About the D.C. State Board of Education

The D.C. State Board of Education (SBOE) is an independent agency within the District government that advises the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE), which is the District’s state education agency. There are nine elected representatives on the State Board, each representing their respective wards, with one member representing the District at large, and two appointed student representatives. 

The State Board has approval authority over many statewide regulations, including accountability frameworks, school report cards, attendance, residency, graduation requirements, and teacher preparation programs. State Board members engage with their community members to promote academic achievement and equity through policy leadership, engagement, support, advocacy, and oversight.

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2020 in Review Part 3: D.C. State Board of Education Annual Report

Dear Residents of the District of Columbia, This is not the year we expected. Our city, our school communities, and the State Board’s agenda planned for 2020 were changed in unprecedented ways by the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, schools were forced to suddenly close this spring, and, as of now, our city is stillContinue reading “2020 in Review Part 3: D.C. State Board of Education Annual Report”

2020 in Review Part 2: Office of the Ombudsman for Public Education Annual Report

By: The Office of the Ombudsman for Public Education What is an Ombudsman? The word “ombudsman” is derived from a Swedish word meaning “entrusted person” or “grievance representative.” The word has come to denote a trusted agent who looks after the interests of a group. The Office of the Ombudsman for Public Education is anContinue reading “2020 in Review Part 2: Office of the Ombudsman for Public Education Annual Report”

2020 in Review Part 1: Office of the Student Advocate Annual Report

By: Office of the Student Advocate What is the Office of the Student Advocate? The DC Office of the Student Advocate guides and supports students, parents, families, and community members in navigating the public school system in D.C. Our mission is to empower D.C. residents to achieve equal access to public education through advocacy, outreach,Continue reading “2020 in Review Part 1: Office of the Student Advocate Annual Report”


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In 2020, the State Board continued its commitment to amplifying community voice, especially as the COVID-19 pandemic has interrupted life as we know it. The State Board, in partnership with the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE), has kicked off the revision of D.C.’s social studies standards. Building off of its previous work, the State Board has also continued its research on teacher attrition, releasing survey findings on the issues contributing to teacher departures from public schools in the District and a baseline of data across both education sectors. Throughout its work, the State Board has used its platform to bring community voice to the forefront of the policymaking process.

Don’t miss a meeting

The State Board meets regularly every month: working sessions are on the first Wednesday of every month at 5 pm and public meetings are on the third Wednesday of every month at 5:30 pm. Meetings are normally held at One Judiciary Square, 441 4th St. NW, unless otherwise specified.

Can’t make the meeting? No worries! We keep records of all meeting documents on our information sharing website, Simbli, and post livestreams of our meetings on our Youtube channel.

Policy and Research

Teacher Retention

Teacher attrition—the rate at which educators leave their schools on a yearly basis to teach at another school or exit the profession—is a persistent challenge for school districts nationwide. The State Board has continued to prioritize this issue since the release of its first report in October 2018.

Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)

Following the passage of the District of Columbia’s state Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) plan in early 2017, the State Board moved to create a stakeholder task force. In June 2019, the Task Force concluded its activities after two years of meetings at work with OSSE on the DC School Report Card.

Education Standards

The State Board of Education is responsible for approving state academic standards. The State Board is also responsible for ensuring that those standards specify what students are expected to know and be able to do, contain coherent and rigorous content, encourage the teaching of advanced skills, and are updated on a regular basis.

Social Studies Standards

A revision is overdue—the current social studies standards in D.C. were last revised in 2006. This revision process presents an opportunity for the District’s social studies standards to be culturally responsive, anti-racist, to impart important social studies content in the early grades, strengthen student knowledge of democratic principles and values, and promote civic engagement.

Graduation Requirements

In June 2017, the State Board announced the formation of the High School Graduation Requirements Task Force. With a clear focus on ensuring that all students across the District succeed in college and career, this task force reviewed, analyzed and, as necessary, made thoughtful, implementable recommendations to adjust DC’s high school graduation requirements for all DCPS and public charter students.

Student Advisory Committee (SAC)

The SAC serves as the voice of students in the State Board’s work. They are consulted on issues of policy before the Board. The SAC meets at least once per month. Each year, the Committee sends the SBOE a report on a matter of importance to District students, providing recommended next steps. If rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors are interested in joining, contact us at sboe@dc.gov

School Accountability

The State Board of Education is responsible for approving the District of Columbia’s statewide accountability plan. That plan, which is required by federal law, promotes transparency and provides important information for parents, policymakers, and education stakeholders.