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OSSE Releases Accomplishments Report

Monday, April 2, 2007
The report covers the first six years of the education agency

(Washington, DC)  Deborah A. Gist, the DC State Education Officer, today announced the release of the DC State Education Office Accomplishments Report 2000-2006. The report spans the work and achievements of the State Education Office (SEO) from its inception in 2000, when the Mayor and the Council of the District of Columbia approved legislation establishing the agency, to 2006. Since starting operations, the SEO has created a solid foundation that addresses the District’s increasingly diverse and complex education needs.

“I am pleased to present this report on the accomplishments of the DC State Education Office,” said Deborah A. Gist, DC State Education Officer.  “I would like to recognize the work of the agency in promoting learning for District residents of all ages by providing access to educational information, resources, and services for a higher quality of life.”

Following are a few of the highlights of the SEO Accomplishments Report 2000-2006:

  • Since the creation of the DC Tuition Assistance Grant program (DCTAG), the percentage of DCPS students attending college has doubled from 30% in 1999 to 60% in 2005.
  • For three consecutive years, the SEO’s Free Summer Meals Program has been recognized by the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) for the highest summer meal participation rate by children and youth in the United States. The District provided summer meals to 77% of students who receive free and reduced-price lunch at school, far exceeding the national average of 18%.
  • The SEO is the premier education policy research arm of the District of Columbia government. As an example. the SEO performs extensive analyses that lead to annual recommendations for the Uniform Per Student Funding Formula, the funding mechanism of public schools in DC.
  • Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (DC GEAR UP) has enabled thousands of at-risk, middle school and high school students to receive the support they need to prepare for the academic challenges of college.

Select the link below to view the report: