Performance Metrics & PARCC 2017

DCB Awarded ‘Tier 1’ Ranking by DCPCS

DC Bilingual Public Charter School has again achieved Tier 1 status.

41362 DCPCSB Tier 1 Badges7Tier 1 is the highest ranking awarded by the DC Public Charter School Board (DCPCS) to charter schools within Washington DC.

This amazing achievement ranks DCB among the top 10 highest-performing elementary charters in the city and in the top 25% of the District’s 73 tiered charter schools. We also celebrate the achievement of our partner schools as well as DC International for also receiving Tier 1 status.  

DC Bilingual received an overall score of 75.3 — a 13-point gain from our previous score and a clear indication of our continued student-centered, academically-driven teaching approach. (View full report here).

DCPCS awards Tier rankings 1 through 3 based on evaluations of the School Quality Report. This report compiles information on each charter including re-enrollment, attendance, achievement and growth in PARCC and achievement in the PreK assessment, CLASS. Our incredible gains in Math and ELA (English Language Arts) in the 2015-2016 PARCC and CLASS, are directly responsible for our Tier 1 ranking.

Performance Metrics & Achievements:

  • DCB is a Tier 1 School: ‘Tier 1’ is the highest ranking awarded by the DC Public Charter School Board (DCPCS) to charter schools within Washington, DC. This amazing achievement ranks DCB among the top 10 highest-performing elementary charters in the city and in the top 25% of the District’s 73 tiered charter schools.
  • DCB is among DC’s Top Performing Schools Educating More Students with Disabilities.
  • DCB is among DC’s Top Performers in PARCC Reading 2015-16
  • DCB is among the Most Improved: Schools with Highest School Quality Report Score Increase from 2013-14 to 2015-16.
  • 2015-16 PARCC Assessment: Results demonstrate DCB continues to outpace previous results. Since the 2014-15 school year, DCB has made:
    • A 2.9 percentage point jump in students scoring 3 or above in Math
    • A 3.1 percentage point increase in students scoring 3 or above in ELA
    • A nearly 12 percentage point increase in students scoring 4 or above in Math
    • A 5.8 percentage point increase in students scoring 4 or above in ELA
  • In 2015 DCB had the 4th highest % of 3rd graders at 3+ in ELA (the PCSB’s benchmark) of all charters in the city
  • Washington, DC Mayor’s Award for Excellence in Art Education in 2015 (Garwin Zamora)
  • 2015 FOCUS Achievement Award: Closing the Achievement Gap
  • 2015 FOCUS Achievement Award: Special Achievement – ELL Students
  • “Top Performing DC Public Charter School” on PARCC; 65% of students scored a 3 or higher in English Language Arts and 64% of students scored a 3 or higher in Math. These were higher than the citywide average of 44% and 56%, respectively.
  • DC Bilingual had the highest percentage of students classified as ELL scoring proficient on the DC CAS Reading in 2013
  • 2013: Fight for Children “Rising Star” Award: Improving low-income student achievement
  • 80% of DC Bilingual’s fifth grade students scored proficient on the 2013 Science DC CAS after having received 100% of their science instruction in Spanish
  • USDA HealthierUS Gold School: 2011
  • Since 2008, DC Bilingual gained 43 points in math proficiency based on the DC CAS

The PARCC Assessment is a computer-based assessment aligned to the Common Core State Standards.   It measures college and career readiness in English Language Arts (ELA) and Math.  The test measures students’ ability to engage in high-level thinking and to work through complex problems that may not have a clear solution. DC public and charter school students have taken the PARCC Assessment for the last three years.

Students are scored on a scale of 1 to 5, with 4 or 5 considered on track to being “college and career ready.”

To view DC Bilingual’s full results, visit the OSSE’s Official PARCC Results Page.

  

2017 DCB PARCC Highlights

  • ELA scores rose overall.  The percentage of DCB students scoring 3+ in ELA rose by 7% while scores of 4+ rose by 6% over 2016.
  • Fifth graders showed big gains in reading: Scores of 3+ rose by 16%, while scores of 4+ rose by 31%
  • Fifth graders showed big gains in math, too:  Scores of 3+ were up 11%.  Scores of 4+ were up 13%.
  • Third graders’ scores rose in both ELA and math. ELA scores of 3+ were up 27% and scores of 4+ were up 12%.  Math scores of 3+ rose 7% and 4+ rose 42%.
  • Challenges remain. After making gains in 2016, fourth graders’ scores dipped this year; we are looking forward to regaining that ground in the coming school year.

Saluting Our Fifth Grade Graduates  

Our  2017 Fifth Grade class showed outstanding performance on PARCC, significantly surpassing city averages in PARCC  for both ELA and Math and beating their class’s own performance in 2015 and 2016.

  • DCB’s Fifth Graders beat the city average in students scoring 4+ in ELA by 36 percentage points and beat the city average in Math by 26 percentage points.
  • The Fifth Grade cohort has shown tremendous growth over three years of PARCC testing.  ELA scores of 4+ for this group has risen by 71% since 2015, and scores of 4+ in Math have gone up 63%.

DCB awaits the Fall delivery of detailed student-level scores. When received, we will share the results with individual families.

If you have any questions about the PARCC Assessment results, feel free to contact DCB’s Director of Data & Accountability, Rohini Ramnath, rramnath@dcbilingual.org.

Thank you for your continued support and we hope you are as pleased as we are with DCB’s continued academic success.