Today, the District of Columbia’s Office of the State Superintendent of Education released 2016-17 scores for all D.C. schools’ performance on PARCC, the state assessment administered to all public school students. We were excited to see growth across the District of Columbia and proud that KIPP DC’s students showed consistently strong performance on the PARCC assessment.
KIPP DC remains the highest performing PreK3-12 system in the District, providing a comprehensive educational pathway for 6,000 of the city’s students on their paths to and through college and career. On average, KIPP DC students outperformed students from D.C. Public Schools (DCPS) and the charter sector average on both the Mathematics and English Language Arts assessments. More students scoring 4s and 5s on the PARCC attend KIPP DC than any other charter system in the city.
Teachers and parents are incredibly proud of the skills and knowledge that KIPP DC students demonstrated on last year’s PARCC assessment,” said Susan Schaeffler, founder and chief executive of KIPP DC. “We have bright students and hardworking teachers, and their efforts have led KIPP DC schools to be among the top performers in the District of Columbia. With our school year already underway, our staff, students, and parents are recommitting to building upon our strengths, while reflecting and improving on our areas of growth.”
Highlights from KIPP DC’s 2016-17 PARCC Results:
- KIPP DC Promise Academy again ranks as the highest performing charter elementary school in the District of Columbia.
- At our Douglass Campus, Heights Academy and AIM Academy are the highest performing elementary and middle schools in Ward 8. We’re proud of the Douglass Campus for their growth and continued educational leadership in Anacostia.
- Students at our Benning Campus collectively led Ward 7 PARCC test takers, with KEY Academy being the second ranked Ward 7 middle school and Promise Academy being the top-performing elementary school in Ward 7 and top-performing charter elementary in the District.
- Across the KIPP DC network, our students have consistently been among the city’s top performers in Mathematics proficiency rates in recent years, and we were pleased to see those outcomes again this year (39% proficiency vs. city average of 27% proficiency). Promise, Heights, Spring, and Lead Academies are the four highest performing charter schools on the Mathematics PARCC exam.
- KIPP DC College Preparatory, our high school, remains among the strongest performing open-enrollment high schools in the District of Columbia. With a record freshman class of 275+, we’re excited to see more KIPP DC students on a path to a choice-filled life at KCP this year.
This is the third year that students in the District of Columbia have taken this Common Core-aligned assessment, which was designed to be far more challenging than our previous assessment (the DC CAS) and is aligned to KIPP DC’s mission of preparing students for college and careers.
“PARCC has driven an important dialogue in D.C. about college and career readiness, and it is one of the many data points that we use on the road to college and self-sustaining careers,” Schaeffler said. “As we look to the 2017-18 school year, we’re excited to celebrate our students’ PARCC achievements and continue our focus on ensuring a more equitable future for all Washington, D.C. students.”
KIPP DC, the largest public charter school network in Washington, D.C. and second largest system behind DCPS, has been operating high-quality schools in the District for 16 years and currently educates 6,000 students in grades PreK3 through 12 at 16 schools.
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