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A new tool is available on the DCPS website that allows prospective and current parents to track school performance, demographics, and extracurricular offerings. Users can also compare schools and learn how many out-of-boundary students each school accepts. Explore the new tool here.


Adrian Fenty and Michelle Rhee: We Fought for D.C. Schools. Now It’s Up to You.

In a Washington Post Op-Ed the outgoing Mayor and Chancellor discuss what they have accomplished, how they steeled themselves to make tough decisions in spite of criticism, and why their successors will be able to continue reforms while securing more community buy-in:


Interim Chancellor Will Be a Strong Voice for Reform

DC School Reform Now thanks outgoing Chancellor Michelle Rhee for her tremendously hard work over the past three and a half years. Her tenure at DCPS was not only the longest in recent memory. It was also the most progressive.


After a Hard Fought Campaign, We Are Confident Reform Will Continue

DC School Reform Now congratulates D.C. Council Chairman Vince Gray on his convincing win in the Democratic primary this past Tuesday.

We look forward to the new opportunities a Gray administration offers for cultivating parent and community champions for school reform and supporting parents to help them expertly navigate the school system.


David Pickens Joins Us from Chicago Public Schools

DC School Reform Now is proud to announce that we have hired a new Executive Director, David Pickens. David comes to us from Chicago Public Schools where he most recently was Chief of Staff to the Chicago Board of Education. Prior to that, he was the Deputy to the CEO where his primary function was to serve as Senior Advisor and system-wide manager to then-CEO Arne Duncan. David has also served as a teacher and school administrator in Chicago.


Parents Have a Right to Know If Their Children’s Teachers Are Highly Effective

In a speech in Little Rock on Wednesday, Secretary Duncan called for greater transparency of teacher value-add measures and evaluation metrics, arguing that such information benefits parents, students and teachers. Ed Week offers a useful analysis of his remarks:


This week, schools across the District opened on schedule, with students ready to learn in safe, clean, and well-stocked classrooms. The many improvements to public school buildings and the organized, hassle-free first day is a credit to DCPS principals and administrators. The Washington Post covered the first day of school this Monday:

“Summer vacation ended Monday morning for hundreds of thousands of students in the Washington region, and early reports indicated few problems…”


Efforts to revamp schools by Maryland, D.C. result in $325 million

The Washington Post’s Nick Anderson reports on the exciting news that D.C. is one of ten winners in the U.S. Department of Education’s Race to the Top competition. The District’s groundbreaking teacher’s contract, innovative IMPACT evaluation system, improvements to infrastructure and building quality, and excellent charter schools have secured $75 million for education reform:


Who’s Teaching L.A.’s Kids?

The Los Angeles Unified School District has spent years ignoring the implications of value-added data for measuring teacher effectiveness. Now, they may no longer be able to do so, as the L.A. Times has obtained the scores of 6,000 teachers and plans to publish a database ranking each teacher’s effectiveness. The paper has released the first in a series of stories examining the enormous impact high-quality teachers can have on children from all backgrounds.

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