Key Takeaways - SBOE Education Updates

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November 1, 2017

DCPS Strategic Plan

DCPS Strategic Plan

At October's public meeting, Deputy Chancellor of Social, Emotional, and Academic Development Dr. Wanda Legrand, and Chief of the Office of Family and Public Engagement, Shanita Burney, presented the new District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) five-year strategic plan entitled “A Capital Commitment 2017-2022.” DCPS heard from more than 4,500 students, parents and community members in the development of this plan. Over the next five years, DCPS envisions a system where “every student feels loved, challenged and prepared to positively influence society and thrive in life.” The State Board looks forward to working with our partners at DCPS to ensure the vision of the strategic plan is achieved. Review the presentation deck here.

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#DCGradReqs Update

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Our SBOE #DCGradReqs Task Force held its sixth meeting on October 25, 2017. In case you missed our #FacebookLive broadcast, watch the replay here and review the minutes here.

Key Takeaways

  • Task force members reviewed portions of the District Official Code and Municipal Regulations that stipulate high school graduation requirements
  • Members reported out on group discussion work done prior to the meeting on identifying the purpose of the diploma and generating ideas to ensure credit can be awarded evenly across LEAs and schools
  • Recommendations and feedback from task force members will be reviewed and collated into a final statement on the purpose of a diploma prior to next meeting

Tell us what you think of our progress so far! Feel free to submit comments by emailing or by filling out an online form here. We encourage you to join our Facebook discussion group here to make your voice heard.

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#ESSATaskForce Update

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Over the past month, our task force members have held community focus groups on a new school report card that will be developed by the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE). The new school report card is being developed as part of the state plan OSSE submitted under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Feedback from students, parents, teachers, principals, and other education stakeholders is critical to helping OSSE build an effective tool to help us improve our schools. These focus groups offer opportunities for community members to share what they want to see in DC’s new school report card.

Key Takeaways from Completed Focus Groups

  • Parents have questions about the STAR rating system and would like to continue discussions to learn more about how it will be implemented
  • Parents were eager to participate in designing the school report card, and many were vocal regarding the qualifications of principals and teachers
  • Several parents focused on teacher retention and length of time a principal worked at a school
  • Parents were interested in attending additional sessions in the future so that they could stay involved and engaged
  • Participants noted the importance of teacher turnover data
  • Participants recommended that actual data should be accessible and linked to any scores or summaries

To find an upcoming focus group that you can attend, please visit The next task force meeting will be held on Tuesday, November 7, 2017 at 6:00 p.m.

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