CHPSPO Meeting Notes – October 20, 2015

Capitol Hill Public Schools Parent Organization
Maury Elementary School, 
1250 Constitution Ave., NE

October 20, 2015, 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.

  1. PARCC test results and Cross-Sector Collaboration Task Force (Claudia Lujan)
  • PARCC Results
    • Timing:
      • District-wide @ school level for high schools out next week
      • District-wide @ school level for grades 3-8 out end of November
      • Student –level data out in December
    • This is a BASELINE Year.
    • We will not be able to compare PARCC with past (DC CAS) data.
    • OSSE will pause on accountability for one year; schools will not be able to move from rising to reward, etc.
    • OSSE report to go out to parents in December, to enable parents to understand where students lie on new scale and the 5 performance levels (but not comparable to past). See how to read the PARCC here.
    • Q/A:
      • At district level, we will compare how we are faring w other districts; school level comparisons will be available; Peer group = other states that are using PARCC
      • Is OSSE sticking w/ the cutoffs of proficiency on the PARCC scale? A: Yes, DCBOE voted to keep to PARCC scale, rather than own scale.
      • How were technical glitches been addressed? These would have impacted scores.
        • A: In rollout, from tech perspective and questions, a lot was done to gauge
        • A: Report around glitches will be developed, but not sure about timing
      • Concerning that scores are being shared publicly when tech issues are known; A: this should be considered as input to FAQs that will be released w/ scores
      • From an administration perspective, changes this year:
        • Only 1 testing window as compared to last year’s 2 testing window
        • OCTO supported the hardware in the past, but hoping this year, if OCTO could set up the computers so they are ready w/out pop up windows/hiccoughs, would be really helpful.
      • Professional development (PD) for common core? How is it being addressed? A: PD is addressed at LEA/school level, not district-wide. Teachers participated in developing questions that were included in localized PARCC DC test
  1. Cross-Sector Collaboration Task Force Update (
  • Received many nominations (90ish) for parent/community members, were overwhelmed, now sifting through; Separate nomination process for LEAs
  • Announced in a couple of weeks; will kick off in January 2016
  • TF will meet monthly; 1 year commitment of the 2 year process
  • Initial target 23-25 members in task force, but not over 30
  • Q&A:
    • FAQs said meetings would be private – open meetings act requires government committee meetings to be open to public – A: Closed meetings reasoning: difficult conversation. Important to have honest conversations; would open meetings compromise this? Risk of media/social media taking statements out of context
  • What is actionable? Mayor has no authority over PCSB. A: While PCSB is authorizer, charter leaders will be engaged and they understand that lack of coordination cannot continue. Many charter leaders have expressed willingness to coordinate.
  1. DCPS-led discussion about the upcoming food services contract (Shanita Burney)
  • Liz Leach (DCPS OFNS) – history of food services contracts; $19M going back to DCPS from settlement; RFP will go out in December; We cook in every single kitchen in DCPS except Rev Foods schools
  • Feedback from parents in the room:
    • Ben Feldman (Brent ES)– addressed history of Chartwells contract, issues with outsourcing; noted Chancellor did not join whistleblower suit
    • Heather Schoell (Eliot-Hine MS)– can we use settlement money for library books?
    • Q from JO parent about food waste
    • Miner parent (w/interpreter) — Do not like Prepackaged, processed, high sugar items
    • Concern about being cut out of “boutique” groupings of schools
    • Ward 1 parent(?) — Concern about survey; Half of the survey being about student preference
    • Standards fall during summer meals program
    • Unhealthy choices at school make it hard to hold the line at home
    • Group meals at Title I schools end up reinforcing high-sugar food preferences
    • Let’s have oatmeal, low sugar yogurt;
    • Caryn Ernst (Capitol Hill Cluster Schools) – how to make menus more accommodating for gluten-free students (same for allergies, lactose-intolerant)
    • Salad Bars — more days, more options – kids eat plenty of vegetables that way
    • Gwenn (sp?) — Bbq chicken, blackened tilapia, etc — are those items too spicy, seasoned?
    • Heather – vendors off menu is real problem for kids with dietary issues, allergies
    • Make sure all the equipment is working — foods too cold, not high quality
    • Lisa Miller – kids subbing milk for juice
    • Developmentally appropriate portions, menus — PK3 – 4 / K – 5 different choices by age
    • Ben Feldman — We are an 80% FARM district. We have to do food as a core mission. Focus on scratch-made food, locally sourced meals. Focus on vendors who ensure staff have strong culinary skills, care about presentation, good food smells.  Food experience that shows we’re investing in children. RFP needs to be tilted in a way that knife skills, culinary experience, cultivates palates, scratch-made, on site, appealing food
    • W1 parent (?) — More technical concerns. DCPS meal costs are among the highest in the country but we’re not seeing the return on investment. Advantage of privatization should be higher quality, lower costs. We’re not seeing that. What is DCPS going to do to drive up the quality of the food? In-house food service in other districts returns a profit.
    • We’re paying the money but we’re not getting results.
    • Are you breaking down the schools into pods for bidding? A: Liz Leach — Bidding on single schools isn’t efficient for vendors.
    • Payne ES Parent – other countries serve soups; A: LL: Great idea. We don’t have the equipment right now.
    • Parent (Gail) – single vendor? A: LL – TBD
    • Always milk? A: LL – Well, we could sell water. Laura Marks/: No! (we have DC Water!!)
    • Sandra (Capitol Hill Montessori at Logan): What about disconnect between school and vendor? What is the DCPS oversight over vendor? A: LL: There is oversight and management Cafeteria Lead who is site manager, manager over that with 10 schools, 3 managers over that, DCPS personnel over that.
    • Give feedback/ideas here!
  1. Planning for November discussion about substitute teachers (Moved to next month’s agenda)

