Higher Education Licensure Commission Takes Licensure and Enforcement Actions at its March Public Meeting
On March 15, 2019 the District of Columbia Higher Education Licensure Commission (HELC) evaluated 32 postsecondary non-degree and degree-granting schools operating or desiring to operate in the District of Columbia on their ability to comply with licensure standards.
The HELC protects the public against transient, unethical, deceptive and fraudulent educational institutions of higher education and assures quality by establishing standards in education, ethical business practices, fiscal responsibility, health and safety. The Commission investigates student complaints, serves as the State Approving Agency for veterans benefits and issues student transcripts from closed post-secondary schools.
Please read more about actions taken by the commission at its March meeting.
For more information, please contact OSSE.Elcmail@dc.gov or (202) 481-3951.
Launching April 11: 2019-20 Start of School Campaign and Summit Registration
With the 2018-19 school year entering its final months and 2019-20 fast approaching, OSSE will launch its next Start of School Campaign via the OSSE website on Thursday, April 11, 2019.
Now in its third year, the Start of School Campaign aims to continue the progress of the past two years by highlighting for our LEA-level stakeholders the most important parts of partnering with OSSE to prepare for a successful first day of school. The 2019-20 school year priority areas are:
Interested LEA-level staff can learn more about the 2019-20 Start of School Campaign, including full details and resources for each priority area, checklists for LEA leaders and multiple points of contact, and a comprehensive list of dates and deadlines for getting start-of-school-ready.
- Data connectivity;
- Data troubleshooting;
- Duplicative enrollment;
- Early access to information for special populations;
- Enrollment audit;
- Title funding; and
- Transportation for students with disabilities.
Start of School Summit Registration
On Tuesday, June 11, 2019, OSSE will host the 2019 Start of School Summit to provide LEA-level Data Managers and points of contact for English learners, enrollment audit, special education, and transportation with training, technical assistance, and a deeper dive into the best practices, new policies, and latest tools related to these priority areas and more. The summit will be held from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at the Kellogg Conference Center at Gallaudet University. Registration will open on Thursday, April 11 via OSSE's website.
Additional information will also be shared throughout the spring and summer via the LEA Look Forward. For more information or questions, please contact Annette Thacker-Bartlett at Annette.Thacker@dc.gov or Erin Garratt at Erin.Garratt@dc.gov.
Webinar: Using Data to Improve School Attendance
OSSE invites you to join us for a webinar on the best way to effectively use data at your school or LEA to improve student attendance. This webinar will provide an overview of how Center City Public Charter School - Brightwood has used data to improve attendance interventions. OSSE’s Division of Data, Assessment, and Research (DAR) will also talk about the ways OSSE analyzes data to help schools and LEAs improve their practices. Additionally, attendees will have an opportunity to ask questions and learn about resources for decreasing chronic absenteeism.
All school and LEA leaders are encouraged to join and may extend the invitation to relevant staff, such as those who work on attendance and enrollment. The webinar will take place on Tuesday, April 30, from 10-11 a.m. Register
For more information, please contact Whitney Meagher at Whitney.Meagher@dc.gov.
ACGR Training for LEA Data Managers
LEA Data Managers frequently ask for support from OSSE with efficiently navigating and reporting Adjusted Cohort Graduation Rate (ACGR) data. To respond to these requests, OSSE will host an ACGR training session on Thursday, May 9, from 2:30-4 p.m. at OSSE, 1050 First St. NE, Fourth Floor, Bill Nye Training Room 422. The training will cover ACGR policy and the data validation process. It is available in addition to the Phase III Data Validation Training.
All data managers are welcome, but we strongly encourage this training for data managers who are participating in ACGR for the first time.
Sign-up - a webinar will also be available for those of you who register for the session.
For more information or questions, please contact Kelley Scholl at Kelley.Scholl@dc.gov.
New Annual Reimbursement Request Deadline for OSSE Grants is Dec. 1
Effective Friday, April 5, 2019, OSSE subgrantees must submit reimbursement requests for local and federally funded grants by Dec. 1 annually (or the first business day thereafter, beginning Monday, Dec. 2, 2019). This is a change from the previous annual deadline of Nov. 15. The new deadline will appear on new grant award notices moving forward.
Please note that OSSE asks that reimbursement requests be submitted on an ongoing basis and far in advance of the deadline, if possible, in order to provide OSSE appropriate time to conduct reviews and for the LEA to make revisions if necessary. OSSE’s expectation is that the final approvable fiscal year 2019 reimbursement requests will be submitted by subgrantees no later than Monday, Dec. 2, 2019.
