SBOE Weekly Ed Links: 09-21-2018

By: Paul Negron, Public Affairs Specialist

Check out this week’s can’t-miss events and education news in the District and around the country!

SBOE IN THE NEWS
D.C. Council members look to curtail mayor’s control of city schools | Washington Post (Ruth)

Unionists elected to political office busy getting more unionists to run | People’s World (Ruth)

Parents, stakeholders still feel distrust in DCPS as search for chancellor and DME continues at town hall (Laura)

ESSA TASK FORCE
– September Monthly Meeting Video Recording
– September Meeting Twitter Thread
– September Meeting Presentation Slides

SCHOOL REPORT CARD
– OSSE’s Draft Report Card Mock-up (Presented to ESSA Task Force September 11)
– OSSE 2018-19 DC School Report Card and STAR Framework Technical Guide
– OSSE School Report Card Site

DC NEWS
Mayor Bowser alters panel that selects schools chief amid parents’ lawsuit | Washington Post
Facing a court battle, D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D) moved this week to alter the composition of the panel advising her on finding a schools chief — a decision that underscores the high stakes involved with installing a chancellor.

Thousands of additional students expected in public schools by 2026, new report says | DC Line
DC’s public school system has been plastered across scandal-driven headlines the past year, with city officials dealing with leadership turmoil, subpar graduation returns and allegations of attendance fraud. And, despite ongoing capacity challenges in parts of DC, education officials will likely have to find a way manage substantial enrollment growth over the next decade, according to a new report from the D.C. Policy Center.

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SBOE Submits Student-focused Recommendations on DCPS Chancellor Search

By: Paul Negron, Public Affairs Specialist

Today, the DC State Board of Education (SBOE), including the Student Representatives and Student Advisory Committee, urged Mayor Muriel Bowser to make certain that any candidate for chancellor of DC Public Schools (DCPS) possess at least six qualities. Many of the SBOE recommended qualities have been echoed in community forums and meetings across the District. The SBOE wants every student to be valued and have the opportunity to gain the skills and knowledge necessary to become informed, competent, and contributing global citizens.

The summary of recommended qualities for the mayor to consider when selecting the next chancellor was sent in a letter to Bowser this morning. The selected candidate must be insightful and proactive, committed to analyzing and sharing data with the public, committed to incorporating public trust from families, willing to innovate, capable and committed to championing DCPS, and focused on building relationships and rebuilding trust.

The State Board looks forward to  working alongside the Interim Deputy Mayor for Education and the Our Schools Leadership Committee as they work on synthesizing findings and recommendations prior to the selection.

SBOE Weekly Ed Links: 09-15-2018

By: Paul Negron, Public Affairs Specialist

Take a look at our weekly rundown of the top education news and events here in the District and around the country!

SBOE IN THE NEWS
Two State Board of Education incumbents face challengers, with three-way races for two open seats | DC Line (Ruth, Joe)

DCPS chancellor search continues with last of three community forums tonight | DC Line (Joe)

SEEKING HEALTHIER SCHOOL ENVIRONMENTS IN DC’S WARD 6: 9/13 ED TOWN HALL | We Act Radio (Joe)

SBOE ESSA TASK FORCE
September Monthly Meeting
September Meeting Twitter Thread
September Meeting Presentation Slides

SCHOOL REPORT CARD
OSSE’s Draft Report Card Mock-up (Presented to ESSA Task Force on Tuesday)
OSSE 2018-19 DC School Report Card and STAR Framework Technical Guide
OSSE School Report Card Site

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SBOE Weekly Ed Links: 09-08-2018

By: Paul Negron, Public Affairs Specialist

Check out our rundown of the latest news here in the District and nationwide.

SBOE IN THE NEWS
DC parents demanding answers of why kids are attending class near demolition site | (Joe)
FAKING THE GRADE: DCPS principals unhappy and uncertain | (Joe)
Parents, Community Weigh in on D.C. Schools Chancellor Pick | (Tatiana)

NATIONAL NEWS
Baltimore schools step up efforts to recruit, retain black teachers | WaPO
In a district where African American children made up about 80 percent of the student body last year, only about 40 percent of its roughly 4,900 teachers were black.