Next CHPSPO Meeting:  November 17, 2015

Upcoming Events

October 28 from 7 – 9 pm, SHAPPE/DC Fiscal Policy Institute Forum on DC Public Schools’ Budget Priorities, , Luke Moore Academy, 1001 Monroe St., NE.

November 2, 11 am, JAWB: DC Council Education Committee Hearing On DCPS School Modernizations

November 7, 10 am Educator Town Hall Curbing School to Prison to Pipeline

November 8, 6 – 10 pm, J.O. Wilson will host the 4th annual Taste of H.  Tickets can be purchased at Taste of H.

For additional Education Committee Hearings and Meetings, go to


CHPSPO Meeting Notes – September 15, 2015

Capitol Hill Public Schools Parent Organization
Stuart Hobson Middle School

September 15, 2015

1) Discussion about CHPSPO’s nomination to the Cross-Sector Task Force

  • Issues we think are important for the Task Force to address
    • Planning: # of seats, site selection, curriculum
    • Grade alignment (consistency around at grades are included in middle school)
    • Financial transparency
    • Long-term à amend the existing laws
    • Ways to foster stability throughout the school system
    • Ways to foster collaboration not competition
  • Discussion with people interested in serving on Task Force
    • Caryn Ernst (Capitol Hill Cluster School parent and former PTA president) and Sandra Moscoso (Capitol Hill Montessori at Logan & former LSAT Chair/BASISDC parent)
  • Voting on CHPSPO’s nomination
    • Caryn Ernst was selected to receive the CHPSPO nomination.

2) Discussion about blog, Valerie Jablow;

  • Follow the blog via email, disseminate it into your communities and reach out to Valerie to contribute posts

3) Upcoming DC Council Education Committee hearings and events. Laura Marks

  • Visit here for calendar of Education Committee hearing dates in September and October 2015 and instructions for submitting testimony
  • Public School Food and Nutrition Services Programs and School Food and Nutrition Services Contract Requirement Act of 2015 – public roundtable. Wednesday, September 30, 2015, 10:00 a.m., Hearing Room 412
  • Early Learning Quality Improvement Network Amendment Act of 2015 and Higher Education Licensure Commission Amendment Act of 2015. Thursday, October 1, 2015, 10:00 a.m., Hearing Room 412
  • Public Charter School Fiscal Transparency Amendment Act of 2015. Wednesday, October 14, 2015, 1:00 p.m., Hearing Room 120

4) CHPSPO visits to Wilson Building, Ivan Frishberg.

