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:
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:
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:
The following charter schools had over 75% proficiency in math:
And here are the charter schools with over 75% proficiency in reading:
Four charter schools opened in September, 2012: Creative Minds PCS,DC Scholars PCS, BASIS 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.