DC Charter High Schools Graduated 76.7% of the 2012 Senior Class

Thursday, November 8, 2012
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Washington, D.C. —The 2012 four-year graduation rate for DC public charter high school students is 76.7% which far exceeds the state’s target of 63%, as committed to in its federally approved Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) Flexibility Waiver. The District’s ultimate goal is to have 85% of students graduating by 2017. 
“Many of our charter high schools have much to be proud of, and we congratulate those with strong graduation rates,” said Brian W. Jones, PCSB Board Chair. “Among the noteworthy results this year -- more than half of the 888 students who graduated from public charter schools in four years reside in Wards 7 and 8 -- in neighborhoods with some of the highest rates of poverty in the city,” Jones said. 
PCSB Executive Director Scott Pearson noted that the overall charter school graduation rate was down from last year’s rate of 79.8%. “The documentation procedures in the collection of graduates and dropouts were more stringent this year compared to last,” Pearson said. “While we welcome the increased rigor, we also recognize that it had some effect on school graduation percentages.” 
Pearson also said that many charter students who did not graduate with their class after four years are still working towards their diplomas. “We are working with the State Superintendent to calculate and release five-year graduation rates. It is important to recognize students who persist in their goal of earning a diploma, even if it takes more than four years,” he said.
Graduating Charter Students by Ward

**To protect student privacy, only scores for Wards with more than 25 potential graduates are reported.

Public charter schools had the highest graduation rates among all DC public schools that do not require entrance exams, including Washington Latin PCS with 93.2%, Friendship PCS – Collegiate Academy with 90.7%, SEED PCS of Washington, DC with 87.3%, and Washington Math Science and Technology PCS with 87.1%.
2012 Charter School Graduation Rates
*The Performance Management Framework (PMF) ranking for high schools is based on student growth and proficiency levels on state tests, high school graduation rates, college acceptance rates, school attendance rates, reenrollment rates, SAT scores, and other measures. 
For more information see www.dcpcsb.org The Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) calculated graduation rates for the 2011-2012 school year using the Adjusted Cohort Graduation Rate (ACGR) – the method now required for all states by the U.S. Department of Education. The Adjusted Cohort is the total number of students who entered 9th grade in 2008-2009 school year minus students who transferred out plus those who transferred in. The ACGR is calculated by dividing the number of students who obtained high school diplomas in 2011-2012 school year by the Adjusted Cohort. 
About 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 on 102 campuses serving 35,019 students living in every ward of the city. Learn more at www.dcpcsb.org. 
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