In process of scheduling group visits with councilmembers on education committee.

5) DCPS Library Resourcing. Peter MacPherson.

  • Proposal to advocate for adequately resourcing DCPS libraries (recommended is 20 volumes/student, which is not currently the case at many schools). Idea is to apply the $13.7 million settlement from Chartwells towards funding volumes in schools without adequate collections.
  • Surveys were distributed to CHPSPO librarians to collect information about individual school collections. Please return completed surveys to Suzanne Wells.

6) Walk-to-School Day Planning, George Blackmon

  • Wednesday, October 7, 7:30-8:30 AM @ Lincoln Park
  • Schools are encouraged to hold their own events, if the distance to/from Lincoln Park is inconvenient.
  • Speakers; draft agenda:
    • 7:30: Arrival/Snacks and American Parkour Academy demos
    • 7:45: Ward 6 CM Charles Allen welcomes everyone
      • NOTE: Charles give a shout out to Mark Toorock and Matt Caraballo from American Parkour Academy (they won’t speak, but will be leading demos on the park).
    • 7:48: Maury ES Cheerleaders perform
    • 7:53 Miriam Kenyon, director of health and physical education at District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS)
    • 7:56: Tommy Wells, Director of the District Department of the Environment
    • 7:59: JO Wilson ES Cheerleaders perform
    • 8:04: Fitness celebrity Gabriella Boston leads yoga stretch
    • 8:10: Charles Allen sends everyone off to school

7) American Parkour, Mark Toorock and Matt Caraballo

Next CHPSPO Meeting:  October 20, 2015

Upcoming Events

September 30 Education Committee hearing on DCPS Food & Nutrition Services Program, 10AM

September 30  DCPS State of Schools with Chancellor Henderson, Dunbar HS, 7-9 PM

October 4        Brent Fall Festival

October 7        Walk-to-School Day (register your school at

October 8        Jefferson Academy vs Stuart Hobson (6-8 PM @ Coolidge HS)

October 10      Capitol Hill Cluster School PTA Renovators Tour Fundraiser

October 17      Capitol Hill Community Foundation’s A Literary Feast (

October 21      Education Committee hearing on issues facing youth

October 24      Capitol Hill Montessori at Logan’s Haunted Harvest, 6-9PM

October 24      Maury Elementary’s Fall Festival

October 24      Tyler Elementary’s Harvest Festival, 11AM-3PM

November 8    JO Wilson’s Taste of H (


CHPSPO Meeting Notes – July 21, 2015

Capitol Hill Public Schools Parent Organization

Maury Elementary

July 21, 2015

OSSE Draft Parent Reports

Gwen Rubinstein with OSSE, and Steve Cartwright, a contractor for OSSE, shared drafts of reports being designed for parents to help them understand their child’s test results under the new Partnership for Assessment for Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) tests.  Ms. Rubinstein explained the test results from school year 2014/2015 will not be available till the fall of 2015.  There were many comments about the draft report including:

  • Because it is anticipated test scores will drop under PARCC when compared with the DC CAS, some explanation about the differences in the two test results is needed;
  • The range for the test scores is between 500 and 580, and it is not clear why the scores are in this range as opposed to 0 to 80, for example;
  • It was suggested that the words describing the level of understanding, e.g., moderate understanding, be more prominent rather than performance level, e.g., Level 3, and the overall score, e.g., 556 which have little meaning to parents;
  • The term “distinguished” understanding is likely not to be understood;
  • When it says “David is growing slower than other students at the same level of prior achievement,” is this a comparison within the individual school or a system-wide comparison, or a comparison across states?
  • The term LEA is not familiar to most parents; and it isn’t clear what it means on the draft report
  • The comparisons between the overall score that is on a scale of 500 to 580 and the English Language Arts Scoring Categories (reading is out of 60 and writing is out of 40) is confusing;
  • Under the questions to ask your child’s teacher there are a series of suggestions related to what the parent can do to support the child’s learning. Equally important to know is what support is being provided by the school to help the child obtain a proficient or above level;
  • Under the section that describes what the child needs to improve his knowledge and skills, some of the language is likely not familiar to parents, e.g., “…writing prompts.”

