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DC Prep is Highest-Performing Charter Management Organization in Washington on 2012 DC CAS

July 27 2012 | Press Release

DC Prep is the highest-performing Charter Management Organization (CMO) in Washington, based on results from the 2012 District of Columbia Comprehensive Assessment System (DC CAS).

The state-level results, released yesterday, demonstrate DC Prep’s continued strong performance. The Edgewood Middle Campus (EMC) remains the highest-performing public charter middle school on the DC CAS citywide. This year, EMC also has the highest scores on the DC CAS general assessment of any public charter school in the city.* Likewise, the Edgewood Elementary Campus (EEC) made big gains and is now the highest-performing elementary school east of Rock Creek Park. Overall, the results of both Edgewood campuses make DC Prep the highest-performing CMO citywide.

EEC’s third grade students made substantial gains in the 2012 DC CAS, moving from 65% proficient last year to 76% proficient this year in Reading, and from 60% proficient to 72% proficient in Math.

EMC students continue to uphold its tradition of excellence, with 72% proficient in Reading, and 89% proficient in Math.

Perhaps most exciting is the progress of students who have been with DC Prep since prekindergarten, with 83% scoring proficient in Reading and 87% scoring proficient in Math. These scores rival those at many Ward 3 elementary schools, showing that DC Prep is on track toward its mission of bridging the educational divide citywide.

“These results show the progress we’ve made toward this very ambitious goal,” said Emily Lawson, Founder and CEO of DC Prep. “This year’s DC CAS scores are the product of a diligent, committed, and inspiring group of students, teachers, and school leaders.”

DC Prep’s DC CAS scores far outpace the state proficiency rates of 45.6% in Reading and 49.3% in Math. The 2012 DC CAS scores represent results for 3rd through 8th grade students at EEC and EMC; DC Prep’s Benning Elementary Campus served preschool through 2nd grade in the 2011-2012 school year and, therefore, does not have DC-CAS results to report.

2012 DC CAS results and DC Prep’s comparative standing are exclusively based on calculations released by the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) as of July 26, 2012.

*St. Coletta Special Education Public Charter School had higher proficiency rates than DC Prep’s Edgewood Middle Campus, but its students take the DC CAS-ALT, a different version of the DC CAS.

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