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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|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).|
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|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).|
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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.
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
About the test
Source: Office of the State Superintendent of Education