Dear DC School Community Members,
It’s official! PARCC is canceled this year!
Yesterday, the US Department of Education approved the waiver request submitted by the DC Office of the State Superintendent for Education. Thank YOU ALL for your advocacy and support and thank you to the Ward Education Councils, PTO/LSAT and community leaders who helped get the word out.
The support from city leaders was also important – we hold them accountable and thank them when they show up. Notably, Ward 6 Councilmember Allen, Ward 4 Councilmember Janeese Lewis George, and Ward 3 Councilmember Mary Cheh introduced legislation in support of canceling PARCC.
Similarly, DC State Board of Education (SBOE) President Parker (Ward 5), Ward 8 Representative Dr. Reid, and At-Large Representative Patterson also publicly supported the waiver request.
This is mercifully our *final* communication on this (yay!) so we want to end with a virtual round of applause for a community coming together. Be sure to reach out to your ward education council, teacher group, and community leaders (contact info below) on how to stay connected with local education issues. Many eyes help to hold our education institutions accountable.
Sandra, Suzanne, and Alex
(Wards 6/2/4/1 Moms)