By: Paul Negron, Public Affairs Specialist
Here is our weekly rundown of the latest District education news and events!
SBOE IN THE NEWS
High Salaries, But High Turnover In D.C. Public Schools, Study Finds | WAMU
A Teacher’s Perspective on DC’s data-based Personalized Learning Program | Data Quality Campaign
D.C. Teacher Turnover Exceeds National Average, Report | Washington Informer
SCHOOL REPORT CARD UNDER ESSA
– DC School Report Card At A Glance
– STAR Framework At A Glance
– 2018-19 DC School Report Card and STAR Framework Technical Guide
– OSSE School Report Card Site
The D.C. school system has made enormous progress. These bills would set it back. | Washington Post
Editorial Board; Mayoral control gives the public someone to hold accountable. Council members who think more checks and balances are needed might want to consider whether they could be doing a better job of exercising their existing oversight responsibilities.
Universal Preschool Boosts Presence of DC Moms in the Workforce, Study Finds | Washington Post
Since 2009, the District’s traditional public and charter schools have offered tuition-free schooling for 3- and 4-year-olds in the hopes children from all backgrounds will start kindergarten on a more equal footing. Enrollment is not mandatory, but nearly 80 percent of young D.C. children attend public preschool.
With Rising Enrollment, D.C. Public Schools Likely to Top 100,000 Students Within a Decade | DCist
Public school officials in D.C. need to plan for an additional 12,000 students in public and public charter schools in the next 10 years, according to a study released today by the Office of the D.C. Auditor. The number represents a 13 percent increase in enrollment, pushing the total number of students in the system to over 100,000.
DC Mayor Bowser Sends Odd Message With Her Pick for New Deputy Mayor of Education | Washington Post
Analysis provided on Mayor Bowser’s hire of new Deputy Mayor of Education, Paul Kihn, 52, a former deputy superintendent of the Philadelphia school system and an education consultant affiliated with McKinsey & Company before and after that three-year stint.
Bullying Prevention Month: D.C.’s “Bullying Prevention Policy” | Patch
Americans need to stop wringing their hands and work at all levels to create a world safe from bullying. That’s one of the purposes of National Bullying Prevention Month, observed annually during October to bring attention to the problem and involve people in D.C. and nationwide in a conversation on how to create a world safe from bullying.
In D.C., Kids Ride Free, But They Can’t All Ride Alone. And That’s A Problem. | WAMU
Truancy is on the rise in both traditional public schools and charter schools in D.C., which has city officials taking a closer look at transportation.
New Hampshire Gets Permission to Participate in ESSA’s Innovative Assessment Pilot | Education Week
U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has given New Hampshire the green light to participate in the Every Student Succeeds Act’s Innovative Assessment pilot. The Granite State is now the second state to win approval. Louisiana got DeVos’s OK for the flexibility back in July.
How Do Districts Want to Spend Flexible ESSA Money? It Depends on Where They Are | Education Week
The Every Student Succeeds Act’s Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grants, better known as Title IV of the law, just got a huge boost, from $400 million to $1.1 billion. So what are districts going to do with those grants?
Mining Data to Advance Equity | Learning Policy Institute
This fall, we are beginning to see how states are taking steps to leverage ESSA to realize this equity promise.
Laying Down the Law on Bullying and Cyberbullying | E-School News
To get a better grip on a district’s bullying prevention responsibilities, eSchool Newsspoke with Tina Hegner, manager of research and development at PublicSchoolWORKS.
Want to boost test scores and grad rates? One Strategy: Help low-income families outside of schools | Chalkbeat
A large and growing body of research shows that poverty hurts students in school, but that specific anti-poverty programs can counteract that harm. These programs — or other methods of increasing family income — boost students’ test scores, make them more likely to finish high school, and raise their chances of enrolling in college.
Education Data Legislation Review: 2018 State Activity | Data Quality Campaign
Each year, the Data Quality Campaign tracks and analyzes legislation from all fifty states to gauge how leaders are looking to put data to work for students. While all stakeholders have a role in using data to support students, policymakers are uniquely positioned to legislate how this information is collected, linked, and protected to meet states’ education goals.
Kentucky advances new standards for high school diplomas | The Herald-Dispatch
Kentucky graduates nearly 90 percent of its high school seniors every year, one of the highest rates in the country. But last year, state officials said, only 65 percent of those graduates met standards preparing them for college or a career. That’s why the Kentucky Board of Education voted Wednesday to adopt something many other states are abandoning: exit exams.
DeVos investigates whether school transgender bathroom policy led to sexual assault | Politico
The Trump administration is investigating whether a Georgia school district’s policy allowing transgender students to use the bathroom of their choice led to the sexual assault of a 5-year-old girl.
These PARCC tests were just spared a death sentence | NJ.com
Gov. Phil Murphy’s proposal to eliminate four of the six PARCC exams for high school students never made it to a vote before the state Board of Education on Wednesday. Instead, the board revised Murphy’s plan and granted preliminary approval to end just one exam, the 11th grade English test, although many students will now take two fewer tests.
Are states providing adequate financial literacy education? | Brookings Institution
Missed Opportunities for Students with Disabilities | National Center for Learning Disabilities
Understanding the Every Student Succeeds Act – Parent Guide | U.S. Department of Education
Evaluating the Relationships Between Poverty and School Performance | Northwest Evaluation Association
Making ESSA’s Equity Promise Real: State Strategies to Close the Opportunity Gap | Learning Policy Institute
WEEK OF 10/8
10/9: SBOE ESSA Task Force
10/9: DC Public Education Master Facilities Plan Community Meetings – Roosevelt HS
10/10: How ESSA Affects YOU: Shifting Focus to Support Today’s Educators
10/11: DC Public Education Master Facilities Plan Community Meetings – Woodridge Library
10/12: Sharing Our Voice: What Students Think About School Mental Health
10/12: Strategies for Reducing Chronic Absenteeism and Improving Student Attendance
10/13: DC Public Education Master Facilities Plan Community Meetings – Kramer Middle School
WEEK OF 10/15
10/15: Public Oversight Hearing on Issues Facing District of Columbia Youth
10/15: Public Oversight Hearing on Issues Facing District of Columbia Youth
10/17-20: NASBE Annual Conference
10/20: East of the River Book Festival
10/20: EmpowerEd Teacher Voice Summit
WEEK OF 10/22
10/22: Public Hearing on “Students in the Care of D.C. Coordinating Committee Act of 2018”
10/24: SBOE Public Meeting
10/24: DCI Changemaker Session #8: Jack Jacobson
10/24-28: Council of the Great City Schools 62ND ANNUAL FALL CONFERENCE
10/25: 15th Annual AERA Brown Lecture in Education Research
10/25: Equity, Quality, and Access: How Do We Create Schools Worth Choosing for All?
10/27: ResearchEd Philadelphia
11/1: Public Hearing on B22-0951, the “School Safety Act of 2018″
11/13-15: SEF’s 2018 “The Politics of Equity” Forum