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The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine
Board on Testing and Assessment
Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education

A Plan for Evaluating the District of Columbia's Public Schools:
From Impressions to Evidence







Press Release


Powerpoint presentation from the public briefing




 In 2007 the District of Columbia made a bold change to its public education system. The Public Education Reform Amendment Act (PERAA) shifted control of the city’s schools from an elected board to the mayor, created a new state department of education, established the new position of chancellor, and changed other management structures and strategies.


Evaluating the schools’ progress and obtaining clear and credible information about the effects of these reforms are critical to the improvements the law intended, and PERAA mandated an independent, comprehensive 5-year evaluation. The city council asked the National Research Council to develop a plan for that evaluation. The committee on the Independent Evaluation of DC Public Schools issued its report, A Plan for Evaluating the District of Columbia’s Public Schools, in 2011.


The report outlined the structure for an ongoing program of independent and objective evaluation, and recommended that the city establish a research consortium to carry it out. Since 2011, the NRC has worked with the Graduate School of Education and Human Development at George Washington University (GWU) and a group of local experts in research and evaluation to establish the DC Education Consortium on Research and Evaluation (DC-EdCORE). The new consortium will work closely with the NRC's new panel, the Committee for the Five Year (2009-2013) Summative Evaluation of the District of Columbia Public Schools to carry out a two-year program of data analysis that will provide valuable information to the city about the progress of key efforts begun under PERAA.





























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