—DC public charter school students attending both new
and established charter schools performed well above the state average in math and
reading on the District of Columbia Comprehensive Assessment System (DC CAS)
tests, according to state-level results released Tuesday.
Overall, charter school
proficiency rates were the highest since the administration of the DC CAS seven
years ago, with students posting 58.6% in math and 53.0% in reading, up by 3.9
percentage points in both subjects. Charter school proficiency rates have
climbed every year of the DC CAS. Charter
school 2013 DC CAS results were above the state proficiency averages of 53.0% in
math and 49.5% in reading.
Other performance highlights in the charter sector:
English language learners had nearly a 14-percentage
point jump in reading, improving from 30.9% proficiency to 44.7%, which was 5.0
percentage points above the state average of 39.7%.
Economically disadvantaged students improved by more
than 3 percentage points to 48.4% in reading, 6.4 percentage points above the
state average of 42.0%.
Special education students saw gains of nearly 3
percentage points to 21.4% in reading, 2.1 percentage points above the state
average of 19.3%. In math these students went up by 5.0 percentage points to 29.7%,
which is 5.6 percentage points above the state average of 24.1.
Racial and ethnic subgroups saw increases and are now
above 50% proficiency in reading and math for the first time:
students (50.5% reading) climbed by 3.0 percentage points and are 6.8
percentage points higher than the state average of 43.7%.
(54.6% reading) climbed by 6.6 percentage points and are 2.3 percentage points higher
than the state average of 52.3%.
Student growth and proficiency on DC CAS
are important inputs to the Performance Management Framework (PMF), which PCSB
uses to evaluate charter school performance. PCSB will release each charter
school’s 2013 PMF ranking in late October.
“What we see in these results is charter schools helping to close the
achievement gap in DC,” said John H. “Skip” McKoy, Board Chair. “The steady
gains charter schools have achieved year after year, even as they serve a
higher percentage of district students, are beginning to add up. We are thrilled that the gains in charters,
combined with the impressive gains at DCPS, have pushed the statewide
proficiency rate over 50% for the first time.”
Scott Pearson, PCSB Executive
Director, praised the hard work of charter leaders across the District. He noted that the results reinforce the
results in a recently released CREDO update on charter school outcomes that
found that on average, a student at a DC charter gets the equivalent
educational benefit each year of 99 extra days of school.
“Among the many charter
schools with impressive gains Inspired Teaching PCS had the highest growth of
any public school in the city, improving by 26.2 percentage points,” Pearson
said. “I’m particularly proud of
Inspired Teaching because it’s the demonstration school of a program that has
for years worked with traditional school districts in DC and Baltimore. It’s an example of charter schools helping to
improve all schools.”
*These schools do not have a PMF Tier either because they were not
open in 2012-13, they did not have students in the tested grades (3 -8 and 10),
or they were determined to be eligible for alternative accountability standards
for the 2012-13 PMF.