We invited Ms. Rubinstein to come back to the September CHPSPO meeting to share the revised reports.

Faith Hubbard, State Board of Education (SBOE) Student Advocate

Ms. Hubbard explained her position is a newly legislated role that was created in the Student and Parent Empowerment Act.  While the position is within the SBOE, it is independent of the SBOE.  Ms. Hubbard sees the role as open-ended right now.  The role is designed to look out for multiple interests of families, and work to help families navigate the system.  Ms. Hubbard sees her role including being a resource for individual parents.

Ms. Hubbard described two projects she is actively working on and/or exploring:

  1. Providing parent leadership and advocacy training. This program has been successful in Connecticut (, and has worked well in other cities.
  2. Creating a website with information on the District’s school governance structure, and a broad array of education resources.

Ms. Hubbard also described how the Ward 5 Education Council operates (Ms. Hubbard was the president of the Ward 5 Education Council prior to her appointment as the Student Advocate.  The Ward 5 Education Council was established in 1985, and Ms. Hubbard got involved in the Council a few years ago.  The Ward 5 Education Council has a president, 1st VP, 2nd VP, 3rd VP, Treasurer and Secretary.

Visits to City Councilmembers at the Wilson Building

Ivan Frishberg discussed scheduling another round of visits to the Wilson building to meet with City Councilmembers.  We discussed continuing a focus on school modernizations.  There was support for scheduling the meetings in September.

Walk-to-School Day, October 7

The following people volunteered to help plan Walk-to-School Day:

  • Danica Petroshius – Lincoln Park permit
  • Suzanne Wells – Capitol Hill Community Foundation mini-grant
  • Erin Roth and George Blackmon – bag donations
  • Shahna Gooneratne – DC Water (bottles and Wendy the Water Drop)
  • Beth Bacon and Sandra Moscoso – Line up speakers
  • George has already confirmed the Maury cheerleaders will perform
  • All schools are encouraged to register at

CHPSPO Meeting Notes – June 16, 2015

Capitol Hill Public Schools Parent Organization

Jefferson Academy

June 16, 2015

1. Public Education Reform Amendment Act (PERRA) Roundtable (June 22)

We discussed the National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences Summative Evaluation of the District of Columbia’s Public Schools. This evaluation was on the Public Education Reform Amendment Act (PERAA) of 2007 that gave control of the public schools to the mayor, established the office of Chancellor of DCPS, and established the Deputy Mayor for Education (DME), the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) and the State Board of Education (SBOE).

The report found significant areas of concern regarding 1) the lack of an entity that can support interagency coordinations, i.e., information sharing, collaboration and support, 2) the lack of data infrastructure that could support interagency coordination; and 3) lack of coordination between OSSE, SBOE and the DME. The report found coordination among DCPS and the charter schools “is also limited.”

Individual CHPSPO members are planning to submit written comments or testify regarding concerns with lack of accountability for the public charter schools, the need for open data, the need for a cross-sector task force that has “real teeth behind it,” and that public charter schools should be subject to FOIA requirements.

2. Ward 6 Education Town Hall meeting (June 24)

The State Board of Education was not asked to co-sponsor the Town Hall meeting that was scheduled by Councilmember Grosso.

Individuals are asked to RSVP and post topics they’d like to discuss online.

There is expected to be a discussion about the “tool” the Education Committee developed that set out criteria to determine the prioritization for school modernization funds. Concerns with the criteria dealing with enrollment were discussed. This criteria leads to investments in large, established schools, and delays investments in schools that are small, but trying to build their populations. There are significant concerns with the data that were used to populate the tool. The tool does not look at basic education specs, e.g., does the school have adequate lighting, are there science labs, are the acoustics adequate for learning, etc. Concern was expressed that there was not adequate public input into a tool that has such far reaching implications.

Topics also suggested for discussion were expansion of language immersion programs, and siting of new public charter schools.

