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IDEA Celebrates Achievement with Mayor Gray, Education Leaders

Mayor Gray eventOn December 16, Mayor Vincent C. Gray, Deputy Mayor for Education Abigail Smith, DC Public Charter School Board Executive Director Scott Pearson, and other education leaders and supporters in DC gathered to help IDEA celebrate our extraordinary student achievement over the past three years, creating a culture of success from a school once on the brink of closure.

“It’s a new day for IDEA,” said Pearson, who called IDEA teachers “masters of their craft.” Mayor Gray said IDEA’s transformation was “remarkable” and he was proud to be able to release the school from probationary status one year early because of IDEA’s rapid success meeting growth benchmarks.

A highlight of the celebration was four student speakers who shared what IDEA’s turnaround has meant for them and what they aspire to do after graduation. Hearing from a future family lawyer, veterinarian, entomologist, and architect inspired Deputy Mayor for Education Smith to say that she felt hopeful about the future.

IDEA’s 2013-2014 achievements include:

  • Named a Reward school by the DC Office of State Superintendent of Education, a designation given to schools “with the highest overall achievement and growth.” IDEA received Reward status for the second consecutive year for students’ academic growth in the top 5% of all DC schools.
  • Overall rating from DC Public Charter School Board on the annual Performance Management Framework increased by 10 percentage points.
  • Achievement on the DC-CAS math test increased by 29 percentage points, the greatest student gain of any DC high school in 2013-2014.
  • Achievement by seniors on the SAT test improved by 17 percentage points.
  • At our current rate of performance, IDEA is positioned to become a Tier I school, the highest classification of DC public charter schools, by 2017.

Click here to download the full report on IDEA from the DC Public Charter School Board.

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