The State Superintendent of Education shall develop policies or directives setting forth objective and verifiable standards for the approval, renewal, and revocation of approval by the OSSE of teacher preparation and practicing teacher programs in the District of Columbia that qualify candidates to earn a Regular Teaching Credential.
In doing so, the District of Columbia joined 42 other states in formally signing on to the state-led initiative, which was coordinated by the National Governor’s Association (NGA) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO).
First introduced in 2009, IMPACT (DC Public Schools only) is designed to help staff become more effective by: Clarifying Expectations – IMPACT outlines clear performance expectations that are tailored to staff members’ specific job responsibilities. Providing Feedback and Support – Quality feedback is a key element to the improvement process, which is why IMPACT provides staff members with multiple opportunities to engage in conversations with their managers about strengths and areas for growth. IMPACT also provides data that helps instructional coaches, mentors, and other support personnel be more effective in their work. Retaining Great People – Having highly effective staff members in our schools helps everyone improve.
Teaching licenses/credentials issued by OSSE authorize the holder to serve in an instructional, school leadership or support personnel capacity in a District of Columbia public, private or public charter school. (Note: Public charter and private school teachers and administrators are not mandated by DC law to hold a state license; however, local education agencies (LEAs) may opt to require state licensure for employment).