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                                                                        Nov. 7-13, 2019

Important Announcements
  • DC Science Assessment Achievement Standards Approval  (reminder)
Professional Development, Leadership Opportunities & Events
  • Subscribe Today! New Teaching and Learning Professional Development Newsletter for Educators
  • Upcoming Teaching and Learning Professional Development Training
  • CLASS Primer Training Opportunity
  • Training for Mandated Reporters
  • Preparing for the DC Secondary STEM Fair, Grades 6-12 (reminder)
Opportunities for Students & Families
  • Join Us in Celebrating #WhyApplyDC  (reminder)
Important Dates & Deadlines

DC Science Assessment Achievement Standards Approval  (reminder)
The DC State Board of Education approved the DC Science Assessment achievement standards on Oct. 23, 2019. Attaining this milestone allows OSSE to begin the process of creating individual student reports (ISRs) and LEA reports. These reports are scheduled to be released in December 2019.
The DC Science Assessment achievement standards are used to separate the test score scale into four levels of performance. The policy definitions for the performance levels can be viewed here.

If you would like to learn more about the DC Science Assessment, please visit OSSE’s website. For questions about DC Science and achievement standards, please contact Daniel Alcazar-Roman at


Subscribe to OSSE's Teaching and Learning PD Bulletin and provide your first name, last name, and school email address. To connect with a member of the Teaching and Learning team about professional development opportunities, please view their contact information. To view a full calendar of all upcoming training opportunities, please visit

Upcoming Teaching and Learning Professional Development Training CLASS Primer Training Opportunity
OSSE, in coordination with Teachstone, is offering the CLASS Primer for Teachers training. This training provides a basic understanding of what is captured by each CLASS domain and dimension, why CLASS is important, and how CLASS resources can benefit you. This training supports a better understanding of CLASS pre-K and teachers who will receive CLASS-based professional development. The CLASS primer training is appropriate for pre-K 3 and pre-K 4 lead teachers and assistant teachers. Teachers who attend the training will receive a subscription to the myTeachstone CLASS Learning Community, CLASS strategy cards, and the CLASS dictionary.

Trainings will be held on:
  • Monday, Nov. 25, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at OSSE, First Floor, Eleanor Holmes Norton I/III, Rooms 108/110
  • Monday, Dec. 2, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at Martha’s Table at the Commons, 2375 Elvans Rd. SE
  • Monday, Dec. 2, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at Southeast Tennis and Learning Center, 701 Mississippi Ave. SE
Register - registration is free, but due to limited space only one representative from each facility may attend. Participants in this training will receive 0.7 CEUs.
For questions, please contact Seth Taylor, education research analyst, at (202) 741-7623 or

Training for Mandated Reporters
OSSE's Division of Systems and Supports, K-12, in collaboration with the DC Office of the Attorney General (OAG) and the DC Child and Family Services Agency (CFSA), will host a mandated reporter training on Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019, from 1-4 p.m. Mandated reporters are professionals obligated by the federal Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA) and DC law to report known or suspected incidents of child abuse and neglect. In DC, mandated reporters who should be trained include school officials, teachers, athletic coaches, counselors, social service workers, and other direct care professionals. This training is for new mandated reporters and also serves as a refresher course for previously identified mandated reporters.

This training will be held at OSSE, Eleanor Holmes Norton I, Room 108. Register
For more information or questions, please contact OSSE's Special Programs Unit at

Preparing for the DC Secondary STEM Fair, Grades 6-12  (reminder)
The DC STEM Fair is the longest-running student competition in the District of Columbia. The Secondary DC STEM Fair is open to students in grades 6-12 from DC public, public charter, parochial, private, and home schools. This event brings together students from all eight wards to showcase their ideas and innovations and is a fun experience for the entire family. For key dates and more information on OSSE's webinar training, visit OSSE's website.

Additionally, the TGR Foundation will host and facilitate professional learning workshops for secondary educators to take place on-site during the STEM Fair. Please fill out this short survey to show interest and provide feedback on desired topics by Friday, Dec. 20, 2019. Contact Jessica Kesler at for more information about these workshops.

For questions about the DC STEM Fair, please contact Lauren Allen at


Join Us in Celebrating #WhyApplyDC  (reminder)
On Friday, Nov. 8, wear your favorite college gear, log on to your favorite social media channels, and join the DC College Application and Exploration Month initiative to tell students why it’s important to apply to college.

#WhyApplyDC Day celebrates the college application season by sharing supportive and motivating messages on social media about the importance of applying to college – a critical and necessary step on the journey to postsecondary education.

See OSSE's website on how you can participate. Be sure to tag OSSE at @OSSEDC and use hashtag #WhyApplyDC to help promote DC College Application and Exploration Month throughout the month of November. We can’t wait to celebrate students in the District in November!

For more information about this exciting campaign, please contact Tiffany DeJesus at or (202) 741-6415.

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OSSE Key Points of Contact for LEAs
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