California’s first computer science standards set for approval | EdSurge
The State Board of Education is expected to adopt California’s first-ever computer science standards Thursday afternoon. The standards, while not mandatory, are expected to increase the number of computer science classes taught in California classrooms

The Pursuit of Equity | Bethesda Magazine
In a county that is growing more racially and economically diverse, MCPS is facing the challenge of ensuring equal learning opportunities for all students.

1 in 7 Students Found to Be ‘Chronically Absent,’ Report Finds | EdWeek
As schools prepare to face increased accountability for bringing down rates of chronic student absenteeism, a new report reveals the scale of the task. Nationwide, about 1 in 7 students was chronically absent, missing at least 15 school days during the 2015-16 year, according to an analysis of the most recent federal data that was released last week by the reseach-and-advocacy groups Attendance Works and the Everyone Graduates Center at Johns Hopkins University.

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On the Agenda: DME Update on DCPS Chancellor Search

DME Briefs SBOE on DCPS Chancellor Search

By: Paul Negron, Public Affairs Specialist

At this month’s working session held this past Wednesday, Interim Deputy Mayor for Education (DME) Ahnna Smith spoke to State Board members about the ongoing search for the new District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) Chancellor. Mayor Bowser launched the search process earlier this summer, appointing the Our Schools Leadership Committee (OSLC) to advise her on the selection and hold community meetings to gather information from residents. Deputy Mayor Smith shared feedback from the recently conducted Chancellor search community forums and asked State Board members for their thoughts on the process and the qualities needed in a successful Chancellor candidate. The goal of the OSLC is to serve as an advisory body that ensures that the feedback the mayor receives from the community is collected in a balanced, thorough, and equitable way. You can watch the lively discussion on our YouTube page.

Two out of the three scheduled forums have already taken place, at Cardozo Education Campus and Savoy Elementary School. Ms. Smith said that approximately 300 diverse stakeholders of students, parents, educators, and community members registered to attend the two events, and there are over 100 RSVPs for next week’s third and final forum at Brookland Middle School on September 11. During these community forums, people are being asked directly about how they feel about the current direction of DCPS, both positive and negative. The goal is to receive direct and frank feedback in order to make the best choice possible.

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SBOE Weekly Ed Links: 08-31-2018

By: Paul Negron, Public Affairs Specialist

Here’s our rundown of this week’s top education news and events in the District and around the country!

SBOE IN THE NEWS
Girls (Finally) Get Their Own School in Ward 8 | Afro (Markus)
Experts: State Test Scores Only One Measure of Student Progress | Afro (Karen)

NATIONAL
After Five Years, a Bold Set of Teacher-Prep Standards Still Faces Challenges | EdWeek
It has been five years this week since the teacher-preparation landscape was shaken up with the adoption of standards for accreditation that focused on evidence and outcomes, and teacher-training programs are still feeling the ripple effects.

Is Growth Mindset the Missing Piece in the Equity Discussion? | EdSurge
How does a school or district begin to tackle the seemingly insurmountable issue of equity? Decades of attempts at closing the persistent (and perhaps even widening) achievement gap, along with the knowledge that this is an immense and deeply historical issue to address, make it feel as if the task may be impossible.

Back to School by the Numbers: 2018 | EdWeek
Across the country, hallways and classrooms are full of activity as students head back to school for the 2018–19 academic year. Each year, the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) compiles some back-to-school facts and figures that give a snapshot of our schools and colleges for the coming year.

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State Board in the Community: August 2018

By: Paul Negron, Public Affairs Specialist

This August, State Board members celebrated with students, parents, teachers and school leaders at back to school events around the District!

Ashley (At-Large) and Marjoury (Student Representative) shared ideas with the team at an Every Day Counts! Task Force meeting.

 

Laura (Ward 1) participated in the ribbon cutting ceremony at the newly modernized Bancroft Elementary School.

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SBOE Weekly Ed Links: 08-26-2018

By: Matt Repka, Policy Analyst

Here’s our rundown of this week’s top education news and events in the District and around the country!

SBOE IN THE NEWS
Karen Williams: School can be a warm, exciting place to be | The DC Line
A student’s voice | David Grosso
Meet Marjoury Alicea, SBOE’s bilingual student representative | DC Language Immersion Project

NATIONAL
How Do You Get Better Schools? Take the State to Court, More Advocates Say | The New York Times
A lawsuit alleges that Minnesota knowingly allowed towns and cities to set policies and zoning boundaries that led to segregated schools, lowering test scores and graduation rates for low-income and nonwhite children. Last month, the state’s Supreme Court ruled the suit could move forward, in a decision advocates across the country hailed as important.

