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State Board Reviews ESSA Amendment and Attendance Regulations

Washington, D.C.—The D.C. State Board of Education (SBOE) will hold its monthly working session on Wednesday, July 6, at 5:00 p.m. Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19), in-person attendance of the working session is limited to members and staff of the State Board; the working session will be streamed live on the State Board’s YouTube page for members of the public to attend. Materials for the State Board meetings can be found on our meeting website. For the most up-to-date information on the District’s COVID-19 response, please visit coronavirus.dc.gov

The Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) will present final materials related to its proposed amendment to the District of Columbia’s Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) State Accountability Plan. These materials include information related to how the proposed State Accountability Plan will improve equity and better reward academic growth. The State Board anticipates a vote on these final materials at its July 20 Public Meeting in order to ensure any changes will be implemented prior to the start of the 2022–23 school year. The proposed amendment and accompanying materials are available on the State Board website and we encourage members of the public to review them and let the State Board know your thoughts by emailing written comments to [email protected] before July 7.

OSSE will also present its emergency and proposed rulemaking to codify attendance collection procedures. The changes shift the so-called “80/20 Rule” to a “60/40 Rule” and lays out a new framework for attendance in distance learning. The State Board anticipates voting on the emergency and proposed rulemaking at its July 20 Public Meeting.

The D.C. State Board invites all residents—students, parents, guardians, and community members—to fill out a brief survey sharing experiences with the current education system in the District of Columbia as the State Board considers recommendations for what education governance should look like for residents. Please submit responses by Friday, July 8 at 5 p.m. Both English and Spanish versions of the survey are available. 

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, submit testimony, and presentations, please visit the State Board’s meeting documents site.

 

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. Interim Executive Director’s Report

V. Attendance Regulations

VI. Statewide Accountability Amendment

VII. Committee Reports

      i. Student Advisory Committee

     ii. Accountability & Assessment

    iii. Administrative

    iv. Board Governance

     v. Education Standards

    vi. Outreach and Advocacy

   vii. Teacher Practice and School Support

  viii. External Committees     

IX. New Business and Other Discussion

X. 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 sboe.dc.gov.

The Office of the Ombudsman for Public Education serves as an external, impartial resource for current and prospective public-school students and their parents or guardians in the resolution of complaints and concerns regarding public education in a way that furthers the students’ best interest. The Ombudsman’s Office uses conflict resolution strategies, including coaching, facilitation, and mediation, to assist families and schools experiencing disagreement or conflict.

The Office of the Student Advocate supports students, parents, and families in their advocacy through parent education, one-on-one coaching, resource supports, and trainings in order to amplify the voices of families and communities in processes and decision-making; to provide avenues for access to resources and understanding systems; and to support power families and communities already possess. Contact the Office of the Student Advocate Monday through Friday at (202) 741-4692 for questions or support with charter and neighborhood schools.

For the latest information on the District Government’s response to COVID-19, please visit coronavirus.dc.gov.

Contact: Milayo Olufemi

202-710-4641

[email protected]