D.C. education plan secures federal approval

Antwan Wilson became the D.C. schools chancellor in 2017. (Brian Kapur/The Current/January 2017)

The U.S. Department of Education has approved the District’s Every Student Succeeds Act State Plan, which is focused on continuing progress for all students and accelerating growth for those furthest behind, according to a news release.

The plan establishes a common system of school transparency for all D.C. public schools, called the STAR Framework, which includes quantifiable measures that provide indicators of how schools are engaging and supporting students, and is intended to ensure that schools support all students — whether they need access to more challenging programs or need extra time to graduate high school. Also included in the plan are measures of preschool quality.

The Office of the State Superintendent of Education has begun implementation of the plan, including development of D.C.’s new state report card. Visit osse.dc.gov/essa to see more details.

“The plan is guided by our commitment to providing equitable access to high quality education for all students and flexibility for our schools to meet the unique needs of all students,” State Superintendent of Education Hanseul Kang said in the release.