Schools add laundromats to battle absenteeism | CBS News
At schools across the country, officials are tackling student absenteeism by focusing on a non-educational problem: a lack of access to laundry facilities.

Bills and Bulletproof Backpacks: Safety Measures For A New School Year | NPR
As students prepare to go back to school, more and more parents are thinking about school safety. A recent poll found 34 percent of parents fear for their child’s physical safety at school.

Why School Spending Is So Unequal | Governing
Governing calculated per pupil current spending for all school districts in the nation with 100 students or more, using data from the Census Bureau’s 2016 Annual Survey of School System Finances. In most states, as in New Jersey, the top elementary-secondary school districts reported spending from two to six times more than those near the bottom.

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SBOE Weekly Ed Links: 08-17-2018

By: Paul Negron, Public Affairs Specialist

Check out our rundown of this week’s top education news and events in the District and around the country!

SBOE IN THE NEWS
Back to School: Time for All of Us to Get to Work! | Hill Rag

NATIONAL
Beyond Equality: Considerations for Equity in Schools | Eduwonk
Today, it’s become popular to extol the benefits of equity and to talk about virtually everything a school or district does as an equity activity. But in a world where almost everything is equity, how can we know if our individual efforts are working?

Closing the ‘Perception Gap’: With 3 in 5 Teachers Saying Students Are Not at Grade Level on First Day of School, New Digital Tool Offers Parents a ‘Readiness Check’ | 74
Most parents think their kids are ready for the next grade. In fact, 90 percent believe their child is academically on par with or above their peers in their grade.

Tennessee Department of Education Releases Report on Educator Diversity | TN DOE
Education Commissioner Candice McQueen today released a new report to provide insight on the racial and ethnic makeup of Tennessee’s student body and educator workforce, as well as outline where the department and districts across the state go from here. Additionally, for the first time, the department is releasing detailed demographic information by district to increase awareness and prompt further conversations.

Why Diversity Matters: Five Things We Know About How Black Students Benefit From Having Black Teachers | 74
Can an education profession overwhelmingly comprising whites and women effectively instruct surging numbers of pupils who do not resemble them? And if not, what can be done to introduce more diversity into the teaching ranks?

A Well-Rounded Education | CAP
Not that long ago, a high school diploma was a ticket to a middle-class job. Today, however, in too many states, earning a high school diploma might not even mean that students are eligible for college—let alone ready to succeed there.

The State of America’s Student-Teacher Racial Gap: Our Public School System Has Been Majority-Minority for Years, but 80 Percent of Teachers Are Still White | 74
Although America is becoming more diverse each year, and is expected to have a majority-minority population by 2044, the teaching force is not keeping up with the changing racial makeup of America’s children.

Teachers in the US are even more segregated than students | Brookings
An increasing amount of evidence shows that alignment in the racial or ethnic identity of teachers and students is associated with a range of positive student outcomes, from test scores to disciplinary actions to teacher expectations. Due to the underrepresentation of teachers of color in the current workforce, minority students stand to disproportionally benefit from efforts to increase teacher diversity.

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SBOE sees continued, but limited growth on PARCC test 

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By: Paul Negron, Public Affairs Specialist

During a press conference held last evening at the newly-modernized Bancroft Elementary School, Mayor Muriel Bowser, with Ward 1 Councilmember Brianne Nadeau, Interim Deputy Mayor Ahnna Smith, State Superintendent of Education Hanseul Kang, Interim DC Public Schools Chancellor Dr. Amanda Alexander, DC Public Charter School Board Executive Director Scott Pearson, and Principal Arthur Mola from Bancroft Elementary School publicly announced results for the 2017-18 statewide Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) exams. Overall, the percentage of District students who are on track for the next grade level and to leave high school prepared for college and career increased since last year. The full results can be found here.

The SBOE is encouraged by the increases in scores for almost all students, but remains concerned about the enormous gaps that remain between students of color and white students. The District’s scores for high school math and students with disabilities are also of particular concern. Statewide, the proportion of students meeting or exceeding expectations on the PARCC has increased gradually in each of the last two years, and the District is up 5.5 points in English language arts/literacy (ELA) and 4.8 points in math over 2014-15 levels.

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