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DCPS has announced that as of July 15th, 2011 the Office of Family and Community Engagement (OFCE) will begin to refocus its work, hoping to strengthen their relationships and connections with families and community partners.

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The results of IMPACT, DCPS’s teacher evaluation system, were shared with DCPS employees today.  Teachers receive one of four ratings—Highly Effective, Effective, Minimally Effective or Ineffective based on observations and student performance scores. For teachers receiving the highest rating, “Highly Effective,” there is a bonus incentive of $20,000.


The DC- Comprehensive Assessment System (DC-CAS) is the District’s standardized academic test, administered to all public and public charter school students in grades three through eight and in 10th grade. The test measures student proficiency in the areas of math and reading.


Are you interested in learnign more about education policy? The Department of Education is providing a great and free way to learn more.

Summer Seminars at Six: An Introduction to Education Policy


Independent think-tank, Education Sector, releases a report analyzing IMPACT

The sometimes controversial teacher evaluation system employed by DCPS, IMPACT, receives a thorough investigation by experts.

This 16 page report was written by Susan Headden of Eudaction Sector, who says, "IMPACT may be an imperfect measuring tool, but, as many experts see it, it may be the best one out there right now."

From Education Sector's website:


Original article here: http://wapo.st/ingpcA

A new schools chief needs a D.C. Council push
By RICHARD WHITMIRE, Published: June 24

These days, D.C. Council members may be feeling pretty defensive about tricked-out SUVs and allegations of bribery and campaign shenanigans. But when it comes to D.C. schools, they believe they are on a roll.


Join community activist Soo Hong at the U Street Busboys and Poets as she discusses and signs her new book, A Cord of Three Strands: A New Approach to Parent Engagement in Schools. The ethnographic study explores the Logan Square Neighborhood Association, a grassroots organization in Chicago that advocates parent engagement in low-income areas. There will also be a screening of the short film Parent Power.


The DC Public Charter School Board will be meeting tonight, starting at 6:00pm. The meeting will take place at 3333 Fourteenth Street, NW in the second floor conference room. The meeting is open to the public, come let your voice be heard– DC School Reform Now will be in attendance. Visit the DC Public Charter School Board website at http://www.dcpubliccharter.com/.

Tonight's meeting agenda is as follows:


Last Tuesday, the DC City Council unanimously confimed Kaya Henderson’s appointment to be Chancellor of DC Public Schools. Since last fall, Chancellor Henderson has been serving as Interim Chancellor after the departure of Michelle Rhee.


DC School Reform Now is proud to announce that Lacey Pittman will join our team as the Director of Communications, effective June 15th, 2011.

Lacey will be in charge of developing and executing the communications strategy for DCSRN. She will work with the Executive Director to develop marketing, communications and media outreach plans that reflect the impact DCSRN seeks to have in the District of Columbia. She will also manage the website, social media tools and all internal and external communications.            

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