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Today, DC officials publicly released the city’s 2016 Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) results. Overall, DC Prep students demonstrated solid performance in both ELA and Math compared to their peers across the city. Based on results from the 2016 PARCC exam, DC Prep is the highest-performing network of public charter schools in the nation’s capital for the fifth year running.
The state-level 3rd through 8th grade PARCC scores, issued by local education officials including the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE), demonstrate the efficacy of DC Prep’s educational model and serve as a proof point for a high-quality, Common Core-aligned public education.
The District of Columbia adopted a rigorous national proficiency level on PARCC of 4+. The PARCC exam scores each student’s college and career readiness performance levels on a scale of 1 to 5 as follows:
• Level 1: Did Not Yet Meet Expectations,
• Level 2: Partially Met Expectations,
• Level 3: Approached Expectations,
• Level 4: Met Expectations, and
• Level 5: Exceeded Expectations.
Network-wide, approximately 74% and 82% of DC Prep 3rd through 8th grade students scored at a PARCC performance level of 3+ in ELA and Math, respectively. In addition:
• Our performance in serving low-income students continues to be strong: DC Prep as an LEA (or organization) has the highest combined ELA and Math proficiency (level 4+) for the economically disadvantaged subgroup citywide.
• EMC and EEC have the highest ELA and Math combined proficiency in Ward 5.
• All campuses showed growth in at least one subject area, with the middle campuses showing strong growth in ELA and elementary campuses showing strong growth in Math.
“DC Prep’s proficiency rates continue to show strong performance and are a testament to the hard work of our Preppies, teachers, school leaders, and families; I commend them for their tenacity and focus,” said Emily Lawson, DC Prep’s Founder and CEO.
The PARCC assessment in Math and English Language Arts for 3rd through 8th graders is Common Core-aligned and asks students to demonstrate knowledge in college and career-ready skills such as analytical writing, critical thinking, and problem solving. PARCC results establish a new baseline of performance levels and mastery that are more rigorous than its DC CAS predecessor; given the increased rigor, PARCC scores look much different than DC CAS results.
For more information about citywide results, click here.
To download the full press release, click here.
Students in 3rd through 8th grade were administered PARCC assessments in SY2015-16 at DC Prep’s Benning and Edgewood sites. DC Prep’s Anacostia Elementary Campus opened in SY2015-16 with preschool and pre-k and will “grow up” a grade each year through 3rd grade; as such, those students will not be eligible to take PARCC until SY2019-20.
2016 PARCC results and DC Prep’s comparative standing are exclusively based on information released by OSSE as of August 30, 2016.