D.C. Charter Schools Earn Record High Ratings

Photo Credit: Astrid Riecken/For The Washington Post

Photo Credit: Astrid Riecken/For The Washington Post

According to Education Watchdog's Emily Leayman, charter schools are celebrating a new record for top ratings under the national accountability system enacted by the D.C. Public Charter School Board. The rigorous rating system ensures that only quality schools stay open. This year 42 charter schools were ranked as "high-achieving." 23 out of these 42 schools have been classified as Tier 1 (high-performing) for the very first time.

These high-ranking schools range from Pre-K to adult high schools. They represent all areas of D.C. except for Ward 3, which does not have charter schools.

“As more and more families choose DC public charter schools for their children, improving the already high level of quality across all of our schools continues to be our top priority,” said PCSB Chair Darren Woodruff in a statement.

PCSB's Performance Management Framework rankings were instituted in 2011 and take into consideration performance on standardized testing, students’ academic growth on the test, re-enrollment and attendance. 

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