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One of the goals in creating charter schools was to share work and education practices with traditional schools.  That continues to happen in DC.

The DC Public Charter School Board (PCSB) is accepting public comment on updates to the language in its policies and procedures manual on PCSB monitoring of schools. The public comment period opens today, August 23, and will close on Thursday September 20. A public hearing will be held on Monday September 17 at 7:30 p.m. at the DC Public Charter School Board, 3333 14th Street, NW, Washington, DC.

The DC Public Charter School Board (PCSB) is accepting public comment on its 15-year renewal guidelines for schools that received a charter in 1997 that is set to expire during the 2012-2013 school year. PCSB is accepting public comments on an expedited timeline to ensure that the charter renewal guidelines go into effect for this school year.

The DC Public Charter School Board (PCSB) is accepting public comment on a pilot program to bring its Performance Management Framework (PMF) accountability measure to 35 charter school early childhood programs. PCSB is accepting public comments on an expedited timeline to ensure that the Early Childhood Performance Management Framework pilot can go into effect for this school year.

Here is the agenda for the DC Public Charter School Board's August 2012 meeting.

LAYC Career Academy's Operations Manager, Jeremy Vera moving
items into the school (Photos by Shenneth Dove-Morse)

Last week we talked about Rocketship, and why it would be good for experienced charter school operators like them to apply to open schools in DC.  We have a host of reasons why DC is a great place for o

The New Teacher Project, known for their pathbreaking reports on the teaching profession (such as the Widget Effect and Unintended Consequences

On Sunday, the Washington Post published a profile of Rocketship Education, a highly successful

Welcome to the DC Public Charter School Board's (DC PCSB) new blog! This blog was started to open a two-way dialogue about charter schools and charter school authorizing in Washington, DC.

The DC Public Charter School Board (PCSB) today released its 2012 Annual Report.

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 DC Public Charter School Board (PCSB) has opened the public comment period on two proposed policies: to clarify the definition of a school, a campus and a facility, and to use a single term to describe multiple data collection systems.

DC Public Charter School Board Board Meeting Agenda, July 16, 2012 at 7:30 PM, 3333 14th Street, NW 2nd Fl Conf. Room, Washington, DC 20010

Nearly 15,000 names are on waiting lists at DC charter schools, according to self-reported data from the city’s 98 charter school campuses compiled by the DC Public Charter School Board. Meanwhile, more than 700 slots are still available, including several at high-performing schools ranked as Tier 1 on the PCSB’s Performance Management Framework (PMF).

Testing integrity is extremely important to the DC Public Charter School Board, as DC CAS test results are the most critical part of the formula we use in the Performance Management Framework to assess and place schools in tiers. We take testing violations very seriously. We are grateful to OSSE for the work they have done with the investigation.

The DC Public Charter School Board (PCSB) is accepting public comments on three proposed policies: to use the term "pre-K" to describe all early childhood charter school programs; set new floors for some measures on the Performance Management Framework (PMF), the PCSB’s evaluation tool for assessing and monitoring charter school performance, and a revised deadline date for 2012- 13 Start-up Charter School applications.

The DC Public Charter School Board (PCSB) is looking for experienced and successful charter school operators to open new schools in Washington, DC.

The DC Public Charter School Board and the Office of the State Superintendent of Education on Friday May 25, 2012, hosted a webinar for Charter Local Education Agencies (LEAs) regarding proposed regulations governing student Dual Enrollment. A Dual Enrollment program enables high school students to enroll in approved college courses, taken on a college campus, and to simultaneously earn high school and college credit.

The DC Public Charter School Board (PCSB) is accepting public comment on two proposed policies to protect student records and revise criteria for schools that request an increase in their enrollment ceiling. In addition to submitting written comments, members of the public may participate in a public hearing to be held during its next monthly meeting on Monday, June 18.

Every year the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) contracts an independent auditor to conduct an annual student enrollment audit in D.C. As part of the audit, the independent auditor reports the number of students whose residency could not be verified at the time of the audit. Specifically, the report identifies non-resident students enrolled in D.C. Public Schools (DCPS), Public Charter Schools (PCS) and Non-Publics (private special education schools or programs). Additionally, the report identifies how many non-resident students have been assessed and paid tuition.

As we have seen with charter schools in jurisdictions around the country, the prospect of a neighborhood preference for charter schools is a complicated issue. For this reason, the DC Public Charter School Board applauds Council Chairman Kwame Brown for his leadership in establishing a task force that will carefully examine the issue and seek neighborhood input from the communities that would be affected.

District of Columbia 8thGrade students scored lower than national averages in science-based subject matter achievement in 2011, according to The Nation’s Report Card, a biennial report released today by the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). Results are statewide and represent both District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) and District public charter schools.