Capitol Hill Public Schools Parent Organization
Watkins Elementary School
September 19, 2017
6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Implementation of the OSSE State Plan, Shana Young, Chief of Staff, OSSE
The DC state plan (also called the ESSA plan) details the accountability and support system for all public schools in DC. As a part of the state plan, states are required to create a unified report card that will help families understand how schools are performing.
The goal of the meeting was for OSSE to share a vision for the statewide report card to communicate school performance and progress to the public. State report cards will include federally required information as well as other information open for public input. Shana Young shared that OSSE plans to work with PCSB and DCPS to share a common set of information across all, but at this time, there is not a commitment on the part of those groups to consolidate their report cards into one statewide report card.
During Q&A, members voiced concern that report cards might be used to increase student mobility as parents move students to get to higher-performing schools or certain feeder patterns, creating more churn and instability in the overall system.
Members also raised other goals for the report cards beyond using them to make comparisons across schools.
- Report cards can be created as a tool that allows parents to engage with principals and LSATs around school improvement efforts.
- Reports cards can be civil rights tools to support advocacy efforts, thus the need for greater data transparency, clarity, and context in the final rollout.
Members stressed the need to get substantive information from the report cards, displayed in a way that allows for easy understanding and comparison. Parents want more transparency and more information, but also need context to support the interpretation of data.
Discussed that there will likely be some data points that OSSE cannot access, especially from the charter school sector, which may be omitted from report cards or displayed as null value. Members suggested that when districts opt out of sharing any given data point, the report cards should be transparent about them opting out. Importance of displaying location and transportation was raised. Also that teachers need to be engaged in the creation of report cards as well as the teacher union leadership.
Next steps from OSSE
- OSSE will create a facilitation guide/toolkit to help parents and community members conduct focus groups and collect feedback. It is also the goal for LSATs, PTAs and schools to facilitate discussions and share back to OSSE. CHPSPO will have such a focus group at the October 23 meeting.
- OSSE will send out a survey to collect information directly from the public on content for report cards through January 2018. All information will be categorized and shared back with the public in a timely manner. This includes comments from the general public as well as advocacy groups that meet with OSSE.
- In the Spring, OSSE will report back about content/data points to be included and begin to engage the public on design and display of data.
- Final report cards will be launched in December 2018. However, data will still be shared as it becomes available before then (ie PARCC scores).
The DC State Board of Education has an ESSA Task Force. Learn more here: https://sboe.dc.gov/page/essa-updates
Walk-to-School Day is on October 4th. All will meet at Lincoln Park at 7:30am and walk to school by 8:10am. Expecting several city officials to be in attendance, including Chancellor Wilson, Mayor Bowser, CM Allen, Tommy Wells, CM Silverman, among others. Also expecting US Rep. John Lewis to attend. The Capitol Hill Community Foundation (CHCF) provided a mini-grant to support the event. Will work with public speakers at the event to promote safe streets as a theme.
Education Public Roundtable, Committee on Education, DCPS 2017 – 2022 Strategic Plan
Martin Welles will be testifying about inaccuracy of the underlying data used to support the strategic plan and his concerns that the data skews goal-setting. Danica Petroshius will testify about the need to include facilities and heath/safety measures of our schools in the plan. She will also testify about the need for more transparency in the goals around college and career readiness indicators. State Board Rep Joe Weedon suggested there is a need for transparency and clarity about the actual growth of subgroups given community-eligibility may mask underlying issues. For instance, the subgroup for economically disadvantaged students includes high-income students at some schools, particularly in Ward 6, which makes it difficult to see the real performance of the subgroup. Suzanne Wells will testify on the lack of an aggressive goal to increase DCPS enrollment.
Vote for CHPSPO Officers
Elected to the CHPSPO Board: Suzanne Wells to serve another term as president; Danica Petroshius and Suzy Glucksman as co-vice presidents and Sandra Moscoso-Mills and Iris Bond Gill as co-secretaries.
Next CHPSPO Meeting
October 23, 2017 (NOTE: This meeting will be a focus group on school report cards under the OSSE State Plan. This meeting will be the 4th Monday in October)
Cross Sector Collaboration Task Force: Tuesday, September 26, 2017, Education Counsel (101 Constitution Ave, NW, Suite 900)
Walk-to-School Day: Wednesday, October 4, Lincoln Park
Education Public Roundtable, Committee on Education, DCPS 2017 – 2022 Strategic Plan: Thursday, September 21, 10 am, Room 412. To testify sign-up online at bit.do/EducationHearings or call the Committee on Education at (202) 724-8061 by 5:00pm Tuesday, September 19.
Visit CHPSPO on the web at http://chpspo.org