DC PARCC Results Released

Thursday, August 17, 2017

 Contact: Tomeika Bowden, tbowden@dcpcsb.org

DC PARCC Results Released

For 10th Year, Public Charter School Students Continue to Show Improvement in Districtwide Assessment

WASHINGTON, DC – Students at DC public charter schools continue to improve on the nationwide Partnership for Assessment of Readiness in College and Careers (PARCC) test. This is the 10th consecutive year public charter school students have shown steady improvement on the statewide assessment, first on the DC-CAS and more recently the PARCC.

According to data released by the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE), 30% of public charter school students achieved 4 or 5 on the English Language Arts (ELA) assessment in grades 3-8 and 22% in high school. On the Math assessment, 28% achieved 4 or 5 in grades 3-8 and 14% in high school.

“This is good news for families in the District of Columbia,” said Scott Pearson, Executive Director of the DC Public Charter School Board (DC PCSB). “While these PARCC results show steady improvement from year to year, we still have more work to do to ensure every student is getting the best education. We will keep improving the educational options available to DC students and their families.”

"For public charter schools, PARCC is only one metric we use to assess the quality of each school. In November we’ll release our School Quality Reports which will include the PARCC results along with other measures we use to assess quality such as individual student progress, re-enrollment and attendance,” said Darren Woodruff, Chair of DC PCSB.

The PARCC results reflect 15,660 public charter school students who took the ELA and Math assessments. Public charter schools educate a student body that is 76% African American and 48% At-Risk, with both populations outperforming the District:

Key Highlights

  • Public charter high schools improved by 3% in Math, with Hispanic students increasing by 6 percentage points.
  • Achievement increased by 3% on ELA for grades 4 and 5, by 2.4% in Math for grade 4, and 3% in Math for grade 5, while eighth graders improved by 2% in Math.
  • Economically disadvantaged students in grades 3-8 improved by 1% on the ELA assessment.
  • Hispanic students in grades 3-8 improved by 1% on ELA and Math.
  • Nearly half of public charter schools are showing improvement. The results show that 45 of the 92 schools are showing improvement in ELA, and 41 of 91 schools are showing improvement in Math.
  • Four public charter high schools and 42 public charter 3-8 schools performed above the District average in either ELA or Math or both.
  • Enrollment for economically disadvantaged, At-Risk, Special Education test-takers continues to rise

Top Performing Public Charter Schools on ELA and Math

The public charter schools, whose students live in every Ward of the city, with the highest scores on ELA (in order of achievement):

  1. BASIS DC PCS (High School) - 71%
  2. Washington Latin PCS - High School - 71%
  3. Washington Latin PCS - Middle School - 65%
  4. Latin American Montessori Bilingual PCS - 58%
  5. Washington Yu Ying PCS - 58%
  6. BASIS DC PCS (Middle School) - 57%
  7. District of Columbia International School - 55%
  8. DC Prep PCS - Edgewood Middle School - 54%

The public charter schools, whose students live in every Ward of the city, with the highest scores on Math (in order of achievement):

  1. BASIS DC PCS (High School) - 75%
  2. KIPP DC - Promise Academy PCS - 74%
  3. KIPP DC - Heights Academy PCS - 65%
  4. KIPP DC Spring Academy PCS - 65%
  5. KIPP DC - Lead Academy PCS - 61%
  6. DC Prep PCS - Edgewood Middle School - 57%
  7. BASIS DC PCS (Middle School) - 57%
  8. Early Childhood Academy PCS - 54%

Most Improved Public Charter Schools

The public charter schools, whose students live in every Ward of the city, with the largest gains on PARCC:

  • Shining Stars Montessori Academy PCS (up 24% in ELA, 14% in Math)
  • Washington Latin PCS - Upper School (up 20% in ELA and Math)
  • E.L. Haynes PCS - High School (up 18% in ELA, 9% in Math)
  • Eagle Academy PCS - Capitol Riverfront (up 10% in ELA, 18% in Math)
  • E.L. Haynes PCS - Elementary (up 9% in ELA, 7% in Math)

 

To view school by school performance, visit our website.

School Highlights

The below Tier 1 schools saw double digit gains in ELA and Math for economically disadvantaged or at-risk students (see our website for a complete list of school by school performance):

Center City PCS’ Brightwood and Shaw schools showed significant gains for At-Risk students in ELA and Math, increasing by 12.7 percentage points on ELA and 10 percentage points on Math at the Brightwood campus and by 9 percentage points in ELA and 11.5 percentage points in Math at the Shaw campus.

At E.L. Haynes PCS - Elementary School, economically disadvantaged students showed substantial growth from last year, increasing by more than 10 percentage points overall on the ELA and Math assessments.

African American students at Friendship PCS - Chamberlain Elementary, made impressive gains in student proficiency increasing by 6.7 percentage points on ELA and 14.4 percentage points on Math, while the At-Risk students improved by 14 percentage points in Math.

Economically disadvantaged students improved by double digits at Eagle Academy PCS - Capitol Riverfront, gaining 10 percentage points on ELA and 18 percentage points on Math.