3. Ward 6 Speaks

We discussed the Ward 6 Forum on Language Immersion that was held June 11. About 40 people attended the forum, and attendees felt the information provided by the panel on the positive impacts on student achievement was very informative. At the forum, there was discussion about the possibility

of expanding the Tyler Spanish Immersion program within the school, and prospective parent efforts to start a Mandarin Immersion program at Miner.

It was decided CHPSPO would establish a Language Immersion Committee to 1) share information among schools seeking to expand/establish language immersion programs, 2) to develop recommendations across Ward 6 regarding language immersion programs, and 3) to inform and support city-wide language immersion efforts.

The following volunteered to be members of the committee: Gimbiya Lin, Tammy Alexander, Erin Roth, and Suzanne Wells. We will seek additional members.

Next CHPSPO Meeting:  July 21, 2015

Upcoming Events

June 22 – Public Education Reform Amendment Act (PERRA), Roundtable Part II – 11am

This is the continuation of a public roundtable on the summative evaluation of public schools in the District of Columbia as required by the Public Education Reform Amendment Act of 2007. Copies of the National Academy of Sciences report can be found here. Contact Ade Adenariwo at by close of business Thursday, June 18 to testify.

June 24 – Education Committee Chairman David Grosso’s Ward 6 Education Town Hall together with Councilmember Charles Allen, 6:30-8:30pm, SW Library, 900 Wesley Place SW.

July 3 – 4th of July Parade, Barracks Row.  The Barracks Row 4th of July Parade falls on a Friday this year.   Contact Phil Guire  (  for more information on the parade.

July 8 – DC Council Roundtable: DGS Contracting and Procurement Practices for Constructing and Modernizing District of Columbia Public Schools, 11am, Room 500.  Contact Aukima Benjamin, staff assistant to the Committee on Transportation and the Environment, at (202) 724-8062 or Persons representing organizations will have five minutes to present their testimony. Individuals will have three minutes to present their testimony.

CHPSPO Meeting Notes – February 17, 2015

February 17, 2015,  6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.

  1. Extension of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) Flexibility Waiver, OSSE

Learn more about the waiver here.

  • By end of March, DC needs to submit updated ESEA flexibility waiver
  • The substantive updates in this draft application include:
    • DC’s transition to the Next Generation Assessments (NGAs);
    • Increased flexibility to take high school level courses in middle school;
    • Updated language related to OSSE’s State System of Support (SSOS);
    • A requested pause in school classification during the assessment transition; and
    • A proposed pause in the use of state assessment growth data for teacher evaluations.
  • Opportunity to influence:
    • Role of Assessments, how much we are assessing students
    • Accountability plans
      • Types of resources schools should get vis a vis school rankings
    • Role of IMPACT
  • End of summer, vote for new accountability framework
  • OSSE committed to have meaningful public engagement
  • OSSE’s support of students w/ disabilities (who qualify for any sort of IEP)
  • OSSE will ask teachers/Principals these types of Qs
  • Grants avail through this process for research
  1. Upcoming Committee on Education Performance Oversight Hearings – Schedule here.

ACTION: Encourage families to attend working groups and hearings.

  • Questions to consider:
    • Too much testing??
    • How are teachers being evaluated? Are they being evaluated fairly? How do we get the best teachers in our schools and keep them?
    • How are students with disabilities being supported?
    • What was impact of the Proving What’s Possible/Student Satisfaction funding?
    • Is the at-risk funding truly following the at-risk students?
    • How is DCPS marketing its schools? How are the feeder patterns being promoted?  How are 4th graders being engaged at the middle schools?  Charter schools are out-marketing DCPS with fact sheets and open houses.
    • Have assessments been done on impact of ½ time foreign language teachers in elementary schools?
  1. Possible CHPSPO/ANCs meeting with Deputy Mayor for Education to discuss education issues from our community’s perspective.
  • Will reach out to ANCs to find dates. Sandra will contact 6b, Marty 6d, and Joe 6e.
  • Modernization of our middle schools is an issue to discuss with the DME.
  1. Libraries update by Peter Macpherson

Next CHPSPO Meeting:  March 17, 2015

Upcoming Events


February 21     10 to 11:30 am, Stuart Hobson Middle School, 410 E Street NE. 

