Making the Grade: ESSA School Report Card Design Challenge

SBOE Team with Secretary Devos

By: Brian Robinson, Policy Fellow

Last week, the US Department of Education and the Data Quality Campaign welcomed policy makers, parents, researchers, educators, and students from all over the country to the Cleveland Park Library in Washington, DC. Our task was to work in groups to design a prototype for a school report card that meets the requirements of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). ESSA was signed into law in 2015 by President Obama and requires that state education agencies develop report cards for each school that provides accurate, accessible, and actionable data to the public.

Many states will assign letter grades (A-F) or stars (1-5) to schools based on a pre-determined formula that largely takes into account academic achievement and growth measured by student performance on statewide-standardized assessments. In D.C., policymakers have committed to a School Transparency and Reporting System (STAR) framework. All traditional public schools and public charter schools will receive a STAR rating (ranging from 1 to 5 stars, with 5 being the highest).

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SBOE Provides Feedback on Credit Recovery and Personalized Learning Plans

Feedback Photo

By: Alexander Jue, Policy Analyst

In October 2018, the DC State Board of Education (SBOE) was asked by two agencies to submit feedback and comments on a draft policy and a draft research report. The District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) solicited public comment on its draft credit recovery policy that they hope to implement in January 2019, while the Office of the District of Columbia Auditor (ODCA) reached out to SBOE asking for comments on a draft report highlighting options for a personalized learning plan pilot program in the District; the report is scheduled to be released in the coming weeks. Both agencies reached out to SBOE for feedback due to SBOE’s previous work over the past year in both of these issue areas.

Below are definitions from the National Survey on High School Strategies Designed to Help At-Risk Students Graduate (HSS) that provide a high-level definition of the two policy areas on which SBOE recently provided feedback.

  • Credit recovery – The HSS defines credit recovery as a strategy that encourages at-risk students to retake a previously failed course required for high school graduation and earn credit if the student successfully completes the course requirements. Credit recovery courses may be available online or in alternative settings and can be scheduled at different times to suit the needs of the student.”
  • Personalized learning plans – The HSS defines a personalized learning plan as a formalized process that involves students setting learning goals based on personal, academic, and career interests with the close support of school personnel or other individuals that can include teachers, school counselors, and parents. Personalized learning plans are developed in a way that identifies the types of skills students need to pursue their academic and career interests and the steps required to build those skills, which may be attained through traditional educational pathways or through other innovative delivery mechanisms.”

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State Board in the Community: October 2018

By: Paul Negron, Public Affairs Specialist

This month, State Board members ushered in Fall by attending community events, connecting with students and parents, and supporting local DC public schools and public charter schools.

Joe (Ward 6) supported student walkers at the annual #WalkToSchoolDay sponsored by CHPSPO.


Laura (Ward 1)
celebrated the grand opening of Rocketship Legacy Prep.

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SBOE Weekly Ed Links: 10-27-2018

Success at School

By: Paul Negron, Public Affairs Specialist

Check out the latest in education news and events here in the District and around the nation!

SBOE IN THE NEWS
Why are so many DC teachers leaving their jobs? | WTOP

City announces plan to use vacant Shaw site for Banneker expansion | DC Line

DC NEWS
Paying it Forward; DC Moms Teaming Up to End Childhood Hunger | Fox 5
Nothing pulls at the heartstrings like the thought of a child going hungry and three DC mothers are teaming up to Pay It Forward by working to solve childhood hunger in the District.

College admission test scores raise warning signs about math achievement | Washington Post
Scores on college admission tests for the Class of 2018 are sending warning signs about math achievement in the nation’s high schools.

Eight Cities – Washington, D.C. | Bellwether Education Partners
Washington, D.C. is a city of paradoxes: It is the capital of a nation that champions democracy, but its own citizens long lacked a democratic vote in their governance. As the seat of power of one of the world’s richest nations, D.C. sees nearly 17 percent of its residents living in poverty, much higher than the 12.3 percent national average.

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SBOE Weekly Ed Links: 10-20-2018

Colored Pencils

By: Paul Negron, Public Affairs Specialist

Check out our breakdown of the latest in education news here in the District and around the country.

SBOE IN THE NEWS
Report on DC teacher turnover in excess of national average prompts look at ways to improve retention | DC Line

DC NEWS
Mayor Says She Didn’t Know About Events That Led To Her Chancellor’s Resignation. This Report Says Differently | DCist
D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser has claimed for months that she didn’t initially know about the events which eventually led to the resignation of former schools Chancellor Antwan Wilson. However, a new report appears to challenge what the mayor knew, and when.

Mayor Bowser Announces New Partnership with Bard College | Mayor Bowser
Mayor Muriel Bowser and interim DC Public Schools (DCPS) Chancellor Amanda Alexander announced a new partnership between DCPS and Bard College that will provide students the opportunity to earn college credit and an associate degree from Bard College while earning their high school diploma. Opening in school year 2019-2020, Bard Early College High School will be a tuition-free, four-year, early college high school operated jointly by Bard College and DCPS.

D.C. partners with college to offer associates degree to high schoolers in poorest neighborhoods | Washington Post
The District’s public school system is partnering with Bard College in New York to open a school next fall that will allow students to graduate from high school with a two-year college associate degree.

Many families at acclaimed D.C. arts school cleared of enrollment fraud, school leaders and parents say | Washington Post
Administrators and parents at Duke Ellington School of the Arts say a significant share of families accused of residency fraud have been cleared of wrongdoing — an assertion that appears to undermine a high-profile investigation that rocked the acclaimed public arts school in the District.

