Evaluating School Reform in the District of Columbia

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The National Research Council Makes Its Report, Finally It feels like forever that DC Public Schools have been known as one of the worst (if not the worst) public school systems in the nation. Low test scores and high dropout rates back up the perception. Twenty years ago, DC School Reform Act of 1995 (a gift […] . . . → Read More: Evaluating School Reform in the District of Columbia

One Student’s Take On What Really Matters In DC Public Schools

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I asked DC Public School graduate Quintess Bond why she thought DCPS test scores were so low? She presents her thesis in the form of this documentary. In it, Quintess explores the theory that good schools need active parents, engaged students and a dedicated faculty and administrative staff. I think she puts a bit too […] . . . → Read More: One Student’s Take On What Really Matters In DC Public Schools

Will Any DC School Officials Answer Ward 8 State Board of Ed. Member Mr. Trayon White’s Question?

By Erich Martel Retired DCPS Social Studies Teacher At the July 31st meeting of the DC State Board of Education, Ward 8 Member, Mr. Trayon White, said that he had attended the 2013 graduation of Thurgood Marshall Charter HS and wondered why there were so few graduates when four years earlier, as a 9th grade, the class […] . . . → Read More: Will Any DC School Officials Answer Ward 8 State Board of Ed. Member Mr. Trayon White’s Question?

Events Leading Up To DC Public School Closings Lawsuit

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Although the injunction that would have stopped the closing of 15 DC Public Schools was denied and we’re still waiting to find out the date for the hearing that will decide the actual merits of the case, it might make sense to remind ourselves of the events that led to the lawsuit in the first […] . . . → Read More: Events Leading Up To DC Public School Closings Lawsuit

Report: DCPS Scores Have Not Improved With Reforms

Cross-Posted from The Examiner Written by Lisa Gartner Third-graders in DC Public Schools have failed to show any gains in math or reading since aggressive school reforms began in 2007, according to an independent analysis of the city’s standardized test scores. The report, to be released Monday by the nonprofit DC Action for Children, also suggests the city’s […] . . . → Read More: Report: DCPS Scores Have Not Improved With Reforms