D.C. Public Charter Schools Show Gains in Math and Reading Proficiency Across Most Schools

Friday, July 8, 2011
Contact: Audrey Williams  301-351-6259
Washington, D.C. —The D.C. Comprehensive Assessment System (DC CAS) test results, released by the D.C. Public Charter School Board (PCSB) today, show overall improvement in test performance by a majority of the city’s public charter schools.
“The Board is pleased to see the continued progress among charter schools that administered the DC CAS,” said Darren Woodruff, PCSB Board Member and Chair of the Schools Committee. “While there is still more progress to be made, we are seeing higher levels of school-wide proficiency and continued progress moving students from below grade level toward grade-level proficiency.” 
Of the 93 school campuses the PCSB oversees, a total of 76 campuses had students tested.   D.C. public school students in grades 3-8 and the 10th grade are required to take the DC CAS, the citywide standardized test, annually to comply with the federal No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act.
The majority of charter school campuses showed improvement in this year’s test scores compared to last year’s results – 44 campuses improved their reading scores and 46 campuses improved their math scores; 35 campuses improved in both reading and math.
The average proficiency rate in elementary schools was 46.10% in reading – up from 44.41% last year and 45.52% in math – up from 42.7% last year.  In secondary schools, the average proficiency rate was 54.2% in reading – an increase from 52.42% last year and 62% in math an increase from 57.5% last year.
Proficiency rates in our charter schools are on an upward trend and many schools demonstrated high proficiency in math and reading:
• 20 school campuses have 60% or more of the students proficient in reading
• 22 campuses have 60% or more proficient in math
• 8  campuses have 70% or more of their students proficient in reading 
• 15 campuses have 70% or more in math
• 2 school campuses have 80% or more proficient in reading; and 
• 5 campuses have 80% or more proficient in math
“The PCSB is committed to holding charter schools to high standards and these results show that charter schools are determined to do whatever it takes to help students reach proficiency and excel,” Woodruff said. 
DC CAS data will be used in the PCSB’s performance management framework (PMF), which evaluates charter schools’ academic performance, including yearly student achievement, student progress over time and student readiness for graduation and post-secondary success.  Results of the PMF will be released this fall.
Individual charter schools will receive their DC CAS data on July 15 and will have two weeks to review and verify the information with the Office of the State Superintendent.  Final DC CAS results by school and grade levels as well as AYP report cards will be published by early August.
The D.C. Public Charter School Board currently oversees 52 public charter schools on 93 campuses serving more than 29,000 students living in every ward of the city.  Public charter schools now serve approximately 39% of all public school students in Washington, D.C.  Learn more about PCSB at www.dcpubliccharter.com.