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Getting Candid about the School Choice Experience

DCSRN Executive Director David Pickens will be participating in the DC school choice application process this year for his own children.

Read about his own experiences securing his childrens' school assignments and how other DC families can get help finding the right options for their students in Young Education Professionals-DC's Recess blog.

Arne Duncan Says DCSRN Makes a Difference

Watch this new video to hear from Arne Duncan before he departs from office on why supporting DCSRN is so critical.

Learn how DCSRN helps fill a critical gap of needed support in the public school choice sector and watch this video to hear from a parent on how DCSRN's free services helped her access a a quality school for her child.

DCSRN's 2014-15 Annual Report details DCSRN's work supporting families in navigating the DC school choice application process, information about the DC public school choice landscape, how far DCSRN has come since the pilot campaign in 2011 and much more.

Download the report and read it today.

DCSRN recently launched two new virtual school tours! Ketchem Elementary School is a blended learning traditional school in Ward 8 and Jefferson Middle School Academy, a traditional school in Ward 6, boasts a principal with 25 years of experience.

Take tours of all 25 of DCSRN's virtual school tours and see what quality public schools look like in DC!

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What is No Child Left Behind?

The Basics:
No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) is a national law that was established in 2002. Its goal was for all students in grades 3-11 to perform on grade level in reading and math by 2014.

What it means for schools:
NCLB created new rules for schools receiving Title I money from the government. Under NCLB, Title I schools must:

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What is AYP?

The Basics:
AYP stands for Adequate Yearly Progress. AYP is the system states use to measure each school’s progress toward the goal of all students performing on grade level by 2014.

What it means for schools:
When schools fail to meet AYP they go through 3 stages: School Improvement, Corrective Action, and Restructuring.

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What is Title I?

The Basics:
Title I is a national government program that gives money to schools with a high number of low-income students.

What it means for schools:
Schools must use these funds only to help students who are failing to meet state standards. If more than 40% of a school’s students are from low-income families then the school may use the funds for school-wide programs.

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What is a charter school?

The Basics:
Charter schools are public schools that do not have to follow all of the regulations that traditional public schools do. Charter schools must report to the state or local school board every 3-5 years and show that they have made academic gains with students in order to stay open.

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