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We are proud to announce our 2020 Bold Improvement school cohort. Prior to the pandemic, these 13 schools have academic growth rates for one or more at-risk student groups that are on pace to close the achievement gap with students from affluent DC families within five years.
This year, we launched a new DC Bold Schools website where you can learn about the Bold Improvement winners as well as the Bold Performance schools we announced last fall.
In alphabetical order, the 13: Center City Congress Heights, Excel Academy, Friendship Blow-Pierce Middle, Friendship Online Middle, Kimball Elementary, KIPP DC Promise, KIPP DC Quest, LaSalle-Backus Education Campus, Nalle Elementary, Payne Elementary, Perry Street Prep, Truesdell Education Campus, and Whittier Education Campus
This report, published April 7, 2020, explores national research and local data to estimate the potential impact of coronavirus-related school closures on DC proficiency rates in 2021. Based on the best data available, we expect PARCC proficiency declines of about 1 percentage point for every week of lost instruction.
On April 7th, we hosted a webinar where participants learned about the components of improvement science and how they apply to distance learning initiatives. The presentation and materials covered in the session are available at the link below.
Our latest DC report card dashboard combines multiple report views into one app, so users can efficiently access the report card scores of interest to them. We have multiple dashboards that can answer the following sample questions:
Click here or the graphic at left to access the dashboard! Almost all of the charts are interactive, so hover around and click on things to gain additional insights!
Coming on the heels of nation-leading growth on NAEP, the Nation’s Report Card, a record 28 DC schools met our criteria for Bold Performance awards in 2019. Bold Performance award-winning schools are open enrollment schools that serve a high at-risk student population and have combined math and English language arts proficiency rates dramatically higher than similar schools.
Together, the 28 schools educate 10,759 students, of which 18% receive special education services and 57% are considered at-risk, ranging from 32% to 86%. An at-risk student is a child whose family qualifies for SNAP or TANF benefits, is placed in foster care, or is experiencing homelessness.
Seventeen of the Bold Performance award-winning and honorable-mention schools are located east of the Anacostia River in Ward 7 and Ward 8, three in Ward 6, four in Ward 5, two in Ward 4, and one each in Wards 2 and 1.
Since 2015, EmpowerK12 has supported schools and school support organizations to become more data-driven. What does that mean? Start by checking out our Rubric for Data-Driven Culture for School Systems. We provide multi-tiered support covering data infrastructure, data reporting, coaching, and evaluation services.
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