School Climate in the District and Beyond

By Sandra Mansour, Policy Fellow School climate has always been an important area in education, but given the global COVID-19 pandemic, education officials are giving this area of schooling increasingly more attention. School climate does not refer to whether a school’s temperature is hot or cold, as the name might entail. Rather, while there isContinue reading “School Climate in the District and Beyond”

Elevating the Hidden Voices of a Community: Equity and Authentic Stakeholder Engagement

By Matt Repka, Policy Analyst In late October, the State Board attended the iNACOL Symposium in Palm Springs, California. iNACOL, short for the International Association for K-12 Online Learning, is a D.C.-area organization that advocates for online, competency-based, and personalized learning opportunities for students. Since 2017, the organization has expanded to focus more broadly onContinue reading “Elevating the Hidden Voices of a Community: Equity and Authentic Stakeholder Engagement”

SBOE #EdPolicy Research Roundup: January 2019

By: Alexander Jue, Policy Analyst Ensuring research and policy concepts are accessible to all stakeholders in our communities is important. Think tanks and policy-based organizations release reports and their findings on a regular basis, but some times the information contained within these reports can be difficult to navigate and understand to a more novice readerContinue reading “SBOE #EdPolicy Research Roundup: January 2019”

Making the Grade: ESSA School Report Card Design Challenge

By: Brian Robinson, Policy Fellow Last week, the US Department of Education and the Data Quality Campaign welcomed policy makers, parents, researchers, educators, and students from all over the country to the Cleveland Park Library in Washington, DC. Our task was to work in groups to design a prototype for a school report card thatContinue reading “Making the Grade: ESSA School Report Card Design Challenge”

SBOE Weekly EdLinks: 07/15/2018

By: Paul Negron, Public Affairs Specialist Here’s your weekly rundown of education local/national news and events here in the District. SBOE QUOTED IN THE NEWS D.C. Officials Irked by Report of Unlicensed Teachers | Washington Informer Statement on Mayor’s Veto of School Promotion and Graduation Fairness Emergency Act of 2018 | Markus Batchelor How 2Continue reading “SBOE Weekly EdLinks: 07/15/2018”

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”

Supporting Students’ Social, Emotional, and Academic Development

By: Maria Salciccioli, Senior Policy Analyst Earlier this month, I attended the Aspen Institute’s event: The Practice Base for How We Learn: Supporting Students’ Social, Emotional, and Academic Development. The event was cohosted with the National Commission on Social, Emotional, and Academic Development. I was interested to learn what they’d be saying, in part becauseContinue reading “Supporting Students’ Social, Emotional, and Academic Development”