For more information, please contact your grant manager.
Apply Today! Summer Institute for Garden-Based Teaching
OSSE is now accepting applications for the Summer Institute for Garden-Based Teaching, which will be held July 15-19, 2019, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. This training is open to pre-K through grade 5 public and public charter school classroom teachers who work in schools with existing school garden programs. Schools must be in compliance with the Healthy Schools Act.
Teachers should attend this training if they are interested in:
- Improving student academic performance;
- Increasing student engagement by providing hands-on learning experiences for students; and
- Increasing the amount of time teachers are teaching standards-based hands-on lessons in the school garden and on school grounds.
Complete the Summer Institute application by Thursday, April 18, 2019. Applications will be notified of acceptance by Wednesday, May 1, 2019.
For more information or questions, please visit OSSE's website or contact Sam Ullery at Sam.Ullery@dc.gov.
Notice of Proposed Rulemaking: Chapter 75 Alternative Program Designation
On Friday, March 22, 2019, OSSE released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking proposing a new chapter titled, “Alternative Program” to Subtitle A “Office of the State Superintendent of Education” of Title 5 “Education” in the DC Municipal Regulations. This chapter sets forth the eligibility criteria for a school or specialized program within a school to be designated as an alternative education program and establishes the application process.
The proposed regulations are open for a 30-day public comment period that began Friday, March 22, 2019 and ends Monday, April 22, 2019. The proposed rulemaking can be found in the DC Register and on the OSSE website.
Comments to the proposed rulemaking should be submitted in writing to: Office of the State Superintendent of Education, 1050 First St. NE, Third Floor, Washington, DC 20002, ATTN: Renee Lee or via email to OSSEComments.ProposedRegulations@dc.gov with the subject line: “Alternative Schools.”
Register Today for the DC Elementary STEM Fair (Grades 3-5)
The DC STEM Fair is a longstanding tradition for the District’s public, public charter, parochial, private, and home school programs, where students can showcase their research skills and compete for a variety of awards and prizes. The 2019 Elementary DC STEM Fair, managed by the DC STEM Network, will be held on Saturday, June 1, 2019, at the University of the District of Columbia’s newly renovated Student Center. Schools can register up to five projects for the competition. To register and learn more about the DC STEM Fair, visit the DC STEM Network STEM Fair website.
Dates to Remember:
For questions, please contact Maya Garcia at Maya.Garcia@dc.gov.
- Wednesday, April 3, 2019 - Registration opens. Please submit one registration per school. Each school can submit up to five projects. Team projects can include up to three students. Schools that successfully register their projects will receive an email confirmation from EventBrite.
- Friday, May 17, 2019 - Registration deadline. Registration for the elementary fair will close. Only students who have been confirmed for the fair are eligible to compete in the fair. If your school did not receive a confirmation email from EventBrite with the list of student participants, please email DCstemfair@gmail.com prior to the registration deadline to ensure your students can participate.
- Saturday, June 1, 2019 - Elementary STEM Fair and Awards Ceremony at the University of the District of Columbia’s Student Center. Please note: Only participating students in the 2019 DC STEM Fair are eligible for awards (for teams, only team members who present at the 2019 DC STEM Fair will be eligible for awards).
Deadline: Verify Child Outcomes Summary Data by April 11
OSSE has completed a review of the Child Outcomes Summary (COS) data submitted by LEAs that serve preschool students ages 3-5 who receive special education services. We have uploaded the Child Outcomes Summary record list for your LEA to the COS folder on the OSSE Box site. The title of the file is “January 2019 COS Checkpoint – LEA Name.”
Please review the “LEA Required Actions” column of the spreadsheet:
LEAs should update the “LEA Response” column with additional information regarding any required actions and upload the updated spreadsheet to the COS folder on the OSSE Box site. We ask that you upload the spreadsheet in the “Child Outcome Summary from OSSE to LEA NAME” folder no later than 5 p.m. on Thursday, April 11, 2018.
- Students highlighted in green do not need additional action;
- Students highlighted in red may need either entry or exit scores, as indicated in the column text; and
- Students highlighted in yellow are flagged will likely need exit scores entered before the end of the current school year.