Meeting hosted by the Office of the State Superintendent of Education on the role of testing in our schools, how to close achievement gaps, and how to improve the quality of instruction for all students. This conversation is designed to get the public’s input on important topics in advance of the State Board of Education voting in March on a waiver to the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), commonly known as No Child Left Behind.

March 7           SWS Auction

March 13         Cluster Rocks Auction

March 14         Alchemy of Great Taste, Tyler Fundraiser

March 28         Maury at the Market

April 11           Anacostia Fish Bike Festival

May 6              Bike to School Day

May 17            Capitol Hill Classic

Upcoming Committee on Education Performance Oversight Hearings on FY 14/15

Wednesday, 2/18/2015, 10:00am, Room 123

  • Public Charter School Board
  • Bullying Prevention Taskforce
  • Healthy Youth and Schools Commission

Thursday, 2/19/2015, 10:00am, Room 412

  • District of Columbia Public Schools (Public Witnesses Only)

Tuesday, 2/24/2015, 10:00am, Room 500

  • District of Columbia Public Schools (Government Witnesses Only)

Thursday, 3/5/2015, 10:00am, Room 412

  • Office of the State Superintendent of Education
  • State Board of Education

Tuesday, 3/10/2015, 10:00am, Room 123

  • Deputy Mayor for Education
  • District of Columbia Public Library System

Persons wishing to testify about the performance of any of the foregoing agencies may contact: Christina Henderson,, or by calling 202-724-8191.

CHPSPO Meeting Notes – December 16, 2014

Tyler Elementary School, Art Room, 1001 G St., SE

December 16, 2014, 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.

  1. A representative from OSSE did not attend the meeting to discuss the extension of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) flexibility waiver.  They will be invited to the January meeting.
  2. DCPS Education Councils Meeting – DCPS held a meeting in December with representatives from the education councils from all eight wards.  CHPSPO was represented by George Blackmon (Maury), Samantha Caruth (J.O. Wilson and Stuart Hobson), Mandla Deskins (Payne), and Suzanne Wells (Tyler).  The main topics discussed were the FY15/16 school budgets, and a new Young Men of Color initiative DCPS is undertaking.  We discussed that we expect to vary who from CHPSPO attends future meetings based on the topics and interests of CHPSPO members.
  3. DCYOP – Joe Weedon mentioned that the DC Youth Orchestra Program is looking for a home for a summer camp they are planning.  They will need five to eight classrooms, and a performing space.  It is a two-week camp in July.  The camp will be for pre-school through 5th grade.  The DCYOP recently received a grant to develop a string curriculum.
  4. Levine School of Music – Joe also mentioned a meeting that the Levine School of Music held to discuss how they can help bring musical instruction into the schools (band, string and choral).  Representatives from Eastern, Maury, Tyler, Payne, Stuart Hobson, and Jefferson attended the meeting.
  5. Challenger Center – Joe said the Challenger Center is working to put together a delegation to meet with DCPS to discuss a space use agreement.  Eliot Hine and Jefferson are potential sites.
  6. State Board of Education Priorities – Joe Weedon is our newly elected Ward 6 representative to the State Board of Education.  Joe explained that some current roles of the State Board of Education are developing graduation requirements and serving as an advocate for parents.

    Some suggestions we gave Joe for future work for the State Board of Education are:

  • Look at whether funding follows the student, e.g., at-risk youth funding and funding for students who leave a school after the audited enrollment date;
  • Look at the small school cutoff, and what impact it has had in DCPS. The small school cutoff number has been rising in recent years, i.e., from 250 to now 400. How do other systems handle staffing critical positions at small schools, e.g., librarians, art & music, world languages?  What are the impacts of the staffing formula when looked at in light of the per student allocation?
  • Look at transparency in spending between the charter schools and DCPS.
  • Look at the new elementary world language instruction. Is DC implementing programs that have proven results in other settings? Is the current structure of world language instruction a good use of resources? What can DCPS do to support increasing desire for dual language instruction?

