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Charter School Board Announces List of High Performing Charter Schools; Report cards show schools’ annual performance

Release Date: Tuesday, December 06, 2011
Contact: Audrey Williams   301-351-6259 (cell) 202-328-2748

awilliams@dcpubliccharter.com

Washington, D.C. —The DC Public Charter School Board (PCSB) today announced the results of the Performance Management Framework (PMF), the PCSB’s evaluation tool for assessing and monitoring charter school performance.  At a briefing at Achievement Prep Academy – one of the city’s high performing charter schools -- the PCSB announced the names of 22 high performing charter school campuses across the city.   Schools are rated in three tiers with Tier 1 schools meeting standards of high performance; Tier 2 schools falling short of high performance standards but meeting minimum overall performance; and Tier 3 schools falling short of high performance standards, and showing inadequate performance. Tier 3 schools that fall below 20% of possible PMF points may be candidates for revocation. The PCSB will make school closure decisions between December and February 2012 and schools may be closed by the end of the school year.

 

Tier 1 (65–100%)

Grade Levels

Overall Percentage

Ward

Elementary/Middle Schools



 

Achievement Preparatory Academy PCS

4–8

81.5%

8

Capital City PCS Lower School

PK–8

73.1%

1

Capital City PCS Upper School

6–12

75.2%

1

Center City PCS Trinidad Campus

PK–8

69.0%

5

Center City Petworth Campus

PK–8

70.0%

4

Cesar Chavez PCS – Chavez Prep

6–9

73.6%

1

Community Academy – Butler Bilingual Campus

PS–5

76.2%

1

D.C. Preparatory PCS – Edgewood Middle

4–8

92.3%

5

E.L. Haynes PCS

PS–8

78.9%

1

Elsie Whitlow Stokes Community Freedom PCS

PS–6

67.2%

5

Howard University Middle School PCS

6–8

71.0%

1

KIPP DC: AIM Academy PCS

5–8

85.2%

8

KIPP DC: KEY Academy PCS

4–8

86.4%

7

KIPP DC: WILL Academy PCS

5–8

85.5%

2

Latin American Montessori Bilingual PCS (LAMB)

PS–5

84.4%

4

Paul Junior High PCS

6–9

70.9%

4

School for Educational Evolution and Development (SEED)

6–12

73.1%

7

Two Rivers PCS

PS–8

75.0%

6

Washington Latin PCS – Upshur

5–8

79.3%

4

 

High Schools



 

KIPP DC: College Preparatory PCS

9–11

81.2%

8

Thurgood Marshall Academy PCS

9–12

80.2%

8

Washington Latin PCS – High School

9–11

76.1%

4

(For schools that serve several grade levels, the scores in the school listings only reflect results from the corresponding grade levels – either elem./middle or high school.)

[link to list of Tier 1, 2 &3 schools]

 

“The results of the PMF show that there are high performing charter schools all across the city in every Ward where there are charter schools,” said PCSB Board Chair Brian Jones.   “Parents and stakeholders now have this great tool to help evaluate the city’s charter schools. The Board took its time to make sure we got it right.   We spent the past seven months talking to stakeholders, national experts, and especially schools who played a huge part in the development and validation of the PMF.”

The PMF will aid parents in evaluating schools’ performance on student proficiency and growth; and also help them identify potential new schools for their children.   It will assist the Board in identifying high performing schools, help mediocre schools get better and close low performing schools.   With the PMF, schools know exactly how they are being held accountable.

A detailed school report card has been produced for each school and shows the school’s annual performance on the PMF for standard schools (those that administered the DC CAS) and an evaluation of the school’s accountability plan for non-standard schools (including early childhood, adult education, GED, and the one serving 100 percent special needs students).   Each report card provides a school profile, student demographics and for standard schools, the school’s rating in the three performance tiers.   The report also shows how students are progressing over time; how they are achieving in reading and mathematics; how prepared students are for future success; and attendance and re-enrollment rates in the school. [link to school report cards]

The PCSB will host four community meetings in December around the city to explain to parents and community members the results of the PMF and how to understand and interpret the school report cards.

 

Date

Community Meeting Location

Dec. 8, 2011     

E.W. Stokes Public Charter School (Ward 5 & 6), 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
3700 Oakview Terrace, NE, Washington, DC 20017

 

Dec. 12, 2011   

Center City, Shaw Campus PCS (Ward 2 & 3), 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
711 N Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001

Dec. 13, 2011   

Thurgood Marshall Academy PCS (Ward 7 & 8), 6:00 - 7:00 p.m

2427 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue, SE, Washington, DC 20020

Dec. 14, 2011   

Capital City PCS -  Lower Campus (Ward 1 & 4), 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
3047 15th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20009

 

 

The PCSB started developing the PMF in 2008 and with the help of the Gates, Dell and Walton foundations, have worked with the Boston Consulting Group, Center for Research on Education Outcomes (CREDO), the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE), the American Institutes for Research (AIR) and charter school leaders.   PCSB Board members have participated in the development of the PMF every step of the way to make sure this is the best way to evaluate schools.   “The Board felt strongly that we should measure student proficiency as well as growth and we chose the median growth percentile (MGP) model which allows us to measure student growth over time,” said Darren Woodruff, PCSB Board member and chair of the schools committee. “This model is also being used by DCPS and OSSE so we can compare charter school students to their peers in DCPS. We believe this is a cutting edge model that will set the standard for other charter authorizers.   The MGP model is also being used by 14 other states,” Woodruff said.

 

For more on the PMF including the school reports cards, the user guide and Q&A’s visit the Board’s website www.dcpublicchater.com

 

The D.C. Public Charter School Board oversees 53 public charter schools on 98 campuses, serving more than 32,000 students living in every ward of the city.   Public charter schools now serve approximately 40% of all public school students in Washington, D.C.   Learn more about the PCSB at www.dcpubliccharter.com

 

 

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