February 17, 2015, 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.
- Extension of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) Flexibility Waiver, OSSE
Learn more about the waiver here.
- By end of March, DC needs to submit updated ESEA flexibility waiver
- The substantive updates in this draft application include:
- DC’s transition to the Next Generation Assessments (NGAs);
- Increased flexibility to take high school level courses in middle school;
- Updated language related to OSSE’s State System of Support (SSOS);
- A requested pause in school classification during the assessment transition; and
- A proposed pause in the use of state assessment growth data for teacher evaluations.
- Opportunity to influence:
- Role of Assessments, how much we are assessing students
- Accountability plans
- Types of resources schools should get vis a vis school rankings
- Role of IMPACT
- End of summer, vote for new accountability framework
- OSSE committed to have meaningful public engagement
- OSSE’s support of students w/ disabilities (who qualify for any sort of IEP)
- OSSE will ask teachers/Principals these types of Qs
- Grants avail through this process for research
- Upcoming Committee on Education Performance Oversight Hearings – Schedule here.
ACTION: Encourage families to attend working groups and hearings.
- Questions to consider:
- Too much testing??
- How are teachers being evaluated? Are they being evaluated fairly? How do we get the best teachers in our schools and keep them?
- How are students with disabilities being supported?
- What was impact of the Proving What’s Possible/Student Satisfaction funding?
- Is the at-risk funding truly following the at-risk students?
- How is DCPS marketing its schools? How are the feeder patterns being promoted? How are 4th graders being engaged at the middle schools? Charter schools are out-marketing DCPS with fact sheets and open houses.
- Have assessments been done on impact of ½ time foreign language teachers in elementary schools?
- Possible CHPSPO/ANCs meeting with Deputy Mayor for Education to discuss education issues from our community’s perspective.
- Will reach out to ANCs to find dates. Sandra will contact 6b, Marty 6d, and Joe 6e.
- Modernization of our middle schools is an issue to discuss with the DME.
- Libraries update by Peter Macpherson
Next CHPSPO Meeting: March 17, 2015
February 21 10 to 11:30 am, Stuart Hobson Middle School, 410 E Street NE.
Meeting hosted by the Office of the State Superintendent of Education on the role of testing in our schools, how to close achievement gaps, and how to improve the quality of instruction for all students. This conversation is designed to get the public’s input on important topics in advance of the State Board of Education voting in March on a waiver to the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), commonly known as No Child Left Behind.
March 7 SWS Auction
March 13 Cluster Rocks Auction
March 14 Alchemy of Great Taste, Tyler Fundraiser
March 28 Maury at the Market
April 11 Anacostia Fish Bike Festival
May 6 Bike to School Day
May 17 Capitol Hill Classic
Upcoming Committee on Education Performance Oversight Hearings on FY 14/15
Wednesday, 2/18/2015, 10:00am, Room 123
- Public Charter School Board
- Bullying Prevention Taskforce
- Healthy Youth and Schools Commission
Thursday, 2/19/2015, 10:00am, Room 412
- District of Columbia Public Schools (Public Witnesses Only)
Tuesday, 2/24/2015, 10:00am, Room 500
- District of Columbia Public Schools (Government Witnesses Only)
Thursday, 3/5/2015, 10:00am, Room 412
- Office of the State Superintendent of Education
- State Board of Education
Tuesday, 3/10/2015, 10:00am, Room 123
- Deputy Mayor for Education
- District of Columbia Public Library System
Persons wishing to testify about the performance of any of the foregoing agencies may contact: Christina Henderson, firstname.lastname@example.org, or by calling 202-724-8191.