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Monday, August 12, 2013

On DC CAS, Students with Disabilities Outperform Their Non-Disabled Peers at Washington Yu Ying PCS



The 2013 DC CAS scores for students with disabilities demonstrate an increase in reading and math proficiency.  However, there still remains a significant gap in performance between students with disabilities and their non-disabled peers. The increase in DC CAS scores for all students, as well as for students with disabilities, shows promise for narrowing the gap.

In a few unprecedented cases this year, students with disabilities outperformed their non-disabled peers in reading, math, or both.  For example, students with disabilities at Washington Yu Ying PCS outperformed their non-disabled peers by 1.4 percentage points in math (82.4% proficient for SPED versus 81% proficient for non-SPED).  Not only are the math proficiency scores high for all students at Washington Yu Ying PCS, but math proficiency scores for students with disabilities is higher than the average for all test-takers in DC this year, alone.

This is truly noteworthy!     

While there remains a lot more work to be done, especially in increasing reading proficiency performance, these results are encouraging and demonstrate that there is every possibility in eliminating the achievement disparity given high expectations and appropriate supports for our students with disabilities.  


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Sunday, August 11, 2013

The District's Charter Schools Shine With Historically Disadvantaged Populations


We’ve been blogging for the past couple of weeks about the strong performance of charter schools on the recently-released DC CAS results for 2012-13.

I continually emphasize two points: charters outperform the state, and charter performance overall has improved every year since the DC CAS was introduced seven years ago.

But one of the most noteworthy things about charter schools has been their strong performance with groups of students considered to be “educationally disadvantaged.”  This includes African Americans, Latinos, English Language Learners, and students with disabilities.

This blog focuses on charter school performance with African Americans.   

While charter schools overall outperform the state by about four percentage points, they outperform with African Americans by 7 to 9 points.

   African American DC CAS Proficiency 2013

 

State

Charter

Difference

Reading

43.7%

50.5%

6.8%

Math

47.1%

56.2%

9.1%

Charter schools also serve a higher population of African American students than the state as a whole: in tested grades, 83.5% of charter school students are African American, compared to 75.5% statewide. And proficiency rates have climbed substantially since the first DC CAS was administered in 2006.

  African American Charter School DC CAS Proficiency 2006-2013

 

Charter 2006

Charter 2013

Difference

Reading

39%

50.5%

11.5%

Math

31%

56.2%

15.2%

Some of our schools have African-American proficiency rates that are at levels that have effectively closed the achievement gap between white and black children in our city.

African-American Reading Proficiency

School

Ward

2013 DC CAS

Latin American Montessori Bilingual PCS

Ward 4

92.3%

St. Coletta Special Education PCS[1]

Ward 7

89.4%

DC Prep PCS – Edgewood Middle

Ward 5

79.2%

Capital City PCS –High School

Ward 4

79.2%

Community Academy PCS – Butler Global

Ward 5

78.8%

KIPP DC – Key Academy PCS

Ward 7

76.3% 

African-American Math Proficiency

School

Ward

2013 DC CAS

DC Prep PCS – Edgewood Middle PCS

Ward 5

90.8%

Thurgood Marshall Academy PCS

Ward 8

87.3%

KIPP DC – College Preparatory PCS

Ward 8

86.9%

KIPP DC – Key Academy PCS

Ward 7

86.3%

Achievement Preparatory Academy PCS

Ward 8

85.1%

And finally, we want to highlight those schools that showed tremendous growth in proficiency rates for African-American students between 2012 and 2013:

