Community Feedback- ESSA
Congress recently passed a new education law called the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). ESSA requires DC to come up with a new plan for how to ensure our schools are doing their job, and how to support schools that are struggling. The DC State Board of Education (SBOE) and the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) want to hear about what you think should be included in that plan.

ESSA requires us to include a few things in the way we measure how good each school is:

• How many students take state assessments (such as PARCC)

• How many students earn proficient scores on those assessments

• How much growth students show on those assessments

• How many students speak fluent English

• Each high school's graduation rate

• At least one other indicator of school quality or student success to see how a school is doing (such as attendance rates, school safety, number of AP classes, etc.)

Our plan also has to show how we'll support schools that don't measure up to those standards. It also has to show how we'll provide support to schools with low graduation rates, and students from groups we know need extra help, like students learning English, students with disabilities, students from low-income families, and minority students.

This survey is a first step in the SBOE and OSSE's efforts to figure out what people in DC find important as we create our new plan.
Background Info
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Vision for DC Education
Based on your experience, what does a successful school look like to you and what qualities should a successful school possess?
Based on your experience, how would you measure a school's success at meeting students' needs?
ESSA requires that state accountability systems include at least one indicator of school quality or student success. Based on your experience, what indicator of school quality or student success do you think would be most meaningful?
Based on your experience, what types of support (“interventions”) should the District provide to low-performing schools? What types of supports have you seen be successful, based on your experience?
Based on your experience, what evidence would you want to see to know if a school is improving at meeting students' needs?
Additional Thoughts
Please provide any additional comments you may have.
We may want to hear more about your ideas for the District’s statewide accountability system. If are willing to be contacted by SBOE or OSSE staff in the future, please complete the information below.
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