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Eagle Academy Public Charter School, in Ward 8, posted record gains in math and reading proficiency on the 2013 DC CAS. In math, students scored 68.8 percent proficiency and improved literacy scores to 52.7 percent.
How did they do it?
Eagle’s third grade students took the test for the first time last year. When school officials saw the students’ 2012 scores were way below state average, they took action.
Joe Smith, CFO/COO at Eagle Academy PCS, told ABC/WJLA-7 TV how they developed a “very intentional program” to make sure their students’ test results increased. It included:
- Looking for patterns and trends. School officials found they did not have a system for students to receive academic feedback and teachers to access individual student performance results.
- More technology. School officials wanted all students and teachers would have iPads, SmartBoards (interactive whiteboards) and recording devices.
- Improved instruction. Eagle Academy PCS contracted six instructional coaches to develop every teacher in the area in need of the most instructional improvement.
- Using the numbers. Teachers carefully studied student results, seeing where their academic gaps, and tailored their lessons.
- Engaging parents and Ward 8 community. Eagle faculty and staff built visited families in their homes.
Congratulations to Eagle Academy PCS!
Update: On July 29, the Board approved Eagle Academy's charter be continued based on the school's overall academic, compliance, and fiscal performance.