. New Business & Other Discussion

    X. Adjournment

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