7. Art sculptures – Marty Welles shared how Amidon Bowen used some of their Proving What’s Possible grants to fund an artist, Kevin Reese, to work with K – 2nd grade students to build a moveable sculpture that is outside the entrance of the school.  The project cost $20K.  A second project is planned for 3rd – 5th graders.  Visit to see examples of the projects.  The sculpture outside of Amidon Bowen says this is a school that people care about, and where good things are happening.

8. 3rd grade sports participation.  Marty also discussed his efforts to get DCPS to allow 3rd graders to compete in the school sports.  More to come on this issue.

Next CHPSPO Meeting:  January 20, 2015

Upcoming Events

March 7           SWS Auction

March 13         Cluster Rocks Auction

March 14         Alchemy of Great Taste, Tyler Fundraiser

March 28         Maury at the Market

May 17            Capitol Hill Classic

CHPSPO Meeting Notes – November 18, 2014

Payne Elementary School Library, 1445 C St., SE

November 18, 2014, 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Extension of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) Flexibility Waiver, Jeff Noel, OSSE

  1. Process of preparing first administration of the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) assessment – computer delivered assessment; higher standard of rigor; aligned with Common Core State Standards
  2. Proposing a one year pause for high-stakes decision making (school classifications and teacher evaluations) during first year of implementing new assessments
    • in order to evaluate impact
    • Test results often come back late – may be 6 months behind: a lot of analysis follows initial rollout
  3. OSSE proposes we come together to have a discussion as the education community to discuss the new assessments. Jeff Noel was invited back to the December CHPSPO meeting for further discussion.
  4. Concerns were raised about high-stakes testing, and the desire to see more data on schools beyond test scores, e.g., student re-enrollment, school climate, teacher retention.

Parent Bill of Rights, Monica Warren-Jones

  • Goal is for kids to become the global citizens they need to be and DCSBOE are engaging families in a proactive manner
  • Draft reflects what is expected of schools
  • Not supposed to impede or supersede existing federal/state laws
  • Draft Parent Bill of Rights Public Roundtable, 6 to 8:30 pm at the Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Neighborhood Library
  • Aiming to vote in December and adopt as a board
  • No Bill of Rights for DC currently (MASS, NY, NH have them)

Challenger Center, Joe Weedon

  • Challenger Center was created by family survivors of the Challenger. Today there are 30 Challenger Centers in the U.S.
  • Strong desire for there to be a Challenger Center within a few miles of Capitol
  • Eliot Hine has been identified as a good location
  • In order to move forward, there is a need for a long-term rental agreement w/ DCPS
  • The existing Challenger Centers are independent, non-profit organizations.
  • All DC schools would have access to it, as well as schools and visitors from outside of the city
  • Curriculum, professional development are owned by the Challenger Center. The Challenger Center raises the money to build the Center.
  • A trip to a Challenger Center in NY may be planned in near future.

Committee of the Whole vs. Education Committee, Suzanne Wells

  • Phil Mendelson considering moving Education Committee back into Committee of the Whole
    • 9 standing committees and 8 veteran councilmembers
  • How to advocate?
    • Call Chairman’s office
    • Make office hours apt
    • Joint coalition letter

Disposition of Gibbs School Building, Suzanne Wells

  • Deputy Mayor for Education’s office is reviewing two applications for Gibbs. One application is for three charter schools (an adult education program, Monument Academy which is a boarding school for students in the foster care system, and Washington Global which is a middle school).  The other application is for Friendship Edison to move its younger students to Gibbs, and to co-locate with two adult education programs.

Next CHPSPO Meeting:  December 16, 2014

Upcoming Events


November 17  FY15/16 DCPS Budget Hearing, Payne Elementary (

November 22  EdFEST, DC’s citywide education fair, 11:00am to 3:00pm, DC Armory.

December 2     Draft Parent Bill of Rights Public Roundtable, 6 to 8:30 pm at the Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Neighborhood Library

December 4     Language Immersion in Urban Public Schools, 6 – 8 pm, MLK Library

December 4     Levine School of Music to present program for instrumental music at Tyler ES, 4PM – Encourage Music teachers to attend

December 7     MOTH School Information Night, 2 pm – 5 pm

March 7           SWS Auction