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Memo to Board on ESSA Accountability 

To: The DC State Board of Education

Date: March 22, 2017

RE: Vote on the ESSA Accountability Framework for the District of Columbia

 

We as parents, educators and advocates believe OSSE and the Board can do better with the District submission to the federal government for the Every Student Succeeds Act.  We believe the heavy emphasis on testing in just two subjects in NCLB and continued here with ESSA in DC has actually denied our most at risk students in elementary and middle school the benefits of a full education including social studies, world language, science and the arts, in fact making them less prepared for citizenship and college and career.  The current draft with a summative single metric star rating is unfairly biased toward schools serving students who arrive already scoring high.  Transparency and accessibility for parents would be enhanced by more information on a dashboard.  By narrowing the indicators to test scores, attendance and re-enrollment we are missing an important opportunity to include discipline data and indicators of the learning environment which are vital to the success of our young people. 

 

We have always supported the dis-aggregation of data and the protection of the civil rights of all of our students especially the most vulnerable.  We do not feel this instrument yet protects those rights or ensures an equitable education.  In fact it risks further labeling these young people and their schools as failures. It is not a strength based system. The schools serving the fewest at risk students stand to score the highest.     

 

We support the Board of Education’s consensus recommendations and urge the Board to withhold your support until a full education metric is included and a stronger more urgent commitment is made for a high school growth metric and a school environment metric.  

 

Ward 1 Education Collaborative

 W3EdNet

Ward 4 Education Alliance

Ward 5 Education Council

Capitol Hill Public Schools Parent Organization

Ward 7 Education Council

Ward 8 Education Council

 

Scott Abbott- Ward 4

Director of Social Studies in DCPS

President Elect of the Middle States Council for Social Studies

 

John Almquist - Ward 4 –

Parent

 

Elizabeth Bacon -Ward 6

DCPS parent and advocate

 

 

Bonnie Beers – Ward 1

Special Education Teacher at Ivymount School in Md and in DCPS/Ivymount partnership at Francis Stevens

 

Margot Berkey Ward 1

Coordinator, DCPS Out of School Time Programs

Parent of DCPS alumna

 

Pamela Birch – Ward 5

Parent

 

Patricia Braun- Ward 3

Key Elementary School

 

Monica Brokenborough- Ward 8

Washington Teachers' Union Teacher Leader

 

Sheila Carr – Ward 7

Chair of ANC 7F

Grandparent of 6 Public School Children in DC

 

Trent Crable, Ward 5,

DCPS parent

 

Allyson Criner Brown- Ward 7

Teaching for Change

Parent

DC Language Immersion Project

Andrea DelVecchio

Past PTA President Oyster-Adams School

 

Leigh Dingerson- Ward 1

Parent of DCPS graduates

Education Policy Consultant 

 

Brian Doyle- Ward 3

Ward 3 - Wilson Feeder Education Network

Caryn Ernst- Ward 6

DCPS Parent

Member of the Cross Sector Task Force

 

 

Anne Fitzpatrick – Ward 5

Resident, DCPS parent

 

Ken Forsberg- Ward 4

Ward 4

Powell Bilingual Elementary School parent and LSAT member

 

Matt Frumin  -Ward 3

C4DC

 

Laura Fuchs- Ward 5

DCPS Teacher in Ward 7

Ward 7 Education Council

WTU

 

David Gessert – Ward 3

LSAT Lafayette Elementary School

DCPS Alum (89)

 

Joshua Hertzberg- Ward 4

West EC Parent

 

Valerie Jablow – Ward 6

Publisher Educationdc.net

DCPS Parent

 

Iris Jacob-Ward 8

Ward 8 Parent

 

Emily Kallaur
LSAT Co-Chair, Murch Elementary School

Ivy Ken-Ward 6

DCPS Parent

 

Mary Levy – Ward 2

Education Budget Analysist and Civil Rights Attorney

 

Erica H. Ling- Ward 3
Former DCPS parent

 

Sarah Livingston – Ward 6

Education Advocate

 

Melissa Loughlin

Stoddert ES Parent

 

 

Dorothy Marshak

Founder and President of CHIME

 

Peter MacPherson- Ward 6
Ward Six Resident and Education Advocate

 

Melody Molinoff

‎LSAT Chair Eaton Elementary School

 

PennBranch CCA

Dr. Marla Dean – Ward 7

Education Chair

 

Cathy Reilly- Ward 4

Senior High Alliance of Parents, Principals and Educators

Ward 4 Ed Alliance

 

Becky Reina – Ward 1

Ward 1 Ed Council

DCPS Parent

 

Heather Schoell, Ward 6,

Parent of 9th and 7th Graders, Eliot-Hine MS

PTO President & Eastern PTO Secretary

 

Sally Schwartz Ward 3

Globalize DC

 

Beth Sewell- Ward 4

Special Education Teacher HD Woodson

Ward 4 Resident and Parent

 

Robert Sewell- Ward 4

Parent and Resident

 

Mark Simon – Ward 1

Ed Policy Analyst affiliated with the Economic Policy Institute

 

Rosa Singletary; Ward 4,

Parent Alice Deal Middle School and Dunbar Senior High School

 

Ayanna Smith – Ward 7

Ward 7

Anne Beers ES PTO Communications Secretary

 

Nancy Smith – Ward 4

Takoma EC grandparent

Ward 4 Ed. Council

 

Chris Sondreal

W2EN

SWWFS HSA

 

Elizabeth Stuart – Ward  3

Past PTA President, Hearst Elementary School

 

Eboni-Rose Thompson

Chair, Ward 7 Education Council

Member, Fort Dupont Civic Association

Former Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner, 7F02

 

Nzinga Tull -- Ward 7

Aunt

Board Co-Chair, Teaching for Change

Exec Cmte, Ward 7 Education Council

 

Kashawna Watson- Ward 5

Ward 5 Education Council

 

Elaine Weiss 

National Coordinator  

Broader Bolder Approach to Education 

 

Suzanne Wells –Ward 6

Founder, Capitol Hill Public Schools Parent Organization

Eliot-Hine Middle School PTO Secretary

Eliot-Hine Middle School LSAT

 

Sarah Whitener- Ward 3
Former DCPS parent,

Former Chair of the Wilson High School LSRT

 

K Allison Wiskens -Ward 4 

Vice President for Education at George Washington’s Mount Vernon

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S.H.A.P.P.E. is a group working cooperatively on: service distribution among our schools. 

