W6PSPO & Friends Support of OSSE PARCC Waiver Request

Acting Superintendent Young,  We (parents, educators and community members) strongly support the DC Office of the State Superintendent for Education (OSSE)’s request for a systemwide PARCC reading and math assessment waiver this spring 2021, and we agree with the request to suspend the calculating of new STAR ratings for SY 2020/2021. Between February 12 andContinue reading “W6PSPO & Friends Support of OSSE PARCC Waiver Request”

For Action: OSSE PARCC Waiver Requests are Open for Public Comment Through April 2, 2021

Good news! You can review OSSE’s requests for one-year waivers for PARCC testing HERE and provide comment via email to osse.assessment@dc.gov by April 2, 2021. It’s worth noting in the Statewide Assessment Waiver Request, OSSE proposes to: “Collect and share information transparently with the public on local interim assessments as well as a spectrum of previouslyContinue reading “For Action: OSSE PARCC Waiver Requests are Open for Public Comment Through April 2, 2021”

Petition: Our Students and Schools Need More Funding, Not Cuts

DC Public Schools is forcing schools to cut staff for the 2021-22 school year, the first year of recovery after more than one year of disrupted learning due to Covid-19. Education councils in Wards 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8, and ANC Commissioners initiated this petition to demand that the city maintain the currentContinue reading “Petition: Our Students and Schools Need More Funding, Not Cuts”

CancelPARCC update and the state of student level data in DC

Dear DC School Community Members, Last week, DC Public Schools communicated to school leaders to pause PARCC planning this year, pending the Office of State Superintendent for Education (OSSE) request for a waiver. This is great news, as it relieves principals, teachers and staff from the burden of planning logistics. We’re curious as to whether other LEAs orContinue reading “CancelPARCC update and the state of student level data in DC”

Valerie Jablow Testimony – Oversight Hearing for Education Agencies – March 9, 2021

My name is Valerie Jablow, and as a DCPS parent, I am testifying about DCPS; the charter board; DME; and OSSE. That’s 3 minutes to address the performance of four agencies handling more than $2 BILLION annually—45 seconds per agency or about $11 million per second. As a public witness, I am theoretically like everyoneContinue reading “Valerie Jablow Testimony – Oversight Hearing for Education Agencies – March 9, 2021”

Elizabeth Mitchell Testimony – Oversight Hearing for Education Agencies – March 9, 2021

If you had asked me in June to come up with the worst reopening plan imaginable, I’m not sure I could have done as amazing a job as DCPS. It’s almost art.   After promising us soap at the onset of the pandemic – mind you- after one of the worst flu seasons our school hadContinue reading “Elizabeth Mitchell Testimony – Oversight Hearing for Education Agencies – March 9, 2021”

Sandra Moscoso Testimony – Oversight Hearing for Education Agencies – March 9, 2021

Chairman and Councilmembers. I am Sandra Moscoso, a parent of two students at School Without Walls High School, president of the school’s Home and School Association, secretary of the Ward 6 Public Schools Parent Organization, and treasurer of the Ward 2 Education Council.  A lot has gone wrong this year, but I want to focusContinue reading “Sandra Moscoso Testimony – Oversight Hearing for Education Agencies – March 9, 2021”

Mary Levy Testimony – Oversight Hearing for Education Agencies – March 9, 2021

As an education finance lawyer, a budget and policy analyst, and a DCPS parent, I have studied DCPS data and policies for 40 years.  Below are results of some of my analyses. Three weeks ago, DCPS posted proposed local school budgets for next year.  A small group of us has downloaded and converted them toContinue reading “Mary Levy Testimony – Oversight Hearing for Education Agencies – March 9, 2021”

Good News! OSSE to Seek PARCC Waiver This Year!

Dear DC School Community, We have great news! Today, Interim Superintendent Shana Young – head of the DC Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) – sent a letter to DC local education agency (LEA) leaders, letting them know that OSSE will seek a PARCC waiver! Below is an excerpt from the letter: “We are writing toContinue reading “Good News! OSSE to Seek PARCC Waiver This Year!”

Update on Petition to #CancelPARCC this year

Dear DC School Community Members, We want to thank you for supporting the city-wide effort to cancel PARCC testing this school year, and asking the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) to request a waiver from the US Department of Education (USEd). As of today, 1150+ of you have signed representing almost 130 schools fromContinue reading “Update on Petition to #CancelPARCC this year”