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Inaugural 2015 PARCC Assessment Results

November 30 2015 | Press Release

DC officials publicly released the city’s inaugural 2015 Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) results. As anticipated, given PARCC’s increased rigor, proficiency rates are lower than the DC CAS across the city. Similar to other states administering PARCC, DC’s scores dropped significantly from previous results on other exams – not because students learned less, but because the new test sets a higher bar for student learning.

The state-level 3rd through 8th grade PARCC scores, issued today 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. Despite lower scores overall, DC Prep is the highest-performing network of public charter schools in the nation’s capital for the fourth year running based on results from the 2015 PARCC exam.

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, 58% of DC Prep students tested* scored 4+ on the PARCC Math assessment, and 43% scored 4+ on English Language Arts – compared to 25% and 24% citywide. Over 80% of DC Prep 3rd through 8th grade students scored at a PARCC performance level of 3+. This is an encouraging sign for future student growth on PARCC in the years to come. In addition:

• 84% of 8th grade students at DC Prep’s Edgewood Middle Campus scored 4+ in Math, and 63% in English Language Arts – more than three times greater than the citywide averages of 25% and 17%, respectively.

• The four DC Prep campuses where PARCC was administered (Edgewood Elementary and Middle Campuses as well as Benning Elementary and Middle Campuses), scored in the top 10 schools citywide for combined English Language Arts and Math for the economically disadvantaged subgroup – a validation of the organization’s mission-driven educational approach.

“Consistent with DC Prep’s mission, PARCC is designed to better prepare our students for academic success in rigorous high schools, college, and the workforce,” said Emily Lawson, DC Prep’s Founder and CEO. “On behalf of the Board, I congratulate our Preppies, teachers, and leaders on their progress in the uncharted waters of PARCC. We knew this would be a tough road, and the data shows that we are not yet achieving our goals of preparing all of our students for college. But we are also encouraged that we are on the right track. I am confident that our students will continue to demonstrate future growth on the test in the years ahead.”

The PARCC assessment in Math and English Language Arts for 3rd through 8th graders replaces the previously-administered DC CAS assessment. Common Core-aligned, PARCC 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 SY2014-15 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.

2015 PARCC results and DC Prep’s comparative standing are exclusively based on information released by OSSE as of November 30, 2015.


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