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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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A Friday Trip to Amidon-Bowen: Remarks from Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona

By Emily Gasoi, Vice President and Ward 1 Representative On Friday, April, 30th I had the opportunity to hear our Secretary of Education, Miguel Cardona, speak during his visit to Amidon-Bowen Elementary School, which was his final stop on his ‘Help is Here’ School Reopening Tour. Not surprisingly, Secretary Cardona’s talk focused on his quest to reopenContinue reading “A Friday Trip to Amidon-Bowen: Remarks from Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona”

Presenting the State Board’s Teacher Retention Survey at the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Meeting and the ECDataWorks Building Resilient Data Analytics Conference

By Darren Fleischer, Policy Analyst As part of the D.C. State Board of Education’s (SBOE) commitment to public engagement, we have had the pleasure of presenting at three education-related conferences, sharing findings from the 2020 D.C. Teacher Attrition Survey.  The first education-related conference the State Board participated in was at the 11th Annual DC DataContinue reading “Presenting the State Board’s Teacher Retention Survey at the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Meeting and the ECDataWorks Building Resilient Data Analytics Conference”

SBOE #EdPolicy Roundup: April 2021 – Strategies for Successful School Librarian and Teacher Collaboration

This month, the D.C. State Board of Education (SBOE) continues its efforts to make education research and policy concepts accessible to all stakeholders in our communities. In honor of National School Library Month, the April #EdPolicy Research Roundup features one report: Strategies for Successful School Librarian and Teacher Collaboration from the American Association of SchoolContinue reading “SBOE #EdPolicy Roundup: April 2021 – Strategies for Successful School Librarian and Teacher Collaboration”

SBOE #EdPolicy Roundup: March 2021 – Family Engagement to Lead Education Policy

By Rachel Duff, Policy Fellow This virtual event was facilitated by Rebecca Winthrop, a Senior Fellow at the Center for Universal Education. The mission for the Family Engagement in Education Network through the Brookings Institution is for parents, families, and communities to have a real seat at the table of educational change. Their top three takeaways were

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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.

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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. Currently, the State Board is working with OSSE to revise the District’s social studies standards.

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

Accountability and Assessment

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.