S.H.A.P.P.E. is an organization of the District of Columbia Public (DCPS) high school parent leaders, concerned educators  and principals in Washington D.C.  We have been meeting monthly since February of 1998.  We originally came together to share our frustration and grief at the level of violence in our city.  We currently work together to strategically influence policies, practices and budget decisions that impact our city’s teenagers.  


The core of our work is in our monthly meetings, our support and collaboration of the other public education advocacy groups and in our public testimony and communications.  Information on these topics can be found in the sidebar.  For other information, please contact us at dc.s.h.a.p.p.e@gmail.com 



·       2. Expanded educational opportunities including advanced academic classes and job training.

·       3. A comprehensive approach to safety and health in our schools.

·       4. Modernized facilities aligned with sound educational practice.

·       5. The funding necessary to achieve these goals.

S.H.A.P.P.E. facilitates partnerships between:--·        

Parents, principals and educators in the 18 senior high schools

·         Local senior high schools and the central District of Columbia Public Schools administration

·         Metropolitan Police Department, Human Services, Recreation and the local senior high schools

·         The Mayor’s office, the City Council and the local senior high schools (S.H.A.P.P.E. members)

·         Local senior high schools and other advocacy groups working for our young people.





 

Important Announcements

The March SHAPPE meeting will be held on March 28, 2017 at the Columbia Heights Education Campus.  The topics will include a buget working session on our high school budgets prior to the Council hearing as well as a discussion of the progams from UDC that are available to our young people. 

The State Board of Education voted on and passed the OSSE submission of the accountability plan for the Every Student Succeeds Act.  As noted below in the talking points, we had hoped to see broader measures than attendance, re-enrollment, grad rates and academic performance at the high school level.  Members who voted against the plan in hopes to have it further amended were Ruth Wattenberg of ward 3, Joe Wheedon of Ward 6 and Marcus Batchelor of Ward 8.  Members who voted in favor of the plan supported by the Mayor and OSSE were Laura Wilson Phelan of Ward 1, Jack Jacobson of Ward 2, Lannette Woodruff of Ward 4, Mark Jones of Ward 5, Karen Williams of Ward 7 and Ashley Carter. 

You can find their testimonies here: https://simbli.eboardsolutions.com/Meetings/ViewMeetingOrder.aspx?S=9000&MID=2357

See the side panel for copies of excellent testimony and more detail.  

Fiscal Year Initial School Budgets can be viewed here http://dcpsdatacenter.com/fy18_initial.html


Here are some important talking points on the ESSA proposal

Every Student Succeeds Act  C4DC Talking Points for Testimony on Feb. 15th or March 15th before State Board of Education or at your Ward meeting

We applaud this language in the ESSA regulations.  Above all the accountability plan must be fair, it must make it possible for school populations to succeed and it must reward improvement. 

“The bipartisan law and the ESSA regulations give states and districts the opportunity to move beyond No Child Left Behind’s reliance on a limited range of metrics and punitive “pass/fail labels for schools and use their planning and accountability processes to reimagine and redefine what a high quality education should mean for their students.” “ To that end the final regulations use multiple measures of school success reinforcing that all students deserve a high quality and well-rounded education that will prepare them for success. “*

Talking points for the OSSE Ward Specific Meetings and for the Testimony before the State Board of Education:

·         We are very pleased that our elected state board will have to vote on and approve these regulations prior to them being submitted to the Dept. of Ed. There are two dates one in April and one in September.  If it needs to be delayed to Sept. to be right, we support the Sept. date

·         We want a model that incentivizes growth and improvement in offering our students a well -rounded education.  That means multiple measures.

·         To that end we would like to see a drastic reduction in the 80% weight on the PARCC assessment for elementary and middle grades.  We support 50%. 

·         We want to see a growth measure introduced for high schools.  Waiting until September would allow for the time needed to study the spring scores and align the metric between 8th and 10th grade

·         There are two academic measures.  One measures growth and one the performance of their students.  We recommend an inverse weighting system.  Schools showing high growth but with a distance to get to high performance should be acknowledged not punished.   We would like to see the achievement progression for high schools from the Sept. draft that rewarded moving students from below basic to basic etc. 

·         Learning from the shortcomings of NCLB we want interventions that invest and build on strength, not destroy. 

·         We want to see growth measured by the same student’s progress, not the 5th grade one year against the 5th grade the previous year. 

·         We would like to see School Environment or school quality indicators include multiple measures that may include attendance and re-enrollment but might also look at stability measures like high teacher turnover. 

·         DC could give a school 5% for implementing a strong school climate survey until the necessary work is done to include one as part of the evaluation. 

·         We want to see schools rewarded for serving ELL and Special Education students with fair tools and measures

·         ESSA is more flexible.  The current draft looks too much like the previous NCLB edition.   We want it to be a living document where we learn what the cost and benefits of our plan are through a yearly audit and analysis and make adjustments – it has to be transparent; school communities have to be involved. 

Results for the PARCC assessment can be found here: http://osse.dc.gov/parcc

Coalition for DC Public Schools and Communities

www.C4DC.org