For questions about the COS process, please contact Carlene Reid, supervisory coordinator for special education (IDEA Part B, 619), at Carlene.Reid@dc.gov or (202) 741-7635.
Bridge to High School Data Exchange and Kid Talk 2019-20 School Year Recruitment Open
Middle and high school LEAs are invited to join DC’s Bridge to High School Data Exchange and Kid Talk for the 2019-20 school year.
With DC students choosing among a wide landscape of high school options, schools can face logistical challenges as they enroll students from dozens of different DCPS and charter middle schools, but lack important quantitative and qualitative information upfront to serve incoming ninth graders well. In addition, students continue to transfer between DCPS and charter schools throughout their high school career, and high school staff are often in a similar position for many incoming 10th and 11th graders.
In response to this challenge, LEAs, Raise DC, and OSSE collaborated to launch the Bridge to High School Data Exchange and Kid Talk. Now in its fourth year, this Data Exchange offers a standardized process for transferring key student-level data quickly, securely, and consistently for students as they move from middle through high school, particularly across LEAs. This data is then used by schools to promote early interventions, plan resource placement, and establish supportive relationships among middle and high school staff. Additionally, as an extension of the Data Exchange, the Kid Talk offers middle and high schools the opportunity to connect in person to review shared eighth-grade data and offer insights to guide student-specific planning for rising ninth graders. To learn more about the Data Exchange and Kid Talk, download this fact sheet, which includes timelines and shared data elements.
To signup, please complete the following tasks by Friday, April 26, 2019:
For more information or questions, please contact Jessica Jackson at Jessicak.Jackson@dc.gov.
- Review the detailed 2019-20 Bridge to High School Data Exchange timeline and activities.
- Sign and submit the LEA data consent form to Jessica Jackson at Jessicak.Jackson@dc.gov.
- Complete the Bridge to High School LEA Participation Form.
My School DC Lottery Results are Out: Enrollment Deadline for Matched Families is May 1
Lottery results for the 2019-20 school year were released on Friday, March 29. Families can access their results and real-time positions on schools’ waitlists by logging into their My School DC family account. Families who need assistance accessing or understanding their results can contact the My School DC Hotline at Info.Myschooldc@dc.gov or (202) 888-6336 (Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.).
Families who received a match in the lottery have until Wednesday, May 1 to enroll their child at their matched school or they may lose their space. A parent or legal guardian must enroll the child in person, at the school. Enrolling your child at their matched school does not remove them from waitlists.
Families who seek to add schools to their application, were waitlisted at all schools they applied to, or missed the lottery application deadlines, can apply to schools post-lottery today, enroll directly at their DCPS in-boundary school (grades K-12), or seek school options outside of My School DC including other free pre-K options.
For more information, please visit MySchoolDC.org.
SAT School Day Dates for the 2019-20 School Year
OSSE is pleased to announce SAT School Day dates for the 2019-20 school year:
As a reminder, if an eligible student is present at school on SAT School Day (and their school is participating), they are expected to take the exam. During the fall semester, seniors take the SAT and juniors take the SAT with essay during the spring semester.
- Seniors: Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019 (make-up date Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019)
- Juniors: Wednesday, March 4, 2020 (make-up date Wednesday, March 25, 2020)
If a school would like to opt out of the SAT School Day and host an ACT School Day for the 2019-20 school year, please contact Nicoisa Jones at Nicoisa.Jones@dc.gov by Wednesday, May 1, 2019.
Extended School Year and 2019-20 Student Transportation Certification Deadline
The deadline for LEAs and schools to submit the 2019-20 school year certification for extended school year student transportation for students with disabilities is Monday, May 6, 2019. For the 2019-20 school year, the deadline is Monday, June 3, 2019.
Pending the completion of training required for LEAs and special education transportation coordinators, if there is still a requirement for access to the Transportation Online Tool for Education (TOTE), please email:
For more information or questions, please contact DOT.Data@dc.gov.
New School Health Forms for School Enrollment
All District students should see their primary care provider at least once a year and their primary dental provider every six months to receive preventive services. The District requires that every student annually submit a completed Universal Health Certificate and Oral Health Assessment to their school’s Registrar Office to demonstrate that they are receiving the immunizations and health services they need to succeed in school and in life.
The school health forms have been updated for the 2019-20 school year and are available on the DC Health website. As the updated forms are rolled out to medical providers and families, schools should continue to accept both the old and the updated school health forms for the 2019-20 school year. Schools and LEAs are encouraged to include the updated school health forms as part of enrollment packages for the 2019-20 school year update their websites if the old school health forms are posted.
