Office of the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) Hosanna Jones recently extended congratulations to Chancellor Kaya Henderson and District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) for receiving a 2012 Teacher Inventive Fund Grant Award from the U.S. Department of Education.
In a statement issued Sept. 28, Jones said:
"Quality education begins in our classrooms and with the highly effective teachers that lead them, and DCPS' selection as a Teacher Incentive Fund Grant Awardee is a testament to DCPS Teacher's success in providing District children access to a world-class public education.
"In a time where closing student achievement gaps is more important than ever, rewarding teacher excellence is an important step forward in teacher instructional assessment and demonstrates DCPS' commitment to standards for teaching and learning; all of which place District students and schools in the best possible position to succeed.
"As state education agency for the District of Columbia, the Office of the State Superintendent of Education looks forward to the continued success of DCPS and all of our local education agency partners as we collectively strive to reach 75 percent proficiency and graduation rates by 2017 and advance student achievement statewide."
Jones also thanked Henderson for "providing a national platform to showcase what works for teacher evaluation and serving as a beacon for District of Columbia schools, students, teachers and the public education community."