Ratings

GreatSchools Rating

The GreatSchools rating is a simple tool for parents to compare schools based on test scores, student academic growth, and college readiness. It compares schools across the state, where the highest rated schools in the state are designated as “Above Average” and the lowest “Below Average.” It is designed to be a starting point to help parents make baseline comparisons. We always advise parents to visit the school and consider other information on school performance and programs, as well as consider their child's and family's needs as part of the school selection process.

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Rating Breakdown
Test score rating1
Test score rating examines how students at this school performed on standardized tests compared with other schools in the state. This rating is based on 2012-13 DC CAS results from the DC Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE).
Student growth rating2
Student growth rating measures whether students at this school are making academic progress over time. Specifically, the rating looks at how much progress individual students have made on reading and math assessments during the past year or more. This rating is based on 2012-13 Median Growth Percentiles in math and reading from the DC Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE).
College readiness rating1
College readiness rating combines this high school's graduation rates with data about college entrance exams, both of which are indicators of how well schools are preparing students for success in college and beyond. This rating is based on the percent of students hitting the ACT/SAT college readiness benchmark, ACT/SAT participation (% of 11th graders taking the ACT), and four-year adjusted graduation rates from 2011-12.
Methodology
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Priority

State Rating - OSSE Classification

The DC school classification system includes multiple measures to evaluate performance and student growth. The possible classifications, from highest to lowest, are Reward, Rising, Developing, Focus and Priority. These measures include the DC CAS, annual growth, graduation rates, attendance rates and participation rates. Under the system, required under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), each school is given a School Index Score based on the performance of its students. Schools receive different levels of support, resources, flexibility and monitoring based on their classification.

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Facts (and fiction) about school test scores

They're never the whole story, but test scores do offer important information about a school. If you know how to dig deeper.


Test scores

The bar charts below tell what percentage of students are performing at or above grade-level.

District of Columbia Comprehensive Assessment System (DC CAS)


Showing results for all students

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About the test

In 2013-2014 Washington, D.C. used the District of Columbia Comprehensive Assessment System (DC-CAS) to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8 and 10, science in grades 5, 8, and 10, and composition in grades 4, 7, and 10. Currently GreatSchools is displaying results for reading and math only. The DC-CAS is a standards-based testing program, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the District of Columbia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Office of the State Superintendent of Education


College readiness

AP courses and testing

Source: See notes
Colleges students typically attend after graduation Virginia State University
  Bennett College
  Bowie State University
% Graduates going to a 4 year college 50
% Graduates going to a 2 year college 20
% Graduates going into military service 5
% Graduates going into vocational programs 10
% Graduates going directly into the workforce 15
For the year 2013

Sources

AP courses and testing Civil Rights Data Collection, 2011-2012