When families complete the Universal Health Certificate and Oral Health Assessment, the forms should be taken to the Registrar Office. The Registrar should document this action by signing the bottom of the form, entering it into the school’s enrollment data system, and then taking it to the school nurse for further processing. Completed Medication and Treatment Authorization Forms can be taken directly to the school nurse. If families need access to a doctor or insurance plan, please direct them to DC Health Link.
Additional guidance on the new forms is forthcoming from DC Health and will be included in future newsletters. For more information or technical assistance on the revised school health forms, please contact the DC Health School Health Services Program at SHS.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Professional Development Opportunities
(Unless stated otherwise, all trainings are held at OSSE, 1050 First St. NE)
Restorative Justice Film Screening Event Next Week: Circles (reminder)
OSSE, in partnership with Restorative DC, will host two events featuring a screening of the film Circles. This film tells the story of Eric Butler, a Hurricane Katrina survivor and pioneer of the Restorative Justice movement, who relocates and finds work at an Oakland, California, high school enforcing his no-nonsense approach to counseling vulnerable Black and Latino teenagers. Shot over two years, the film follows Butler’s impassioned efforts to nurture troubled youth and keep them in school, fighting racial discrimination by replacing snap suspensions and expulsions with gritty, intimate and honest mentoring.
The first event will be held on Wednesday, April 10, 6-8 p.m. at Kelly Miller Middle School, 301 49th St. NE. Led by Butler, participants will be engaged in relationship-building and self-reflection, highlighting scenes from the film. The second event will take place on Thursday, April 11, 6-8 p.m. at Columbia Heights Education Campus, 3101 16th St. NW. On this night, there will be a full screening of the film followed by reflection and discussion led by Eric Butler. Both events will begin with community-building and refreshments from 5-6 p.m. The event is free of charge, but tickets are required. Reserve your tickets
For additional information about the film, please visit the movie’s website. Download a sharable flyer about the DC screening events. For any other information or questions, please contact Jessica Dulay at Jessica.Dulay@dc.gov.
Webinar Training: Understanding and Administering OSSE’s Home Language Survey
OSSE is pleased to announce an upcoming webinar training on the District of Columbia’s Home Language Survey. The OSSE Home Language Survey is included in the student enrollment packet and its completion is required for all families enrolling their child in a DC public or public charter school for the first time. The results of the survey are used to identify students who need to be screened for eligibility into the LEA’s language assistance program. The OSSE Home Language Survey resources are located on OSSE’s website.
During this webinar, attendees will gain an understanding of:
School registrars, school LEA and enrollment staff, English Learner Points of Contact, and all other relevant staff are encouraged to participate. This webinar will take place on Friday, April 26, 2019, from 1-2 p.m. Register - registration is required.
- The law surrounding English learner identification;
- The purpose of the Home Language Survey; and
- The standardized statewide procedures to administer the OSSE Home Language Survey.
For questions, please contact Anika Harris at Anika.Harris@dc.gov.
Response to Intervention: What’s Next
Response to Intervention (RtI) is a school-based, multi-level prevention system of identification and intervention for students at academic or behavioral risk. OSSE’s Division of Teaching and Learning will hold an RtI training with the following focus:
This training requires a foundational knowledge of RtI. The training will be held on Tuesday, May 7, 2019, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. and will take place at OSSE, Fifth Floor, Nannie Helen Burroughs Conference Room (Room 523). Register
- Exiting students who have made adequate progress from Tier II and Tier III interventions
- Next steps for students who have not made adequate progress by the middle of the school year
- Planning for support midway through the school year
For more information or questions, please contact Angela Awonaike at Angela.Awonaike@dc.gov or (202) 481-3870.
Developing an Effective RtI System
Response to Intervention (RtI) is a school-based, multi-level prevention system with identification and intervention for students at academic or behavioral risk. OSSE’s Division of Teaching & Learning will hold a training for school-based leaders on developing and improving school RtI systems. This training will focus on:
This training is open to school-based leaders and educators serving students in public schools and public charter schools in the District of Columbia. This training will be held on Tuesday, April 30, 2019, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. at OSSE, First Floor, Eleanor Holmes Norton III (Room 110). Register
- Response to Intervention key concepts;
- Planning professional development;
- Screening and progress monitoring; and
For more information or questions, please contact Angela Awonaike at Angela.Awonaike@dc.gov or (202) 481-3870.
