Payne Elementary School Library, 1445 C St., SE
November 18, 2014, 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Extension of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) Flexibility Waiver, Jeff Noel, OSSE
- Process of preparing first administration of the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) assessment – computer delivered assessment; higher standard of rigor; aligned with Common Core State Standards
- Proposing a one year pause for high-stakes decision making (school classifications and teacher evaluations) during first year of implementing new assessments
- in order to evaluate impact
- Test results often come back late – may be 6 months behind: a lot of analysis follows initial rollout
- OSSE proposes we come together to have a discussion as the education community to discuss the new assessments. Jeff Noel was invited back to the December CHPSPO meeting for further discussion.
- Concerns were raised about high-stakes testing, and the desire to see more data on schools beyond test scores, e.g., student re-enrollment, school climate, teacher retention.
Parent Bill of Rights, Monica Warren-Jones
- Goal is for kids to become the global citizens they need to be and DCSBOE are engaging families in a proactive manner
- Draft reflects what is expected of schools
- Not supposed to impede or supersede existing federal/state laws
- Draft Parent Bill of Rights Public Roundtable, 6 to 8:30 pm at the Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Neighborhood Library
- Aiming to vote in December and adopt as a board
- No Bill of Rights for DC currently (MASS, NY, NH have them)
Challenger Center, Joe Weedon
- Challenger Center was created by family survivors of the Challenger. Today there are 30 Challenger Centers in the U.S.
- Strong desire for there to be a Challenger Center within a few miles of Capitol
- Eliot Hine has been identified as a good location
- In order to move forward, there is a need for a long-term rental agreement w/ DCPS
- The existing Challenger Centers are independent, non-profit organizations.
- All DC schools would have access to it, as well as schools and visitors from outside of the city
- Curriculum, professional development are owned by the Challenger Center. The Challenger Center raises the money to build the Center.
- A trip to a Challenger Center in NY may be planned in near future.
Committee of the Whole vs. Education Committee, Suzanne Wells
- Phil Mendelson considering moving Education Committee back into Committee of the Whole
- 9 standing committees and 8 veteran councilmembers
- How to advocate?
- Call Chairman’s office
- Make office hours apt
- Joint coalition letter
Disposition of Gibbs School Building, Suzanne Wells
- Deputy Mayor for Education’s office is reviewing two applications for Gibbs. One application is for three charter schools (an adult education program, Monument Academy which is a boarding school for students in the foster care system, and Washington Global which is a middle school). The other application is for Friendship Edison to move its younger students to Gibbs, and to co-locate with two adult education programs.
Next CHPSPO Meeting: December 16, 2014
November 17 FY15/16 DCPS Budget Hearing, Payne Elementary (http://dcps.dc.gov/DCPS/About+DCPS/Press+Releases+and+Announcements/General+Announcements/Our+Budget+Priorities+for+Next+Year)
November 22 EdFEST, DC’s citywide education fair, 11:00am to 3:00pm, DC Armory.
December 2 Draft Parent Bill of Rights Public Roundtable, 6 to 8:30 pm at the Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Neighborhood Library
December 4 Language Immersion in Urban Public Schools, 6 – 8 pm, MLK Library
December 4 Levine School of Music to present program for instrumental music at Tyler ES, 4PM – Encourage Music teachers to attend
December 7 MOTH School Information Night, 2 pm – 5 pm
March 7 SWS Auction