Latinos in College: Closing the Graduation Gap

By: Kit Faiella, Policy Fellow On April 17th, the Gallup Organization hosted a series of panels and speakers to discuss the closure of the Latino higher achievement gap in the United States. Before the presentation began, each audience member was presented with handouts which highlighted the facts and figures regarding the Latino population, and educationContinue reading “Latinos in College: Closing the Graduation Gap”

Vote Now for District Science Whizzes!

By: Maria Salciccioli, Senior Policy Analyst A group of three female students from Banneker High School made the top 10 in a national engineering contest sponsored by NASA. The winner will be determined by a vote, so they need your help! The dynamic trio – Banneker students Bria Snell, India Skinner and Mikayla Shariff – are referredContinue reading “Vote Now for District Science Whizzes!”

NAEP Results Are In

By: Abby Ragan, Policy Fellow On April 10th, practitioners, scholars, researchers, and advocates, including members of SBOE staff and Representative Wattenberg, gathered together to celebrate the release of the 2017 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) results, known as the Nation’s Report Card. The biennial assessment is considered one of the most reliable measures ofContinue reading “NAEP Results Are In”

Launch of the Youth and Family Calls to Action

By: Kit Faiella, Policy Fellow On April 6, 2018 the Aspen Institute hosted the launch of the “Youth and Family Calls to Action,” which are ambitious goals and demands emanating from the Aspen Institute’s National Commission on Social, Emotional, and Academic Development. The National Commission’s goal is to explore how to make social, emotional, andContinue reading “Launch of the Youth and Family Calls to Action”

Big Hairy Audacious Goals at Jefferson Academy

By: Abby Ragan, Policy Fellow Earlier this month, SBOE representatives Ashley Carter and Ruth Wattenberg joined SBOE staff in a visit to Jefferson Academy (JA), a DCPS community middle school located in Ward 6. The environment at Jefferson Academy during the SBOE visit was warm and welcoming from the moment we entered the building. EveryoneContinue reading “Big Hairy Audacious Goals at Jefferson Academy”

SBOE Visit to Meridian Public Charter School

By: Matt Repka, Policy Analyst Last month, SBOE staff visited the middle school campus of Meridian Public Charter School in the Columbia Heights neighborhood of Northwest Washington, DC. Meridian PCS, which first opened in the 1999-2000 school year, has a total enrollment of roughly 700 students from PK3 to 8th grade. The school’s mission isContinue reading “SBOE Visit to Meridian Public Charter School”

State Board in the Community: April 2018

By: Kit Faiella, Policy Fellow While the weather has been stubbornly cold, the cherry blossoms are due to hit peak bloom by this coming weekend. Spring will spring soon! Throughout the month of March, State Board members have been active in the community and continue to be a voice for education in the District. RuthContinue reading “State Board in the Community: April 2018”