African-American Reading Proficiency Rate Growth from 2012 to 2013

School

Ward

AA Growth in Percentage Points

AA Proficiency

Capital City PCS – High School

Ward 4

36.3%

79.2%

IDEA PCS

Ward 7

25.8%

60.9%

Richard Wright PCS

Ward 6

24.0%

44.6%

Early Childhood Academy PCS

Ward 8

23.0%

55.3%

Community Academy PCS – Butler Global

Ward 5

21.0%

78.8%

African-American Math Proficiency Rate Growth from 2012 to 2013

School

Ward

AA Growth in Percentage Points

AA Proficiency

Eagle Academy PCS – Eagle Center

Ward 8

42.4%

67.4%

KIPP DC – Promise Academy PCS

Ward 7

34.8%

63.3%

Capital City PCS – High School

Ward 4

34.5%

66.7%

Washington Yu Ying PCS

Ward 5

23.1%

71.7%

Community Academy PCS – Butler Global

Ward 5

19.6%

81.8%



[1] Due to their population, 100% of students at St. Coletta Special Education PCS take the alternative assessment (“DC CAS-ALT”). 



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Thursday, August 08, 2013

DC Prep is the District’s Highest-Performing Network of PCS on the DC CAS

DC Prep’s Edgewood Middle Campus, located in Ward 5, continues to celebrate its longstanding track record as one of the top performing public charter schools in the District. This year, DC Prep became the only charter school with over 90% proficiency in math after increasing 2.8% percentage points to 91.6%.

According to Rick Cruz, CEO of DC Prep, “These results are a direct result of the tireless work and effort of each campus-based team across DC Prep.” 


DC Prep Board Member and parent Bobby Baldwin and son

"As the proud parent of an 8th grade DC Preppie, I am thrilled with the recently-published DC CAS results,” said Bobby Baldwin, DC Prep parent and DC Prep Board of Directors member. “Once again, DC Prep has proven that when parents, teachers, and administrators work together, great things can happen for students. I feel a lot more secure knowing that my son will be prepared for whatever comes his way in high school and college, because DC Prep is doing such a great job educating DC youth!"

Congratulations!  


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Tuesday, August 06, 2013

Inspired Teaching Demonstration PCS, DC CAS Success



Inspired Teaching Demonstration PCS showed the most growth of any public school in the District on the DC CAS this year.  Headed into its third year of operation, Inspired Teaching will serve preschool through fifth graders in SY 2013-14.  When asked how they did it, Principal Zoe Duskin said:      

“We see growth in our test scores as a welcome affirmation that we are heading in the right direction as we build a program focused on developing students’ intellect, skills of inquiry, imagination and integrity.  We fully support using student assessment data to inform instruction, but we define data broadly at the school, and use multiple measures to assess learning.  We track students’ growth through teacher observations, Developmental Reading Assessments, quarterly writing assessments, family feedback gathered in conferences, surveys, and Learning Showcases where families join the school faculty to review student work at every grade level.  We also value students’ development of social skills such as empathy and risk taking, and consider observations of these skills to be important data.  We work with community partners so that students have access to great arts education and physical education, and we conduct family education events to share our approach. Above all, we focus on the quality of our teaching to make sure that every child has a joyfully challenging experience in school. 

I think what I’m most proud of is the fact that this is a shared achievement for our faculty and staff.  The credit lies not only with our 3rd and 4th grade teachers, but also with our Learning Support Team, our art teacher, and our early childhood teachers who work with the elementary students for service learning projects and Intersessions.  Our staff works as a team, and our students know that they are a part of a community that expects them to share their best selves each day.”

Inspired Teaching isn’t satisfied yet. 

Duskin adds, “We look forward to continued progress, but also assume that we’ll have some bumps in the road along the way.  Our school is a community of educators and families who share a belief that children have a right to love school, and we all work toward a common vision of a school that nurtures the whole child.”

Congratulations!  



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Monday, August 05, 2013

Thousands More Charter Students Testing Proficient and Advanced


Most of the discussion about the 2013 DC CAS results has been about percentages.   We’ve all heard that the percentage of charter school students scoring proficient or above jumped 3.9 percentage points in both reading and math.  58.6% of charter school students taking the DC CAS* now score proficient in math, and 53.0% in reading.


But another way to look at the results is by sheer numbers.  Looked at that way, the impressive results from 2013 are even more so.

