The D.C. Public Charter School Board released charter-school ratings Wednesday that aim to provide a way to assess and compare education choices across the city.
This is just the second year for the rating system, which scores schools on a 100-point scale. The schools are sorted into high, low and middling performers, based on their students’ progress and achievement on standardized tests, graduation rates and other measures.
Although some schools earned higher or lower ratings than last year, the majority did not change.
Of the 64 campuses assigned ratings, 20 were “Tier 1” high performers, making them eligible for rewards that include priority in competitions for surplus city school buildings and a streamlined process for expanding enrollment.
More than half of the rated charter school campuses — 35 — are rated Tier 2.
“The $10,000 question is how do we help those schools move forward and get better,” said Darren Woodruff, a member of the charter board. “That’s going to be the work this year.”