DC Charter Schools Continue to Outperform State Average

Friday, July 27, 2012

Audrey Williams 301-351-6259 (cell); 202-328-2748 office

Washington, D.C. — Students in DC public charter schools continue to perform above the state average in both reading and mathematics on the District of Columbia Comprehensive Assessment System (DC CAS) tests, according to state-level results released today.

The state average proficiency rate in math is 49.3% and in reading is 45.6%. The DC charter schools average proficiency rate in math is 55% and in reading is 49.4%. These results came despite charter schools serving a higher percentage of low-income students than the District average: 72% of students in DC charters are low-income compared with 61% of students in DCPS.

DC CAS scores are one of the indicators in the DC Public Charter School Board’s (PCSB) Performance Management Framework (PMF), which is used to evaluate school performance. While there were modest DC CAS gains in math among charter schools, reading scores declined slightly. Overall charter school combined math and reading results were up 0.5%, the sixth consecutive year that charter school proficiency rates have climbed. These DC CAS results will be used to calculate charter schools’ 2012 PMF results, which the PCSB will release in October.

“Parents should be encouraged with the promising results of some individual schools who took DC CAS for the first time this year,” said Brian W. Jones, PCSB Board Chair.  “Excel Academy, an all-girls charter school in Ward 8 had 62.8% proficiency in math and 53.5% proficiency in reading.  DC Prep Edgewood Elementary in Ward 5 had 72% proficiency in math and 76% proficiency in reading.  And Washington Yu Ying, a Chinese language immersion school also in Ward 5, had 62.5% proficiency in math and 72.2% proficiency in reading.”

“We congratulate those schools whose scores improved and recognize that those schools whose scores declined must redouble their efforts,” said Scott Pearson, PCSB Executive Director. “But we also know that year to year variations are less important than the long-term trends. The big picture remains the same: our Tier 1 schools performed at very high levels. We need more schools like these. And the performance of most of our Tier 3 schools declined from already very low levels. These schools need to either close or radically transform themselves.”

Proficiency Rates (%) for Tier 1 Public Charter Schools

 

TIER 1 PUBLIC CHARTER SCHOOLS (PCS)

(2010-2011 school year)

MATH 2012

%

Proficient

MATH 2011

READING

2012

% Proficient

READING

2011

Overall Performance

71.9

74

62.2

66

 

 

 

 

 

Achievement Prep

86

87

69.3

60

Capital City – Lower

62.3

70

67.8

70

Capital City – Upper

48.7

57

48.9

57

Center City – Petworth

57.9

42

49.6

52

Center City – Trinidad

41.5

40

40.7

55

Cesar Chavez - Chavez Prep

72.9

78

47.4

51

Community Academy - Butler

63.6

71

58.8

67

D.C. Prep - Edgewood Middle

88.9

92

71.9

74

E.L. Haynes – Upper Elem. & Middle

65.8

77

58.9

63

Elsie Whitlow Stokes Community Freedom

63.1

65

59.8

56

Howard University Math and Science Middle

79

79

73

78

KIPP DC: AIM

85

82

59.3

60

KIPP DC: College Prep (High)

75.8

92

51.6

77

KIPP DC: KEY

78.4

76

66.7

65

KIPP DC: WILL

66.8

72

55

62

Latin American Montessori Bilingual

62.5

57

70

76

Paul

68.1

73

59.9

65

SEED School of Washington

79.3

76

57.6

60

Thurgood Marshall Academy - High

79.1

75

72.5

67

Two Rivers - Elementary

72.6

68

74.1

78

Washington Latin – High

62.7

62

60

71

Washington Latin - Middle

77

77

80.6

84

 

Proficiency Rates (%) for Tier 2 Public Charter Schools

 

TIER 2 PUBLIC CHARTER SCHOOLS (PCS)

(2010-2011 school year)

MATH 2012

% Proficient

MATH 2011

READING 2012

% Proficient

READING 2011

Overall Performance

48.5

45

43

43

 

