As we near the end of 2016, I want to thank everyone for their input into the work the State Board of Education is doing to develop a new accountability system for our schools under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and highlight some important decisions that will be made in the coming weeks.
First, I want to thank everyone who provided testimony at the State Board of Education’s November 16 public meeting. The Board heard loud and clear that the community wants to see our city look beyond test scores as we evaluate our schools under the new ESSA regulations. We look forward to working with the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) in updating the draft proposal to include more emphasis on individual student growth, a survey of school climate and culture, and other performance measures (in-seat attendance, re-enrollment, etc).
It’s not too late to make your voice heard. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with your thoughts.
There are also a number of other education topics of interest happening in our community.
The State Board, at our November public meeting, also voted to approve OSSE’s promulgation of new regulations for residency verification. The regulations are designed to clarify the policies and procedures required to ensure District residents have access to available space at local schools. They provide clear definitions for how to establish residency and custody while ensuring that vulnerable populations are protected. I look forward to approval of the final regulations later in the spring and working with the City Council in the spring to update the documents that can be utilized to prove residency.
Updates from DCPS
Councilmember David Grosso and the Committee on Education will hold a series of public roundtables on the nomination of Mr. Wilson. They will be held:
- Wednesday, November 30, 2016 - 5:00pm - Brookland Middle School - 1150 Michigan Ave NE
- Monday, December 5, 2016 - 5:00pm - Benning Neighborhood Library - 3935 Benning Road NE
- Thursday, December 8, 2016 - 10:00am - John A. Wilson Building - 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
For details or to sign-up to speak, click here.
Updates from DC Public Charter School Board
The Public Charter School Board released its rankings of the best performing public charter schools. You can see coverage of the release here.
School Modernization -- Maury ES Expansion
Additional Modernization / Facility Updates
DCPS is soliciting nominations to serve on the Eliot-Hine SIT. The SIT committee members participate in the development of the school education specifications and schematic design and assist with disseminate information about the progress of the school improvement to their peers and constituencies represented on the School Improvement Team. You can learn more here or apply to serve here. I hope to see each of Eliot-Hine’s feeder schools have a seat at the table for this project.
Outstanding Work Orders
I want to give my Thanks to Councilmember Allen for pushing DGS and DCPS to provide updates on outstanding modernization and work orders. Nearly every school in Ward 6 is affected in some way by the list of delayed modernization and stabilization projects as well as general repair work orders. These delays have a considerable impact on the achievement of our students and I applaud CM Allen for his work in ensuring that long-outstanding work orders are closed and that updates are provided to our community.
Thanks for your support.