Posts Tagged ‘DCPS’

What the Proposed Boundary Changes Mean for Each of the City’s High Schools

The city is out with its revised proposal for overhauling the school assignment policies and boundaries. Some parents—those in boundary for Wilson High School, for instance—are likely relieved to have been spared the more radical propositions suggested in an earlier round of proposals. Others will still be concerned about the changes, which shift some students [...]

Ten Charts That Explain D.C.’s School Problems

This week's cover story looks at the challenges facing Roosevelt High School, a school that by some measures is among the lowest performing in the District, yet whose surrounding neighborhood is by some measures the fastest gentrifying. The question is whether Roosevelt can ride Petworth's rising fortunes and attract its young families to a school [...]

D.C. Public Schools: Officially Better Than Fresno

Good news on the schools front: Mayor Vince Gray and D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson announced today that DCPS experienced a bigger jump in its test scores this year than any other urban district in the country. D.C. students' gains between 2011 and 2013 on the Trial Urban District Assessment, Gray and Henderson touted in a [...]

City Kicks Off Process to Redraw School Boundaries

Thought the Height Act was contentious? Try telling parents where they can send their kids to school.
Today, the city kicked off a process to reconsider public school boundaries and feeder patterns across the District. According to the mayor's office, it'll be the first comprehensive review of the city's student assignment policies in more than 30 [...]

Basketball-Playing Robots and Unfairly Amazing Teachers: Henderson Imagines D.C. Schools of the Future

After her predecessor Michelle Rhee got dinged for her critics-be-damned style of radical policy overhaul, D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson has taken a more measured approach, stressing continuity over disruptive change, and drawing accusations of a lack of vision in the process. Henderson acknowledged as much last night in her annual "State of the Schools" address, [...]

Back to School With Mayor Gray and Chancellor Henderson

It's 8:15 in the morning, and children are streaming into Powell Elementary School. They return the Spanish-language greetings of Principal Janeece Docal, and gamely give high-fives to the strange, grinning woman with an outstretched palm at the Petworth school's entrance.
The woman is D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson, and Powell is her first stop on a [...]

D.C.’s Best and Worst Schools by Math and Reading Proficiency

So D.C.'s schools are improving: In the past year, D.C. Public Schools and public charter school students averaged a 3.9 percent increase in math proficiency and a 4.1 percent increase in reading proficiency, according to the 2013 District of Columbia Comprehensive Assessment System. Those are the biggest gains in the system since 2008.
“Our approach, with great educators [...]

Gray Emphasizes Continuity in First Education Address

In his first speech dedicated to education, Mayor Vince Gray refrained from laying out any dramatic new proposals, instead highlighting the city's recent successes in public education and stressing the need for continuity.
"The plans and proposals I share with you may not send out seismic shockwaves or make big headlines," Gray said this afternoon, "but [...]

Process for Charters to Inherit Vacant DCPS Buildings Gets a Wee Bit Easier

A year ago, my redoubtable predecessor chronicled the hurdles charter schools face when they try to move into vacant D.C. Public Schools buildings. The administration of ex-Mayor Adrian Fenty closed 23 DCPS schools, but managed to get around rules giving charters top priority on the buildings, and at least 18 were handed over to city [...]

Map: Closing Schools Are Overwhelmingly in Minority Neighborhoods

I've written before about the unequal geographical distribution of D.C. Public Schools' planned school closures, with wards 5 and 7 bearing the brunt. But here's a map that puts the closures in a new light:

The map was created by University of the District of Columbia social sciences professor Amanda Huron, who shared a digital version [...]