DCPS

Serving Students Means Promoting Attendance Supports, Not Absenteeism Penalties

When it comes to attendance, every day counts: regular school attendance is one of the most powerful ways we can set students up for success in school and in life. [1] If you follow local DC news, you’ve likely heard discussion of attendance and related community and government officials concerns about the chronic absenteeism of DCPS’ graduating seniors. Though the...

More Children Continue to Fall Off of the Third Grade Reading Cliff

Despite Massive School Reform Efforts, More Children Continue to Fall Off of the Third Grade Reading Cliff Washington, DC – March 1, 2016 – The new report released today by DC Action for Children illustrate that third grade reading proficiency in DC has not improved since 2007 . In fact, the analysis shows that for some student subgroups, there was...

How rigid is the IMPACT bell curve?

On Friday, DCPS announced performance ratings for employees under the IMPACT evaluation system, now two years old. Most of the headlines have surrounded the firings of 413 employees (288 for poor performance), but little has been said about the distribution of those scores. We compared the ratings distribution of this year to last year, noticing something very interesting. No, look...

DCPS out-of-boundary Pre-K lottery is now open!

If you have a preschool aged-child and live in the District, note that the lottery period for DCPS Pre-K (3- and 4-year-olds) is now open. It's time to shop around and find a school that works best for you and your child. Here's more information on the lottery process: http://profiles.dcps.dc.gov/ (Looks like there may be some technical problems at the...

Monday morning coffee break

Good morning! Is it still morning? Barely. I just had my coffee--now I'm ready to blog. This weekend, volunteers and staff at DCPS fanned out across the city to reach parents of incoming preschoolers. Chancellor Rhee called for the unprecedented door-knocking campaign to reach the parents of these youngest pupils to ensure they have all their immunizations and health forms...