quality

Testimony of Shana Bartley, OSSE Performance Oversight Hearing, FY 2016-2017

Testimony of Shana Bartley, Acting Executive Director DC Action for Children Agency Performance Oversight Hearing Fiscal Year 2016-2017 Office of the State Superintendent of Education Before the Committee on Education Council of the District of Columbia February 14, 2017 Good morning, Councilmember Grosso and members of the Committee on Education. Thank you for the opportunity to address the Council as...

How rigid is the IMPACT bell curve?

On Friday, DCPS announced performance ratings for employees under the IMPACT evaluation system, now two years old. Most of the headlines have surrounded the firings of 413 employees (288 for poor performance), but little has been said about the distribution of those scores. We compared the ratings distribution of this year to last year, noticing something very interesting. No, look...

What does quality Pre-K look like?

A late announcement: Tomorrow, Thursday, Sept. 9, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Fight For Children and the AppleTree Institute for Education innovation are offering a free session to demonstrate a new observational tool for preschool and Pre-K called Quality Indicators. The tool was developed with support from the DC Partnership for Early Literacy. Early childhood providers are invited to...

Quality child care out of reach for too many in D.C.

This weekend I had a wonderful opportunity to meet with WAMU reporter Jessica Gould to discuss the high costs of child care in D.C, which according to a recent report are nearly twice the cost of annual tuition at a four-year college. The short piece, which aired on today's "Morning Edition," doesn’t cover our entire hour-long conversation, but does emphasize...

D.C.'s AppleTree Institute wins federal i3 grant

O ne of our goals with "Little Citizens, Big Issues" is to showcase diverse voices and viewpoints from the community on issues affecting young children in the District. This post is by Jack McCarthy, managing director of AppleTree Institute for Education Innovation . News from the US Department of Education's Investing in Innovation, or "i3" competition, leaked out on inadvertently...