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Posted at 04:04 PM ET, 01/09/2012

New D.C. school scorecards due out Tuesday

DCPS is scheduled to go on line with its new school scorecards Tuesday afternoon, providing parents with what it calls “unprecedented transparency and information.” The format is similar to the new performance reporting system introduced late last year by the D.C. Public Charter School Board, designed to give families a window into schools that goes beyond annual test scores and extracurricular activities. Like the charter version, the DCPS scorecards will for the first time offer data on test score growth.

If a draft that circulated last fall remains intact, DCPS will delve a bit deeper than charters, with information on long-term suspensions, expulsions and retention of effective and highly effective teachers as determined by IMPACT. There is also a “school safety” section, although it is based not on crime statistics but on parent and staff perceptions drawn from surveys conducted every two years.

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