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Posted at 4:00 PM ET, 07/13/2010

How charter schools compare to DCPS

By Washington Post editors

Scores are just in Tuesday afternoon for D.C. public charter schools. The headline is that secondary schools (middle and high) in the charter sector are well ahead of those in the D.C. Public Schools system. But there is virtually no difference between charter and DCPS elementary scores.

Here's the breakdown from the Office of the State Superintendent of Education

Here are pass rates on the D.C. Comprehensive Assessment System for D.C. Public Schools, under Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee, and for independently operated public charter schools. The results show the percentage of students who reached proficiency or better. The DC-CAS, given in April, is separate from federal testing that compares achievement among states and various cities. Elementary results are drawn from grades 3 through 5, secondary results from grades 6 through 8 and grade 10. DCPS results are in bold.
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Elementary reading
2007: 38 DCPS, 41 charter
2008: 46, 45
2009: 49, 46
2010: 44, 44
Elementary math
2007: 29 DCPS, 35 charter
2008: 41, 42
2009: 48, 42
2010: 43, 43
Secondary reading
2007: 30 DCPS, 44 charter
2008: 39, 47
2009: 40, 53
2010: 43, 52
Secondary math
2007: 27 DCPS, 44 charter
2008: 37, 48
2009: 40, 56
2010: 44, 58

Source: D.C. Office of the State Superintendent of Education

By Washington Post editors  | July 13, 2010; 4:00 PM ET
 
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Comments

What a surprise, Mayor Fenty did not mention the charter scores at his press conference even though 40% of the kid's public school students are in charters. Then, the Washington Post, his propaganda paper, places the scores on a blog other than the DC Wire or the DC Education blog. No link from the Education subpage. Let's all bury the good news and hope no one notices???? Like no on is noticing that Fenty disobeys the law and does not offer surplused public school buildings to charters ahead of his developer buddies. I notice.

Posted by: parentof2redheads | July 13, 2010 9:03 PM | Report abuse

These charter scores are not good. Why was the message about charter performance stated as so positive? Good for high school students though. They need to really pick up the pace on proficiency or else their high school graduation will be meaningless.

Posted by: Nikki1231 | July 14, 2010 9:59 AM | Report abuse

Wow. 52% reading proficiency; 58% math. And this with charter schools' drawing students with the most motivated parents.

Soooo impressive... not.

Posted by: ibc0 | July 14, 2010 11:44 AM | Report abuse

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