State Board in the Community: May 2018

By: Paul Negron, Public Affairs Specialist In May, SBOE members criss-crossed the District visiting DCPS and charter schools, attending community events, and participating in important policy summits. Karen (Ward 7 / President) lauded District teachers for their exceptional contributions at the Gold Standard of Excellence Awards. Congrats to the winners of Gold Standard of Excellence:Continue reading “State Board in the Community: May 2018”

Diversity Matters: Getting Public School Choice Right

By: Maria Salciccioli, Senior Policy Analyst On May 15, Ruth Wattenberg (Ward 3 Representative) and I attended Diversity Matters: Getting Public School Choice Right. The event was sponsored by The Century Foundation (TCF) and hosted at the Newseum. The morning opened with the release of a new research report, National Snapshot of Charter Schools’ IntegrationContinue reading “Diversity Matters: Getting Public School Choice Right”

Not Losing Sight of Achievement Goals for All

By: Kit Faiella, Policy Fellow Between 2003 and 2015, the District of Columbia experienced large achievement gains for its students: double-digit gains in the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), a growth in attendance and graduation (despite recent setbacks), and more students reported satisfaction in their schooling. For a school district that struggled for soContinue reading “Not Losing Sight of Achievement Goals for All”

My Final Thoughts – Abby Ragan

By: Abby Ragan, Policy Fellow My name is Abby Ragan and I am finishing up a term as a Policy Fellow here at the State Board. I graduated magna cum laude from American University last December with a bachelor’s in International Relations. Although my background has been more in the nonprofit space, I later realizedContinue reading “My Final Thoughts – Abby Ragan”

Implications of the 2017 NAEP Results

By: Kit Faiella, Policy Fellow On April 25th, three big names in education policy research gathered to discuss the implications of the 2017 National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP) results. All three are senior fellows at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution. Chester Finn is the president emeritus of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute and a memberContinue reading “Implications of the 2017 NAEP Results”

The Future of American Schools is Bright

By: Abby Ragan, Policy Fellow On April 25, The Hamilton Project at the Brookings Institute and George W. Bush Institute co-hosted a forum called “Beyond Reading and Math: How to Accelerate Success for Students.” Under the new federal school accountability law, ESSA, states and schools now have the ability to both widen the definition ofContinue reading “The Future of American Schools is Bright”

SBOE Stops By Seaton Stingers

By: Kit Faiella, Policy Fellow On April 19, State Board of Education members Ruth Wattenberg (Ward 3), Joe Weedon (Ward 6), and staff members from SBOE and the Ombudsman’s office visited Seaton Elementary School, located a few blocks northeast of Logan Circle in Shaw. An enthusiastic and multicultural school, the Stingers are a very diverseContinue reading “SBOE Stops By Seaton Stingers”

State Board in the Community: April 2018

By: Kit Faiella, Policy Fellow Spring has officially sprung for State Board members! This past month, the members of the Board participated in and attended enlightening and fascinating events around the District. Ashley (At-Large) read to students at Cedar Tree Academy as part of the Read Across DC Campaign. I had such a fun timeContinue reading “State Board in the Community: April 2018”

Foundations Give Back to DC Schools

By: Maria Salciccioli, Senior Policy Analyst LaSalle-Backus Education Campus was the recipient of a generous library transformation grant from the Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation, Heart of America, and the Dale Jr. Foundation. The school, located in Ward 4, won the award because its students showed a consistent commitment to literacy through the Redskins Read Program.Continue reading “Foundations Give Back to DC Schools”