IMPACT

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 students show modest gains on CAS tests

On Friday, in a room full of members of the education community, press and students of the Hospitality High School, the results of the District of Columbia Comprehensive Assessment System (DC CAS) were announced. The anticipation was thick, with reporters jostling to get their questions answered. DCPS teachers will be evaluated in part based on how their students scored. I...