Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Wednesday, July 28th Chancellor Rhee Holds Forum on DCPS Standardized Test Results

On Wednesday, July 28th, 6:30 - 8 pm, Chancellor Michelle Rhee is hosting a discussion concerning DCPS student performance on standardized tests. It will include breakout sessions designed to assist parents in reading the results on the DIBELS and DC-CAS tests. The meeting will occur at Shaw @ Garnet-Patterson Middle School, 2001 10th Street, N.W.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

DC Delays Plan to Change Rate Structure for Private Special Ed Placements

D.C. has delayed its decision to implement new rate structures that would cap tuition payments for D.C. special education students attending private schools funded with D.C. tax dollars.  Originally scheduled to take effect in the Fall of 2010, following expressions of concern by parents and education, the plan was halted by the Office of State Superintendent until July 2010.  The plan would have restricted tuition rates to $215 per day, for $38,700 per 180-day school year. 

Friday, July 16, 2010

Early Education Round Table

Join Miriam Calderon, director of early childhood education, and Carol Day, president of the National Black Child Development Institute, for an openquestion-and-answer session about DCPS’ early education (Preschool, pre-K, Head Start, Early Stages) program options.

Light snacks and childcare will be provided.
Tuesday, July 20, 2010

7-8 p.m.

DCPS Central Office

1200 First Street, NE

Washington, D.C. 20002

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

D.C. elementary test scores show decline

D.C. officials announced Tuesday that reading and math test scores declined in elementary schools this year, halting a two-year run of significant gains and dealing a setback to Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee as she seeks to overhaul city schools.

The news was better for middle and high schools, which saw continued gains in reading and math on the District of Columbia Comprehensive Assessment System (DC CAS), administered every April.

After rising 20 percentage points from 2007 to 2009, the elementary math proficiency rate dipped 4.6 points this year, to 43.4. The elementary reading proficiency rate, which had risen 11 percentage points from 2007 to 2009, fell 4.4 points, to 44.4 percent. The proficiency rate is essentially a measure of the portion of students who pass the tests.

School-by-school scores will not be available until later this month.

Rhee, who joined Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) to announce the 2010 scores in a mid-morning news conference at Ballou High School, said she couldn't account for the drop in elementary scores, and that it would require some study.

"We're going to dig into the data," she said.

Rhee and Fenty emphasized the overall record of test score gains since the mayor appointed Rhee in 2007. School reform has become a key issue in Fenty's reelection campaign against challenger Vincent C. Gray (D), the D.C. Council chairman.

Rhee called the three-year gains at the middle and high school levels -- an average of 14 percentage points in reading and 17 points in math -- a significant achievement. In a statement distributed to reporters, Michael Casserly, executive director of the Council of the Great City Schools, which consults with urban school districts, called the growth "unusual and important," adding that the District is one of the few cities in the country to see double-digit growth at the secondary level.

Officials also reported that the percentage of students scoring at advanced levels has doubled in elementary and secondary schools since 2007.

This post has been updated since it was first published.

-- Bill Turque