Public Charter School Board Launches New Performance Framework to Hold Schools Much More Accountable for Success
Washington, DC 20010
Contact: Audrey Williams 202-328-2748
The PCSB’s previous accountability system was comprehensive but more focused on individualized evaluations of each charter school’s annual performance. The PMF will continue to respect schools’ individuality, while providing a more holistic look at charter school performance across schools. In addition, the PCSB will provide struggling schools with targeted support and allow high performing schools more freedom.
“Some of the changes that schools will see include an annual evaluation based on a standard set of measures, the addition of a growth measure, customized review of schools’ missions, while continuing to respect each charter school’s autonomy,” said PCSB Executive Director Josephine Baker.
The PMF will improve the PCSB’s ability to define high, medium, low-performing and at-risk schools and to clearly communicate the expectations, rewards and consequences to schools, families and communities. “This framework will allow the Board to make clear judgments about school performance and better manage the portfolio of public charter school offerings,” said Board Chair Tom Nida. “The key objective is to drive high-achieving schools to full potential, mediocre schools to high-achieving levels, and to eliminate low-performing schools,” Nida said.
This new framework, which was piloted in the 2008-2009 school year on a select group of schools, will be fully implemented during the 2009-2010 school year. Results of the review will be publicly available in fall 2010 and will provide the community with a comprehensive view of public charter schools’ academic, fiscal, and governance performance.
The D.C. Public Charter School Board currently oversees 57 public charter schools on 99 campuses, serving approximately 28,000 students living in every ward of the city.
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