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State Board Votes to Establish #ESSA Task Force at April Public Meeting

Thursday, April 13, 2017
SBOE Moves to Include Historically Marginalized Voices

Washington, DC - The DC State Board of Education (SBOE) will hold its monthly public meeting on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at 5:30 pm in the Old Council Chambers at 441 4th Street NW. The State Board continues its work on implementing the next phase of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). State Board members will vote on the creation of an ESSA Advisory Task Force that will help to advise the SBOE over the next year.

With this newly formed task force, the State Board will conduct community roundtables and focus groups to gather input on a new school report card from essential District education stakeholders. The task force will consist of SBOE representatives and a variety of participants including DC Public/Public Charter school students and teachers, business representatives, national education experts, and a representative from the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE).

The State Board voted last month to approve the new state accountability plan drafted by the OSSE. Work on the plan is not completed, however. The plan approved by the SBOE included provisions for the inclusion of additional measures on items like high school academic growth, school climate, and well-rounded education once those measures were fully explored and piloted. For additional information about ESSA, please visit

Individuals and representatives of organizations who wish to comment at a public meeting are asked to notify Board staff in advance by phone at (202) 741-0888 or by email at [email protected]. Individuals should furnish their names, addresses, telephone numbers, and organizational affiliation, if any, by the close of business on Tuesday, April 18, 2017 and should submit one (1) electronic copy of their testimony in advance for the permanent record.

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. Approval of the Agenda
IV. Approval of Minutes
V. Comments from the President of the DC State Board of Education
VI. Comments from the State Superintendent of Education
VII. Public Comment
VIII. ESSA Task Force Resolution (VOTE)
IX. 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