Accepting Accountability

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Accepting Accountability

It is always disappointing when charter schools that are not meeting their performance expectations fight efforts to hold them accountable. We shouldn’t forget, though, that some charter schools will live up to their promises and accept accountability for their performance. The Washington Examiner reports:

Septima Clark

“The District’s only all-boys public school plans to close at the end of the school year, sparking concerns among parents about what will become of the school’s 230 students.

The decision to close Septima Clark stems from the school’s poor academic performance, said school board Chairman James Costan.

When the school began considering a change in April, it was in the bottom tier of public charter schools following low scores on the District’s standardized tests. Although the school was upgraded to Tier 2 in October — earning recognition from the Office of the State Superintendent for Education for the greatest improvement of any charter school in a single year — the performance was still not where the school’s leaders wanted it to be.”


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