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DC Prep is Highest-Performing Charter Management Organization in Washington on 2013 DC CAS

July 31 2013 | Press Release


For the second consecutive year, DC Prep is the highest-performing network of public charter schools in the nation’s capital, based on results from the 2013 District of Columbia Comprehensive Assessment System (DC CAS).

The state-level results, released yesterday at an event with DC Mayor Vincent Gray and other top education officials, demonstrate DC Prep’s longstanding track record of strong performance. For the second year in a row, DC Prep is the top-performing Charter Management Organization (CMO) in Washington.

DC Prep’s Edgewood Middle Campus (EMC) maintained its status as the highest-performing public charter school on the DC CAS citywide, with the highest scores on the 2013 DC CAS general assessment of any public charter school in Washington. EMC 4th-8th grade students continue to uphold its tradition of excellence, with 79% proficient in Reading, and 92% proficient in Math (up from 72% and 89% proficiency in Reading and Math on last year’s DC CAS, respectively). Particularly notable growth (+7%) was seen in Reading over last year. In addition, EMC retains its designation as an Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) “Reward” school.

Edgewood Elementary Campus (EEC) retains its designation as an OSSE “Rising” school, with 68% of its 3rd graders proficient in Reading and 76% proficient in Math (the highest proficiency percentage in Math the school has ever reached).

With its first class of 3rd graders taking the 2013 DC CAS (SY2012-13 was the first year the school had a 3rd grade cohort), the Benning Elementary Campus (BEC) scored 54% proficient in Reading and 59% proficient in Math – scores that make BEC an OSSE “Rising” school.

“These results are a direct result of the tireless work and effort of each campus-based team across DC Prep,” said Rick Cruz, CEO of DC Prep. “The entire DC Prep community – school leaders, teachers, staff, families, and students – should feel a tremendous sense of pride.”

DC Prep’s 2013 DC CAS scores far outpace the state proficiency rates of 50% in Reading and 53% in Math. The 2013 DC CAS scores represent results for 3rd through 8th grade students at EEC, EMC, and BEC; DC Prep’s fourth school, Benning Middle Campus, will open in Fall 2013 with 4th grade and, as such, will not have DC CAS results to report until its students take the assessment in Spring 2014.

2013 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 30, 2013.

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