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D.C. State Board of Education
One Judiciary Square
441 4th Street, NW, Suite 530S
WashingtonDC 20001
Phone: (202) 741-0888

D.C. State Board of Education

Zachary Parker President
Emily Gasoi Vice President
Jacque Patterson Board Member
Allister Chang Board Member
Ruth Wattenberg Board Member
Frazier O'Leary Board Member
Jessica Sutter Board Member
Eboni-Rose Thompson Board Member
Carlene Reid Board Member
John-Paul Hayworth Executive Director

SBOE Meets Regularly Each Month

  • Working sessions are held on the first Wednesday of every month at 5:00 p.m.
  • Public meetings are held on the third Wednesday of every month at 5:30 p.m.
  • Student Advisory Committee meetings are generally held the second Monday of every month at 5:30 p.m. 

Check out our Events Page for the most up-to-date list of upcoming meetings. 

Working Sessions

While working sessions are open to the public, individuals and representatives of organizations are not permitted to speak or participate. However, individuals and representatives of organizations may submit written testimony for consideration by the Board. Written testimony must be submitted by email at at least 48 hours in advance of the meeting. 

Public Meetings

All students, parents, and educators, and community members are invited to provide testimony at public meetings. Individuals and representatives of organizations who wish to comment at a public meeting are asked to notify Board staff in advance by phone at (202) 741-0888 or by email at no later than 48 hours in advance of the meeting. An electronic copy of testimony must be received no later than 48 hours prior to the meeting. Individuals are asked to furnish their names, addresses, telephone numbers, and organizational affiliation, if any.  

Records From All Meetings Are Documented 

Agendas, meeting documents, testimony, reports and resolutions to be considered for all working sessions and public meetings after April 1, 2015 can be on our external documents site here.

Watch Meetings Live and Access Archived Video Recording

Vision Statement

All District of Columbia students acquire the skills and knowledge to lead healthy, productive lives as engaged global citizens in a democratic society.

Mission Statement

The Mission of the District of Columbia State Board of Education is to provide policy leadership, support, advocacy, and oversight of public education to ensure that every student is valued and learns the skills and knowledge necessary to become informed, competent, and contributing global citizens.

The State Board views its role in the achievement of this mission as one of shared responsibility, whereby it engages families, students, educators, community members, elected officials and business leaders to play a vital role in preparing every child for college and/or career success.

Statutory Roles and Responsibilities

The State Board of Education is responsible for advising the State Superintendent of Education on educational matters, including: state standards; state policies, including those governing special, academic, vocational, charter and other schools; state objectives; and state regulations proposed by the Mayor or the State Superintendent of Education. The State Board is also responsible for approving the following state-level policies:

  • State academic standards that standards meet the following qualifications: specify what children are expected to know and be able to do; contain coherent and rigorous content, encourage the teaching of advanced skills; and are updated on a regular basis;
  • High school graduation requirements;
  • Standards for high school equivalence credentials;
  • State definitions of “adequate yearly progress” and “proficiency” that will be applied consistently to all local education agencies;
  • State definition and standards for “highly qualified teachers,” pursuant to the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001;
  • Standards for accreditation and certification of teacher preparation programs of colleges and universities;
  • The state accountability plan for the District of Columbia developed by the Chief State School Officer, pursuant to the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 ensuring that: (A) the plan includes a single statewide accountability system that will ensure all local education agencies make adequate yearly progress; and (B) the statewide accountability system included in the plan is based on academic standards, academic assessments, a standardized system of accountability across all local education agencies, and a system of sanctions and rewards that will be used to hold local education agencies accountable for student achievement;
  • State policies for parental involvement;
  • State policies for supplemental education service providers operating in the District to ensure that providers have a demonstrated record of effectiveness and offer services that promote challenging academic achievement standards and that improve student achievement;
  • The rules for residency verification;
  • The list of charter school accreditation organizations;
  • The categories and format of the annual report card, pursuant to the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001;
  • The list of private placement accreditation organizations, pursuant to Uniform Per Student Funding Formula for Public Schools and Public Charter Schools and Tax Conformity Clarification Amendment Act of 1998;
  • Approve state rules for enforcing school attendance requirements; and
  • Approve state standards for home schooling.
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