Charter Board Releases 2012 Performance Management Framework (PMF) Results and New Parent Guide

Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Contact: Audrey Williams, 301-351-6259 cell; 202-328-2748 office 
Washington, D.C. — The DC Public Charter School Board (PCSB), along with Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D) and his education team, released the 2012 results of the Performance Management Framework (PMF), the PCSB’s annual tool for assessing and monitoring charter school performance. PCSB also released a first-ever Parent Guide to the PMF, an at-a-glance guide to charter school quality that will be available at libraries, recreation centers and other locations throughout the city. 
At a Wednesday press conference at Center City PCS – Brightwood, PCSB announced that a total of 64 charter school campuses received Tier rankings based on their school performance in the 2011-12 school year: 
  • 20 charter schools are ranked as Tier 1, meaning they meet standards of high performance; 
  • 35 schools are ranked as Tier 2, meaning that they fall short of high performance but meet minimum overall performance; 
  • 9 schools are ranked as Tier 3, meaning that they show inadequate performance. 
The PMF is a composite score of between 0 and 100%. A school’s 2012 score is based on numerous factors, including student progress as measured by the average growth in state test scores (DC CAS) of individual students from one year to the next, the percentage of students who scored proficient or advanced on the DC CAS, school attendance rates, and school re-enrollment rates. For high school, the score also includes a school’s graduation rate, college acceptance rate, SAT/ACT scores, and other measures. Schools with a PMF score of 65% and above are rated Tier 1, schools in the middle (35%-64.9%) are rated Tier 2 and those with a score of below 35% are rated Tier 3. More information on the PMF may be found at 
Overall, the number of schools rated Tier 1 decreased by two from the 2011 results but PCSB saw encouraging improvement in many individual schools. For example, the high school at SEED Public Charter School of Washington, D.C. in Ward 7, moved up from Tier 2 to Tier 1 this year with a score of 66.7%. Septima Clark PCS, an all-boys school in Ward 8 rated Tier 3 last year, moved to Tier 2 this year with a score of 37.1%, up by nearly 16 points. And Center City PCS – Brightwood in Ward 4, rated Tier 2 school last year with a 45.2% score, moved into Tier 1 this year with a 67.8% score, an increase of more than 22 points. 
PCSB Executive Director Scott Pearson noted that many schools improved their performance as PCSB raised the floors – or the lowest attainable result a school must achieve to begin earning PMF points on a measure. “We are raising our standards and our charter schools are exceeding expectations,” Pearson said. 
Other PMF results of note: 
  • DC Prep PCS – Edgewood Middle in Ward 5 had the highest elementary and middle school math performance. 
  • KIPP DC – College Preparatory PCS, a Ward 8 high school, had the highest percentage of students score advanced in 10th grade math on the DC CAS. 
  • Thurgood Marshall Academy PCS, a Ward 8 high school, had the highest student growth in academic performance in math and reading, and scored the highest out of any charter high school for Advanced Placement classes and International Baccalaureate programs, SAT results, and 10th grade reading and math proficiency. · Washington Latin PCS, a Ward 4 middle and high school, had one of the highest attendance and re-enrollment rates. · Two Rivers PCS, a Ward 6 elementary and middle school, had the highest percentage of students who scored proficient and advanced in reading on the DC CAS. 
  • Washington Mathematics Science & Technology PCS, a Ward 5 high school, had the highest growth in individual student 10th grade math performance on the DC CAS. 
This is the second year that PCSB has used the PMF to measure charter school performance. According to PCSB policy, schools are candidates for charter revocation if they remain in Tier 3 for three out of five years (consecutive or non-consecutive). In addition, Tier 3 schools that have a score of less than 20% or, if they drop by five points are immediate candidates for charter revocation. 
“The Board is firmly committed to holding charters accountable for performance. To aid us in that commitment, PCSB has established a transparent set of metrics and a clear path to closure for persistently poor performers,” said PCSB Board Chair Brian W. Jones. “Closure can result from either poor academic performance or financial mismanagement. Closure for a poor PMF score, however, is not automatic; we want to give fair warning to families and schools about their school’s performance to minimize the disruption closures can cause. The PMF is an important tool to enable that.” 
PCSB also announced a new tool for parents to aid them in their search for quality public charter schools. PCSB has produced the first-ever 2012 Parent Guide to Public Charter School Performance, a 20-page booklet with PMF information at a glance that parents can carry with them to charter school open houses, in meetings with teachers and in other ways as they take part in their child’s education. PCSB is partnering with DC government and community organizations such as the DC Public Library, DC School Reform Now and to distribute the parent guide. Members of the public can download the guide here, order a paper copy at this link or by calling PCSB at 202-328-2660. The parent guide will also be available at the 4th annual Charter School Expo, which is open to the public and will be held on January 5, 2013 at the Washington Convention Center. 
Below are the 2012 PMF results by Tier. For more information, visit 
(For schools that serve several grade levels, the scores in the school listings only reflect results from the
corresponding grade levels – either elementary/middle or high school.) 
Schools with the highest median growth percentile (MGP) are schools that are doing the most with their students to improve individual performance from one year to the next. Below are schools with the highest median growth percentile results: 
High re-enrollment rates often indicate high levels of parent and student satisfaction with the school. Below are charter schools with the highest re-enrollment rates: 
A key component of the PMF is high school graduation rate; the four charter schools with the highest graduation rates are:
In addition, 38 charter school campuses did not receive a tier ranking but are measured using PCSB Board-approved and publicly available Accountability Plans or untiered school performance reports. These campuses either serve students in early-childhood programs to 3rd grade; have adult education, special education or alternative education programs; or the 2011-12 school year was their first year of operation. 
About the PCSB: The DC Public Charter School Board (PCSB) is setting a national model for creating quality public school options through its rigorous review of new charter applications and effective oversight of charter school performance that is leading the transformation of public education in Washington, DC. PCSB currently oversees 57 public charter schools 102 campuses serving 35,019 students living in every ward of the city. Learn more at 
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