Greetings PAVE Parents, Partners, and Stakeholders

On March 22nd, in a 6-to-3 vote, the DC State Board of Education (SBOE) approved DC’s new state education plan from the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE). According to 
the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), states, including DC, must submit a state education plan that outlines how they will equitably fund schools, support all students, provide transparency, improve Pre-K programming, and assure access to rigorous coursework. DC and all states were allowed to draft their own goals and objectives to achieve results, but they were also required to note how they would close gaps in achievement and graduation rates especially for those who are furthest behind.

DC’s new education plan includes:
  • a single statewide accountability system that establishes ambitious long-term goals,
  • measurements of interim progress toward meeting those goals,
  • goals based on challenging state academic records and assessments, and
  • a common accountability system that will apply to all charter and public schools.
Now that the state plan is complete, DC's next step in this process will be to design a state report card that reflects the information that parents want, need, and should know in order to make an informed decision about choosing a school for their child - something that is especially important in a city with robust school choice. Report cards are a valuable way to communicate not only the state's accountability system, but also other information that rounds out the picture of student and school success. We believe that these report cards should be high-quality and user-friendly.

In creating the state education plan, OSSE held and participated in 50 meetings with more than 100 organizations present. Yet, it was noted at the SBOE meeting that not enough engagement occurred with diverse groups and important stakeholders. OSSE and the SBOE will be working together to design report cards in the near future, and PAVE will work to assure families are involved in the decision-making process.

While we are excited about having a common accountability system that allows parents to compare information across both sectors - charter and public, we also want to make sure that we empower you to engage in other opportunities that will inform the implementation of the new state education plan and design of school report cards. Find out how you can have your voice amplified by taking steps like those outlined below. If you have any questions or would like our support, please feel free to reach out to


The PAVE Team
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PAVE (Parents Amplifying Voices in Education) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that connects, trains, and empowers charter parent leaders to give families in DC a voice and a choice in the vision for education in our city. The goal of PAVE is to create an education system in DC where parents are partners and leaders in developing a diversity of safe, nurturing, and great school options for every child in every ward and community.
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