Updated DC CAS Results for Charter Schools Released

Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Contact: Audrey Williams  202-328-2748
awilliams@dcpubliccharter.com
 
Washington, D.C. —  District of Columbia public charter school students in secondary schools continued to show modest progress in both mathematics and reading on the District of Columbia Comprehensive Assessment System (DC CAS) tests.  In the final analysis released today by the DC Public Charter School Board, the results showed that secondary charter school students continue to show the highest proficiency rates.  While only five (5) charter schools met Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP), as required by the federal No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB), several schools made gains in proficiency over last year’s tests. This year the bar was raised from 60.5% in reading and 55.2% in math for elementary schools, and 57.69% in reading and 55.4% in math for secondary schools. The proficiency targets for this year are 73.7% in reading and 70.1% in math for elementary schools; and 71.8% in reading and 70.3 % in math for secondary schools. 

After a three-week appeals process, the final results among the charter sector show that secondary schools had the highest proficiency rates. Washington Latin Middle School students had the highest proficiency rate overall in reading (83%) and math (81%). KIPP DC: Key Academy Middle School had the highest math proficiency rate of 81%.  Thurgood Marshall Academy had the highest proficiency rates in math (71%) at the high school level.  In the elementary schools, Achievement Preparatory Academy had the highest proficiency in both subjects with 77% in reading and 80% in math. St. Coletta Special Education PCS, which serves students with significant cognitive disabilities, administered the DC CAS Alternative Assessment instead of the general assessment DC CAS.  

The goal of the NCLB legislation is to ensure that all students will be proficient or better in reading and math by 2014.  To reach that goal, each year schools and districts must meet ever-increasing AYP targets. The three determining factors for making AYP are proficiency targets for reading and math; graduation rates for high school and attendance for elementary and middle school; and 95% participation rate on the test. All student populations must meet AYP targets or safe harbor for the school to meet AYP.

“Performance on the DC CAS test is a critical barometer that the Board looks to as it evaluates a school’s achievement,” said PCSB Board Chair Brian Jones. “While we’re happy to see the gains and growth of students enrolled in the most effective charter schools, we are not complacent.  In our continuing effort to raise the bar on charter school performance, the Board will be looking for significantly improved DC CAS scores this year,” Jones said.

A handful of schools showed gains of more than 20 points over last year’s results.  Roots PCS Kennedy Street campus showed tremendous improvement in math by increasing proficiency by 46 points, and Potomac Lighthouse PCS improved math proficiency by 33 points.  Achievement Prep Academy and William E. Doar, Jr. Middle and High School campus significantly improved their reading proficiency by 21 points each.

Title I schools that have missed AYP for two consecutive years, must comply with NCLB sanctions which include required supports and services for students and teachers, and developing a plan to improve student achievement.
 

D.C. Charter Schools that Met AYP

Achievement Preparatory Academy
DC Preparatory Academy – Edgewood Elementary (safe harbor)
Mary McLeod Bethune Academy (safe harbor)
*St. Coletta Special Education
William E. Doar, Jr. Middle & High School (safe harbor)
 
(Safe harbor: A school may make AYP if it reduces the percentage of students scoring below proficient by at least 10%, compared to the prior year, as long as the school also meets the target for graduation or attendance and meets the 95 % participation rate.)
 

Top 10 Proficiency Rates for the D.C. Charter Schools

 

School Category

Reading

Math

Name of School

Prof 2009

Prof 2010

Gain (Loss)

Prof 2009

Prof 2010

Gain (Loss)

*St. Coletta Special Education PCS

E

81.82

93.42

11.6

80.68

85.53

4.85

WashingtonLatin - Middle School

S

82.31

82.77

0.46

81.95

81.42

-0.53

Achievement Preparatory Academy PCS

E

56.36

77.03

20.67

81.82

79.73

-2.09

D.C. Preparatory Academy PCS - Edgewood Middle Campus

S

64.94

75

10.06

69.7

77.68

7.98

Kipp Dc: KeyAcademy PCS

S

77.27

68.51

-8.76

94.16

81.49

-12.67

Kipp Dc: WillAcademy PCS

S

60.17

64.71

4.54

74.15

76.8

2.65

E.L. Haynes PCS

E

66.13

67.36

1.23

79.57

69.42

-10.15

Howard UniversityMath And Science PCS

S

72.92

70.18

-2.74

70.4

65.82

-4.58

Paul Junior High PCS

S

62.34

65.94

3.6

66.25

68.13

1.88

Thurgood Marshall Academy PCS

S

66.67

62.07

-4.6

72

71.26

-0.74

*St. Coletta, which serves students with significant cognitive disabilities, administered the DC CAS Alternative Assessment instead of the general assessment DC CAS.

 

 

 

School Category

Top 10 Proficiency Rates for Charter Schools in Math

Name of School

Prof 2009

Prof 2010

Gain (Loss)

2010 Rank

*St. Coletta Special Education PCS

E

80.68

85.53

4.85

1

Kipp DC: KeyAcademy PCS

S

94.16

81.49

-12.67

2

WashingtonLatin - Middle School

S

81.95

81.42

-0.53

3

Achievement Preparatory Academy PCS

E

81.82

79.73

-2.09

4

D.C. Preparatory Academy PCS - Edgewood Middle Campus

S

69.7

77.68

7.98

5

Kipp Dc: WillAcademy PCS

S

74.15

76.8

2.65

6

Kipp Dc: AimAcademy PCS

S

83.73

76.21

-7.52

7

Thurgood Marshall Academy PCS

S

72

71.26

-0.74

8

E.L. Haynes PCS

E

79.57

69.42

-10.15

9

Roots PCS -

Kennedy Street
Campus

E

22.22

68.42

46.2

10

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

School Category

Top 10 Proficiency Rates for Charter Schools in Reading

Name of School

Prof 2009

Prof 2010

Gain (Loss)

2010 Rank

*St. Coletta Special Education PCS

E

81.82

93.42

11.6

1

WashingtonLatin - Middle School

S

82.31

82.77

0.46

2

Achievement Preparatory Academy PCS

E

56.36

77.03

20.67

3

D.C. Preparatory Academy PCS - Edgewood Middle Campus

S

64.94

75

10.06

4

Two Rivers - Elementary

E

59.12

72.06

12.94

5

Howard UniversityMath And Science PCS

S

72.92

70.18

-2.74

6

WashingtonLatin - High School

S

 

69.57

 

7

Latin American Montessori Bilingual PCS

E

 

68.97

 

8

Kipp DC: KeyAcademy PCS

S

77.27

68.51

-8.76

9

E.L. Haynes PCS

E

66.13

67.36

1.23

10

*St. Coletta, which serves students with significant cognitive disabilities, administered the DC CAS Alternative Assessment instead of the general assessment DC CAS.