Consider the following:

In 2012, 6,308 DC charter students scored proficient or advanced in math.  In 2013 7,998 did, for an increase of 1,690 students, or 27%  (charter enrollment grew by 8%).

It’s even more impressive in reading. 

In 2012, 5,610 charter school students scored proficient or advanced in reading.  In 2013, 8,312 did.  That’s an increase of 2,522 students – or 45% growth in the number of students!

Most encouraging of all is the growth in students testing at the “advanced” level.  The total number of advanced students grew from 1380 to 2104 in math and from 837 to 1512 in reading.   That’s almost a doubling in the number of charter students reading at an advanced level.

Many charter schools contributed to these impressive results.

Here’s the schools with the greatest numerical growth in the number of proficient and advanced students.

Growth in the number of proficient and advanced students in math

School Name

Change in Number of Students Testing Proficient 2012-2013

Change in Number of Students Testing Advanced 2012-2013

BASIS DC PCS

+305 (new school)

+171 (new school)

KIPP DC PCS

+ 201 (2012: 886)

+154 (2012: 277)

DC Prep PCS

+131 (2012: 277)

+41 (2012: 118)

E.L. Haynes PCS

+121 (2012: 252)

+29 (2012: 71)

Center City PCS

+120 (2012: 368)

+30 (2012: 58)

Growth in number of proficient and advanced students in reading

School Name

Change in Number of Students Testing Proficient 2012-2013

Change in Number of Students Testing Advanced 2012-2013

BASIS DC PCS

+322 (new school)

+104 (new school)

KIPP DC PCS

+258 (2012: 724)

+84 (2012: 118)

DC Prep PCS

+141 (2012: 235)

+35 (2012: 45)

E.L. Haynes PCS

+139 (2012: 226)

+37 (2012: 38)

Center City PCS

+93 (2012: 343)

+17 (2012: 39)

* Because the DC CAS is given only to grades 3-8 and grade 10, just under half of charter school students take the 


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Sunday, August 04, 2013

DC CAS: Much to Celebrate


PSCB attends the Mayor's press conference on the 2013 DC CAS results.

Results on the DC CAS were released Tuesday.  As has been 
reported, there was much to celebrate.   Charter proficiency rates continued their upward march, climbing by nearly 4 percentage points.  Some subgroups, such as English Language Learners, saw double-digit gains.

There are lots of nuggets to glean from the results and we will focus on many of these in blog posts to come.  Here are some of the things we are celebrating at PCSB:

Math Growth

Overall charter growth in math was 3.8% to 58.9 average percent proficient.  The following schools gained more than ten percentage points in math proficiency:



Reading Growth

Overall charter growth in reading was 3.9% to 53.0 average percent proficient.  The following charter schools gained over ten percentage points in reading proficiency:



75% Proficiency

The following charter schools had over 75% proficiency in math:


And here are the charter schools with over 75% proficiency in reading:

New Schools

Four charter schools opened in September, 2012: Creative Minds PCS,DC Scholars PCSBASIS PCS, and LAYC Career Academy PCS.   Two of these schools don’t have DC CAS scores – LAYC is an adult school and Creative Minds only went to second grade this year – testing starts in third grade.

But the other two – BASIS and DC Scholars – came out of the gate with encouraging results.

BASIS is affiliated with an Arizona non-profit that is known for having two of its schools ranked among the top ten high schools in the nation, according to U.S. News.  Their Penn Quarter school, which operated grades 5-8 and is growing a grade each year through high school, had the fourth highest charter school results in the city, with 81% of their students proficient in reading and 77% in math.

DC Scholars is affiliated with a high-performing Philadelphia non-profit.  They also run a turnaround school for DCPS at Stanton.  Their charter school, located on East Capitol Street in Ward 7, currently serves three year olds through third grade.  67% of their third graders were proficient in math, and 53% in reading.  Both math and reading results were in the upper half of charter schools.

Those are just some of the things we are celebrating.  In future blog posts we will look at performance by subgroups. And we will highlight some schools with particularly impressive performance. 


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