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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In 2019, the State Board worked to elevate community voices through advocacy, engagement, and partnership with District government agencies and nonprofit organizations. The State Board adopted the final report of its ESSA Task Force after two years of community engagement on the District’s implementation of the federal law, and it provided a platform to constituents and education experts on important issues from educator preparation to state accountability. Through independent research, the State Board shed light on the issue of teacher retention—then worked to engage District leaders to take action via D.C. Council testimony at oversight hearings and the introduction of new legislation for the first time in the agency’s history. In all of their work, State Board members used their platform to speak out on behalf of the issues that matter most to District students and their families and will continue to do so in the new year.
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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 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.
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.
Social Studies Standards
A revision is overdue—the current social studies standards in D.C. were last revised in 2006. This revision process presents an opportunity for the District’s social studies standards to be culturally responsive, anti-racist, to impart important social studies content in the early grades, strengthen student knowledge of democratic principles and values, and promote civic engagement.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.