The DC School Report Card gives District of Columbia families a look into every public school in the District. This new tool, built in response to a need we heard from parents, is a step towards a more transparent, equitable public education system helping us put students at the center of critical decision-making. The new DC School Report Card will launch in December 2018.
What is a School Report Card?
A school report card is a tool that provides you with information about a school overall, and helps you understand how well a school is doing or where it needs more support. All states, including DC, are required to create report cards by law called the Every Student Succeeds Act or ESSA. While the report cards are federally required, we felt they must also be helpful for the families and community members using them to engage in their child’s school. Over the past year, the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) has heard almost 4,000 voices of parents and community members guiding the development of the report card.
You can find more information below about the new school report cards, the STAR Framework, DC’s accountability system, and OSSE’s parent and community engagement below.
Between September 2017 and July 2018, thousands of parents, educators and community members helped OSSE build and design a new report card that is as helpful and user-friendly as possible for the parents and families served by public schools in the District of Columbia. You can read more about OSSE’s engagement and what we heard from families and the community below.
- Learn who we heard from about report card content and report card layout and design.
- Read about how OSSE responded to community feedback on report card content and report card layout and design.
- View archived engagement materials on report card content and report card design.
The DC School Report Cards pull high-quality data from the same source school leaders and policymakers use to evaluate and improve schools. The DC School Report Card provides over 150 data elements, including the STAR Framework and many data elements and metrics which are not part of the STAR Framework for a school. Students perform better when educators, school leaders and parents are on the same page, and soon, parents will have what policymakers have.
Want to know more about what will be on the DC School Report Cards, and how you can use the information to engage more deeply in your child’s school? Check out our resources and tools below!
- DC School Report Card At-a-Glance | Coming soon! DC School Report Card Brochure
- STAR Framework At-a-Glance | Coming soon! STAR Framework Brochure
Looking for more detailed information about the STAR Framework? Access the 2018-19 DC School Report Card and STAR Framework Technical Guide.
The DC School Report Cards will launch in December of 2018. Sign up today to get more information about the report card, STAR Framework, and report card launch.