Student Support Teams
The Student Support Team (SST) is a collaborative, school-based, problem-solving team that is organized to address academic, medical, behavioral/emotional, and/or other problems that may interfere with a student’s ability to obtain an appropriate education. OSSE's Division of Teaching and Learning will provide an introduction and deep dive into the SST process with a two-part training to empower school teams to build and improve their SST teams and processes. The SST Foundations training is part one of this series, and will include:
All public or public charter school staff members in the District who are interested in learning more about the SST process, or who are part of their school’s current SST process, are invited to participate. This training will be held on Wednesday, May 8, 2019, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. at OSSE, Fifth Floor, Nannie Helen Burroughs (523). Register
- An overview of the SST process and Response to Intervention (RtI)
- Best practices for the SST process
- Selecting appropriate interventions
- Curriculum-based monitoring
For more information or questions, please contact Angela Awonaike at Angela.Awonaike@dc.gov or (202) 481-3870.
Trauma Informed Care - Introductory Training (reminder)
OSSE, in collaboration with InSite Solutions, will host trauma informed care trainings tailored for individuals who work in schools. The training content will include:
Each school that participates in the training will receive an opportunity (subject to availability of hours) to complete a case consultation session with InSite Solutions. The consultation session is designed to support sustainability in competency areas around school-focused trauma informed care.
- An overview of the concept of trauma;
- A review of the impact of trauma on children/adolescents;
- An overview of trauma informed care treatment models (e.g., trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy, trauma systems therapy, cognitive behavioral intervention for trauma in schools); and
- Concepts, such as trauma informed care and related approaches, that can be implemented in schools and classrooms to create a trauma informed culture.
This training opportunity and corresponding consultation sessions are only available for current staff serving in public schools and public charter schools in the District of Columbia.
Participants can choose from several available dates for this one-day training, including Wednesday, May 15 and Tuesday, May 21, 2019. Additional sessions will be offered in August and September. All sessions are from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at OSSE, First Floor, Eleanor Holmes Norton Rooms. Register
For more information or questions, please contact Nakanya Magby at Nakanya.Magby@dc.gov.
Announcing the 2019 DC Secondary Transition Institute (reminder)
On Tuesday, June 4, 2019, OSSE's Division of Teaching and Learning will host a Secondary Transition Institute for interested LEAs serving middle and high school students in the District of Columbia.
Participants will learn more about evidence-based practices in secondary transition for students with disabilities through inspiring keynote speakers, rich content sessions, and thought-provoking panels. Participants will also have the opportunity to gather resources and meet with individuals from across the District who are working to improve post-school outcomes for students with disabilities.
This full-day event will take place on Tuesday, June 4, 2019, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., at OSSE, First Floor, Eleanor Holmes Norton Rooms. Register
Participants will receive six OSSE professional learning units (PLUs). For questions, please contact Jennifer Carpenter at Jennifer.Carpenter@dc.gov.
Registration Now Open for OSSE’s Multilingual Learner Conference: Empowering Success Through Language Learning (reminder)
OSSE is pleased to announce that registration is now open for its first Multilingual Learner Conference, Empowering Success Through Language Learning, taking place on Friday and Saturday, June 7-8, 2019 at the Kellogg Conference Hotel at Gallaudet University. This conference will bring together hundreds of pre-K through grade 12 dual language and/or English language program teachers, leaders, and service providers from all DC schools for two days of professional development events. The purpose of the conference is to:
Breakout sessions will focus on:
- Ensure all language learners have equitable opportunity to achieve their goals;
- Draw on DC educators’ extensive expertise in teaching language learners; and
- Foster collaboration among our public and public charter school language educators.
Friday, June 7, 2019, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. will focus on English Language Programming and Saturday, June 8, 2019, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. will focus on Dual Language Programming. Participants may register for one or both days and will receive seven OSSE professional learning units (PLUs) for each day of attendance. Register
- Sharing effective, culturally responsive, instructional and assessment practices that impact student achievement;
- Understanding difference and disability when teaching and assessing language learners;
- Supporting early childhood education and developing learners ages 3-8; and
- Strengthening family and community engagement and resources to enhance partnerships.
Priority will be given to educators and staff serving in public and public charter schools in DC. For details, please view the conference website. For questions, please contact Jennifer Norton at Jennifer.Norton@dc.gov.