Key Takeaways from the SBOE

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Key Takeaways from the SBOE

April 2019

Public Testimony

Public Testimony

In April, the SBOE convened panels on school climate at our ESSA Task Force meeting and high school growth at our public meeting. Members engaged with experts on what school climate measures work in other states and discussed different ways to measure student and high school growth in public schools. DCPS Chancellor Ferebee met with State Board members to discuss his vision for DC Public Schools. SBOE staff also hit the streets to publicize the application for next year’s Student Representatives and members of the Student Advisory Committee.

Make your voice heard. All students, parents, educators, & community members can testify on education issues at every public meeting. Call us at (202) 741-0888 or email to sign up! The deadline to sign up for our May 15 public meeting is May 13, 2019 COB.


2019 SBOE Members

Ruth Wattenberg
President, Ward 3

Markus Batchelor
Vice President, Ward 8

Ashley MacLeay
Emily Gasoi
Ward 1
Jack Jacobson 
Ward 2
Frazier O’Leary
Ward 4
Zachary Parker
Ward 5
Jessica Sutter
Ward 6
Karen Williams
Ward 7

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May 2019

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Expert Panel on High School Growth

At our April public meeting, experts from non-profits, local and national education policy organizations, and universities presented on different ways to measure student and high school growth in public schools.

You may review the presentation materials online. The SBOE panel of academic growth experts included:

  • Josh Boots, EmpowerK12
  • Taryn Hochleitner, Data Quality Campaign
  • Cara Jackson, Bellwether Education Partners
  • Stephen Kostyo, Learning Policy Institute
  • Jack Schneider, UMass Lowell
  • Betsy Wolf, Center for Research and Reform in Education, Johns Hopkins University
High School Growth Panel 1 April 2019

Jack Schneider, Stephen Kostyo, and Taryn Hochleitner testify during April 2019 public meeting

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DCPS Chancellor Ferebee Meets with State Board Members

Dr. Ferebee joined our April working session, sharing his priorities for the coming months: early childhood education attendance, principal retention, transparency in the DCPS budgeting process, and transportation to and from school.  He also shared that DCPS was working on ways to improve transparency in the school budget process and would release new graduation, college, and career guides to all juniors and seniors by the end of the month.

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School Climate Panel at ESSA Task Force

ESSA Task Force March 2019

ESSA Task Force 2019

In April, task force members welcomed representatives from the Learning Policy Institute and Education Counsel to learn more about school climate measures and recent work in other states. Representatives from the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) provided an update on school climate as it relates to the District’s accountability framework. You may review the presentation materials online.

For more information on the work of the task force and copies of minutes and video recordings, please visit

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Office of the Student Advocate 

Faith Gibson Hubbard

Outgoing Chief Student Advocate Faith Gibson Hubbard

"This experience has been life-changing for me. I am so proud of the great work we’ve accomplished during my tenure at the Office of the Student Advocate, and I am excited about the great work on the horizon."

~ Outgoing Chief Student Advocate Faith Gibson Hubbard

Read Faith's Letter to the Community

Student Representative / Student Advisory Committee Application

The application period for new Student Representatives and members of the Student Advisory Committee (SAC) for SY 2019–20 has now closed! Thank you to all students who applied. We will announce our new Student Representatives and members of next year’s Student Advisory Committee by the end of May.

Office of the Ombudsman for Public Education

Ombudsman Services 2019

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#SBOESelfieTour April 2019

#SBOESelfieTour to Promote Student Voice

In April, SBOE staff visited District high schools to pass out flyers and information on the application process for school year 2019–20 Student Representatives and SAC members.

Upcoming May Events

May 2019 Events

SBOE Calendar

OSSE School Climate Conference

We hope to see you at OSSE's first School Climate Conference on Friday, May 10 at the Kellogg Conference Hotel at Gallaudet University. Haven't registered yet? There's still time to RSVP!

School Climate Fair May 2019

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