Capitol Hill Public Schools Parent Organization
Capitol Hill Montessori@Logan 215 G Street, NE
June 21, 2016, 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.
1. Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Requirements (http://sboe.dc.gov/page/essa-updates) – Sean Chalk, SBOE
- Federal accountability law, replacing NCLB.
- New accountability system
- NCLB primarily rested on testing, for ESSA testing is still 51% (or more) of state measure… SBOE is collecting input on what we (DC parents, teachers, agencies want the balance (49% of state measure) to be
- 6 month process to roll out new system
- What you should know about ESSA (presentation) http://sboe.dc.gov/sites/default/files/dc/sites/sboe/page_content/attachments/5-20-16%20ESSA%20Presentation%20-%20FINAL.pdf
- Title 1 funding (federal) is tied to ESSA.
ACTION: Online form to collect feedback: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1nzsoTYtSBTxXM8sX3ClnWrLXJuLV82g1COkTHdAeqrM/viewform?c=0&w=1
What do we think makes a great school?
- School climate/school safety
- Climate: ask student questions about how they feel about their school, welcoming, do they understand what they need to do to be successful?
- Are practices unbiased?
- Parent involvement: encouraged? Retribution? Have a PTA/PTO?
- Teachers: their voice. Do they trust leadership? Do they trust each other?
- U of Chicago – 5 essentials of great schools: https://uchicagoimpact.org/5essentials
- Things that go beyond testing subjects: arts, music, phys ed., library studies, science, history, foreign language
- How to measure this?
- Health, mental health, social/emotional learning, conflict resolution, bullying prevention
- DC among first to test health education; DC CAS health test: AIDS, teen pregnancy prevention (8th and 10th grades)
- Nutrition; physical activity
- How the school handles adverse childhood experiences; homelessness incarceration, divorce, exposure to drug abuse
- School cohesion (ex: Tyler Spanish + Creative Arts… programs are not cohesive)
- Special populations
- English learners, new arrivals
- Homeless populations
- There are provisions to measure special populations. Are we looking at growth or end results?
What’s the role of testing, and what should we be looking for through the tests?
- PARCC for schools, but not for students and teachers, but DIBELS, etc used by teachers to assess students. What about better use of testing w/ a goal to test less. NEED audit to assess testing – how much are students testing, how much are they being prepped for tests,
- Growth: Assess at beginning and at end of year to test for growth w/in a school year
- Review data currently collected, which could be used towards measuring (climate, health, etc…); what do we need to fill in the gaps?
- Assign weight to the selected indicators’
2. DCPS Education Specifications – DCPS Facilities Team – Josh Tuch
- Ed spec = guidebook handed to architects when designing a new school
- DCPS is in process of taking over leadership/ownership of Modernization process from DGS
- Updating ed specs for the first time in 10 years
- Met w/ all wards, principals, offices
- Seeking to develop menu of baseline options; Not cookie cutter, site-specific ed specs
- Ed specs will defer to local code
- ‘future proofing’ so that school is flexible as tech/times evolve
- Note: Ed spec does not define whether full or partial modernization
- Presentation: http://www.21csf.org/csf-home/DocUploads/DataShop/DS_424.pdf
Process (for Ed Spec update):
- DCPS Expert Interviews and Visioning > Community Input > Document Development & Publication > Site Specific Ed Specs (for individual schools)– Community Input
- Finalize Interviews/Collect Feedback (Spring 16) > Publish Final Documents (Summer 16) > Collect Community Feedback on Final Document (Fall 16) > Develop Site Specific Ed Spec Policy (Fall 16)
- Going to engage specific focus groups around grade configuration specs (elementary, middle, high, K-8, etc)
- Note: Second opportunity for community feedback in the Fall. (reactions to draft)
- Sample Design Concepts (see presentation)
- See brainstorming outcomes (attached photo)
- DCPS needs to have a process around stabilization, (along with modernization)
- Community should be meeting with Nathanial Beers or Bridget Stesney to address gaps in stabilization and modernization processes (examples: Jefferson has been unable to kick off, in spite of having funds in place. Maury has had to restart process to reflect accurate enrollment projections – which were difficult to obtain.)
- NOTE: Dr. Beers told council they were anxious to begin community engagement w/ Jefferson, but this has not transpired
- Community has heard conflicting plans around engagement for CIP? Need to improve approach for engagement.
- CIP needs to be revisited for Ward 6, from a feeder-pattern perspective (Ex: Eliot-Hine swing space, is this the most sensible use of space, when Eastern will likely be over-enrolled in a few years?)
- DCPS (Josh/Sharona Robinson) to send to CHPSPO (by way of Suzanne Wells)
- Current Ed Specs (DRAFT Orr Educational Specification 10-01-15 were shared)
- DCPS SIT process presentation
- DCPS Facilities Team will schedule a Ward 6 community meeting with DCPS leadership to begin a discussion on the stabilization plans for Ward 6 that incorporates accurate enrollment projections and accurate accounting of prior facilities improvements, along with plans for meaningful community engagement.
Next CHPSPO Meeting: July 19, 2016
Cross Sector Collaboration Task Force
June 28, EducationCounsel, (101 Constitution Ave, NW Suite 900), 6 – 8 pm
DC Council Hearings (confirm these, as times/rooms sometimes change)
June 22, Joint Oversight Hearing on Lead Testing in Public Facilities, 10 am, Room 500
July 4th Parade, Barracks Row