The DC State Board of Education has limited but very important authority. It was created by the same law that established mayoral control of DC’s schools. It has many, though not all, of the powers that most state boards of education have.
Most importantly for most DC residents, the SBOE approves:
- the academic standards that establish what students should learn each year
- the indicators that will be used to hold the city’s schools (charter and DCPS) accountable (for example, test scores, test score growth, attendance, etc.) and will be included on the Report Card the city issues each year for each school
- the requirements for high school graduation
- rules for residency verification
for a complete list of SBOE responsibilities, click here. sboe.dc.gov/page/roles.