District of Columbia

DC’s Ferebee at 100 Days

 In The 74, Carolyn Phenicie takes a look at the tenure of DC Schools Chancellor Lewis Ferebee at the 100-day mark. Looking back at his time as Superintendent of Indianapolis Public Schools, Ferebee ponders if perhaps he pushed change too fast when coming into office....

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D.C. Releases New School Report Card

Last week, State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) released the District of Columbia’s newest report card and School Transparency and Reporting (STAR) Framework, the Washington Post reports. “District education officials developed the rating system” to comply with ESSA, which “mandated that states and the District create...

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DC Preparing for Five-Star Rating System Implementation

Perry Stein reports for the Washington Post that, this December, the District of Columbia will roll out its five-star school rating system, which “reflects a strategy to make school data more accessible to families and provide a uniform approach to assessing charter and traditional public...

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Dept. of Ed Approves 4 State ESSA Plans

The Dept. of Education approved four state ESSA plans – the District of Columbia, Illinois, Oregon, and Tennessee. “As more and more state plans come under the department’s review, I am heartened to see how states have embraced the spirit of flexibility under ESSA to...

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Dept. of Ed Issues Feedback to DC and IL

The Dept. of Education issued feedback on Washington D.C.’s and Illinois’ ESSA plans. The department commented that D.C. “cannot use tests like the SAT and ACT in its academic achievement indicators,” and “did not clearly describe its measure for differentiating school performance.” Illinois also has...

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D.C.’s Education Leaders Put Aside Differences to Improve Schools

This article was originally published on RealClearEducation. Last week, Washington D.C. education officials voted 6-3 to approve the District’s plan to implement the Every Student Succeeds Act, the new federal legislation governing American education. For observers of political fights who are accustomed to seeing the...

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Real Clear Education Analyzes DC’s ESSA Plan

Real Clear Education took a deep dive into DC’s ESSA plan, noting that its ambitious and comes with substantial changes to the status quo. The article notes that the plan sets lofty goals for student performance, calling for 85 percent of students to score a...

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DC Leaders Call for Approval of Draft Plan

Over 50 education and civil rights leaders in Washington D.C. called for the district’s board to approve the proposed ESSA implementation plan. Stakeholders argued that the plan will “create a more transparent, equitable, and effective accountability system for the District’s children.” In the letter, leaders...

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