Lesson 2 Summary

Key Points:

  • DoDEA schools are overseen by headquarters in Arlington, Virginia, and serve eligible students through two school systems that are operated overseas and in the U.S., respectively.
  • DoDEA schools are not required to follow the rules and regulations of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) because they do not receive funding from the U.S. Department of Education.
  • To enroll in a DoDEA school, the enrolling sponsor must be on extended active duty or a full-time Federal citizen employee; the sponsor must be residing on the installation; and the student must be the sponsor’s dependent.
  • DoDEA offers specialized programs in overseas locations for preschool-age children with disabilities or who are deemed “at risk.”
  • DoDEA has developed rigorous and demanding curriculum standards in all core subjects that align with national standards and are based on current research and best practices.
  • DoDEA assesses students using the TerraNova, a standardized norm-referenced test, and the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) exam, a test that is administered in every state.
  • DoDEA schools report data annually and conduct internal monitoring of educational programs and use a web-based reporting system that is similar to those required by ESEA called School Report Cards (SRCs).
  • DoDEA students must earn 26 credits or eight semesters of coursework and maintain a minimum 2.0 grade point average in order to earn a high school diploma.
  • DoDEA offers specialized programs to provide DoDEA school students with remedial options, flexibility, and challenging curriculum, including a Summer School Program, DoDEA Virtual High School, and an Advanced Placement (AP) Program.
  • DoDEA Virtual School is a fully accredited Virtual High School that addresses the educational needs of military-dependent students in transition.

Looking Forward: Next, learn about the role and responsibilities of the School Liaison within DoDEA.