 

 

 

 

Arts and Technology Academy

30.7

36

39

41

Booker T. Washington

21

18

31.6

46

Center City - Brightwood

51.8

32

45.7

44

Center City - Capitol Hill

48.1

40

49.7

41

Center City - Shaw

41.3

29

36.4

34

Cesar Chavez - Capitol Hill

56

57

40

47

Cesar Chavez - Parkside

55.7

61

42.7

44

Community Academy - Amos I

51.2

57

49.6

50

Community Academy - Online Program

61.3

57

66.1

65

D.C. Bilingual

45.6

47

55

39

Friendship - Blow-Pierce

47.6

43

32.2

37

Friendship - Chamberlain

53.9

42

41.4

38

Friendship - Collegiate Woodson

52.9

51

40.7

41

Friendship - Southeast Academy

48.7

46

31.4

30

Friendship - Tech Prep

50.8

56

34.1

49

Friendship - Woodridge

49.3

50

51.5

49

Hope Community - Lamond

53

28

50

51

Hope Community - Tolson

51.8

47

44.8

47

Hospitality

26.7

51

27.3

51

Howard Road Academy - MLK Middle

52.1

46

39.2

37

Ideal Academy - North Capitol

37.6

44

43.6

36

Imagine Southeast

32.9

33

36.7

29

Mary McLeod Bethune

36.6

31

40.1

40

Meridian

61.8

50

57.5

52

National Collegiate Preparatory

40.3

42

53.2

48

Perry Street Prep

39.9

40

36

44

Potomac Lighthouse

51.4

65

50.5

57

Roots - Kennedy

47.7

39

70.5

58

Two Rivers - Middle

69.2

54

69.2

59

Washington Math, Science & Technology

56.9

59

61

59

William E. Doar, Jr.

35.1

34

50

46

 

Proficiency Rates (%) for Tier 3 Public Charter Schools

 

TIER 3 PUBLIC CHARTER SCHOOLS (PCS)

(2010-2011 school year)

 

MATH 2012

% Proficient

MATH 2011

READING 2012

% Proficient

READING 2011

Overall Performance

26

29

26.7

30

 

 

 

 

 

Center City - Congress Heights

33.6

21

34.6

32

Community Academy - Amos III

25

30

29.9

37

Community Academy - Rand

25.8

30

35.5

32

Howard Road Academy - Main

21.3

26

22.3

28

IDEA

35.2

38

35.2

40

Maya Angelou - Evans

18.6

19

10.1

22

Maya Angelou - Middle

28.1

41

28.8

25

Options

6.7

12

5.2

13

Septima Clark

34.8

15

34.8

20

Tree of Life Community

38.8

41

36.4

42

 

 

Proficiency Rates (%) for Non PMF Tiered Schools that took DC CAS in 2012*

Updated Chart

 

Non PMF Tiered

PUBLIC CHARTER SCHOOLS (PCS)

 

MATH 2012

% Proficient

READING 2012

% Proficient

DC Prep Edgewood Elementary

72%

76%

Eagle Academy

24.3

37.8

Early Childhood Academy

32.3

32.3

Excel Academy

62.8

53.5

KIPP Promise

28.4

52

Richard Wright

33.3

23.3

St Coletta Special Education

91.6

96.4

Washington Yu Ying

62.5

72.2

 

 

*These schools do not have a PMF Tier either because they were not open in 2010-2011,

they did not have students in the tested grades (3 -8 and 10), or their students take a different version of the DC CAS [St. Coletta]. 

 

About the PCSB: The DC Public Charter School Board (PCSB) currently oversees 53 public charter schools on 98 campuses serving nearly 32,000 students living in every ward of the city. Seventy-two percent of the students attending public charter schools qualify for free or reduced price meals. Public charter schools serve 41% of all public school students in Washington, DC. Learn more about the PCSB at www.dcpcsb.org