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A “First Friday” at Briya Public Charter School

Briya Public Charter School

By: Alexander Jue, Policy Analyst

What does two-generation learning mean and how has it been implemented in the District? How do public schools establish themselves as the center of their communities? During a recent visit to Briya Public Charter School’s Fort Totten campus, I had the opportunity to witness this two-generation learning approach, as well as see the additional community and social services provided through the school’s partnership with Mary’s Center, a Federally Qualified Health Center community health center in the District.

  • Two-generation learning – Briya’s mission is to strengthen families through culturally responsive two-generation education. At Briya, parents and their young children learn together. Parents study English—from basic to advanced levels—and practice digital literacy and parenting skills. At the same time, their Pre-K–3 and Pre-K–4 children, as well as infants and toddlers, receive a high-quality early education in dual-language, project-based classes right across the hall. Parents and children also participate in intentional weekly Parent and Child Together (PACT) Time.
  • Briya and Mary’s Center partnership – For nearly 20 years, Briya and Mary’s Center have partnered closely to provide education, health care, and social services for families. Through this partnership—and their shared philosophy of social change—Briya and Mary’s Center exemplify how a public school can serve as the hub for a community.

 

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SBOE Weekly Ed Links: 10-05-2018

By: Paul Negron, Public Affairs Specialist

Here is our weekly rundown of the latest District education news and events!

SBOE IN THE NEWS
High Salaries, But High Turnover In D.C. Public Schools, Study Finds | WAMU

A Teacher’s Perspective on DC’s data-based Personalized Learning Program | Data Quality Campaign

D.C. Teacher Turnover Exceeds National Average, Report | Washington Informer

SCHOOL REPORT CARD UNDER ESSA
DC School Report Card At A Glance
STAR Framework At A Glance
2018-19 DC School Report Card and STAR Framework Technical Guide
OSSE School Report Card Site

 TEACHER TURNOVER REPORT
SBOE Teacher Turnover Report
DCPS Response to Teacher Turnover Report

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On the Agenda: #DCSafeRoutes Expert Panel

Safe Passage Panel 3 - 2018

By: Paul Negron, Public Affairs Specialist

As the new school year progresses, education stakeholders across the District continue to devise ways to improve safety for students traveling to and from school. At last month’s public meeting, we heard from experts, education advocates, school counselors, and parents on some of the biggest challenges District students face in getting to and from school safely. Organizations are working diligently every day to promote safe passage and inform community members about what they can do to help this process.

Our first panel featured Chief Student Advocate Faith Gibson Hubbard and Dan Davis, Student Advocate. Ms. Gibson Hubbard and Mr. Davis defined safe passage as “a student’s journey to school, their movement within school, and how they navigate their way home from school.” The types of student safety issues that were reported include violence, bullying, criminalized conduct, and transportation. Community members who need assistance can access the Office of the Student Advocate’s Safe Passage Resource Toolkit online, which was designed to create and sustain the safe passage of our students and communities based on the “6 E’s” from National Safe Routes to School: education, encouragement, engineering, enforcement, evaluation, and equity.

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SBOE Weekly Ed Links: 09-28-2018

By: Paul Negron, Public Affairs Specialist

We’ve collected the most important education news and upcoming events here in the District and around the country!

DC NEWS
Cracking code to ‘break the cycle’: STEM middle school opens in DC | WTOP
Digital Pioneers Academy is one of three new D.C. public charter schools that opened for the 2018-2019 academic year. Founded by education veteran Mashea Ashton, its mission is to prepare kids living in one of the city’s most underserved areas for a future in one of the world’s most in-demand fields: STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics).

Bowser Picks Former Consultant For Deputy Mayor Of Education | WAMU
Mayor Muriel Bowser has chosen Paul Kihn, a former consultant for D.C. Public Schools to be the District’s new Deputy Mayor of Education. As the highest education official in the city, Kihn would be charged with overseeing education agencies in the mayor’s office and developing a citywide education strategy for the city’s 91,537 students in public and public charter schools.

Bowser taps new deputy mayor for education from outside D.C. schools | Washington Post
D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D) announced Tuesday that an education consultant who occupied a top school system post in Philadelphia will serve as the District’s deputy mayor for education — one of the most powerful education jobs in the city.

Maisha Riddlesprigger: What it really means to be a DCPS principal | DC Line
Many people will tell you that the role of school principal in DC is hard. Well, it’s actually exhausting and sometimes it’s thankless. While all of those statements may be true, what often doesn’t make headlines is the tremendous joy and satisfaction you experience everyday knowing that you are preparing young people in DC to positively influence society and thrive in life.

DC Debuts Tiny Homes in Deanwood | Urban Turf
In the rain on Monday, the Department of Community and Housing Development (DHCD) unveiled a pair of tiny homes, constructed in the 1100 block of 50th Place NE in partnership with the DC Students Construction Trades Foundation. Students from the Academy of Construction and Design at IDEA Public Charter School in Northeast assembled the two houses, which were designed by Minim House.

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State Board in the Community: September 2018

By: Paul Negron, Public Affairs Specialist

This September, State Board members celebrated with students, parents, teachers and school leaders at back-to-school events around the District and sought feedback on the DCPS chancellor search!

Laura (Ward 1) listened to parent feedback during the Ward 1 DCPS chancellor forum.

 

Joe (Ward 6) welcomed the new members of the Student Advisory Committee to their first meeting of the year.

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