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Kavitha Cardoza

Special Correspondent

Cardoza reports on area news, with a special focus on children, education and poverty.

Cardoza has won numerous awards for her work. In 2012 she received the regional Edward R. Murrow Award for Hard News. That same year, her five-part series on childhood obesity won first place in the Series category in the National Awards for Education Reporting and recognition from the Chesapeake Associated Press Broadcasters Association.

Cardoza joined the station in 2008, and was previously the Springfield bureau chief for WUIS in Illinois. She was also an adjunct faculty member for the university’s Department of Communication.

She holds graduate degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign and the Manipal Institute of Communication in India.


Articles Written by Kavitha Cardoza

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Crack: The Drug That Consumed D.C. Monday: Crack’s Rapid Rise Brought Chaos To The District Tuesday: D.C. Crack Users Were In the Streets – And City Hal...
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The head of D.C.'s traditional public school system, Chancellor Kaya Henderson, says she wants to look into whether the standardized tests students take are worth their time. Henderson began an email to DCPS parents last week by saying, "I sometimes, like many of you, worry that my kids spend too much time on testing." She says students in DCPS take several assessments th...
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Education reporter Kavitha Cardoza meets plenty of kids who are struggling in school. But she also runs into truly remarkable students who seem destined to succeed, against all odds. They are seniors, academic stars on their way to college, often with a full scholarship. Today we hear about one such student from Phelps High School in southeast D.C., a student who was shot in the leg ...
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The District of Columbia's chief financial officer says a proposed college scholarship program for city high school students would cost $95 million over four years. The bill, which was approved by a D.C. Council committee on Wednesday, would provide students with up to $60,000 to attend college. Families with incomes of up to $215,000 would be eligible for some money under t...
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A new report on D.C.’s traditional and charter public schools offers an “apples to apples” comparison on how both systems are educating students for the first time. It looks at several measures including how students do on tests, how many attend classes and expuls...
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For the first time in D.C., parents can compare traditional and charter public schools on a variety of measures including how students do on tests, how many attend classes and what the suspension and expulsion rates are. The nearly 800-page Equity Report uses the same metrics for traditional and charter schools so its an apples-to-apples comparison. And Scott Pearson, who hea...
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D.C. is the only jurisdiction in the country that conducts standardized tests for its students in health and sex education. But now some advocates are pushing for more transparency in exactly what is being tested. The test covers a range of health topics including nutrition, sexuality and disease prevention. This year, more than 11,000 fifth- and eighth-grade students from t...
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Shaw Middle School at Garnett-Patterson is located at 10th and V Streets, NW. DCPS created this school in 2008 by merging two struggling middle school programs, and hired a man named Brian Betts to become the school's new principal. Under him, Shaw Middle became a symbol of the promise of education reform — a place that challenged conventional wisdom about urban schools, ...
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D.C. Appleseed, a public policy organization, released its eighth annual "HIV/AIDS in the Nation's Capital Report Card" on Wednesday. The report praised D.C.'s traditional public schools for their efforts to bolster sexual health education even as it criticized public charter schools for their lack of progress. D.C.'s...
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The public policy organization DC Appleseed released its eighth annual HIV/AIDS Report Card on Wednesday. Even though the District was scored mostly in the A and B range, many areas were downgraded since last year and many saw no improvement. In 2009, almost 3 percent of District residents had ...
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The District's public school system is celebrating the results of a national test that shows significant improvement in student's math and reading scores. And the heads of both systems — traditional and charter — attribute different reasons for this success. District students showed an improvement of five to seven points in math and reading, far higher than the national ...
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The D.C. public charter school board has released its 2013 ranking of charter schools called the Performance Management Framework. Since 2011, charter schools are monitored based on a variety of factors, including test scores, student progress, re-enrollment and attendance. For charter high schools, additional factors include graduation and college acceptance rates. T...
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The National Assessment of Educational Progress, known as The Nation's Report Card, finds that D.C. students show more growth than any state — but they also have the furthest to go. The U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan calls the improvement in NAEP scores for 4th and 8th grade...
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A test commonly referred to as The Nation’s Report Card finds D.C. students — from both traditional and charter schools — have shown the most improvement in reading and math compared to other states. The National Assessment of Educational Progress or NAEP tests the abilities of 4th and 8th graders across the country. On a 500 point scale, D.C. 4th graders gained five po...
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When thirteen traditional public schools were closed at the end of the last academic year because they were under-enrolled, it meant approximately 2,000 students had to find a different school. According to the latest unaudited numbers, most of them remained in DCPS. DCPS says the latest numbers show most of those students —73 percent — have re-enrolled in another DCPS s...
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The District is looking to revise school boundaries and feeder patterns, a process that's likely to stir controversy. Abigail Smith, the Deputy Mayor for Education has begun a roughly year-long process that will determine which students can attend which traditional public schools. This will likely be a contentious issue because if boundaries change, many people wor...
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D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson’s speech on Thursday night was billed as the State of D.C. Public Schools, but instead she focused on the future of the city's traditional public schools. "Close your eyes and imagine with me a very different DCPS," Henderson asked the audience during her speech, telling them what she thinks is needed to create the successful p...
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Student enrollment in D.C.'s public schools has increased this year, according to preliminary, unaudited data released today. Enrollment in the traditional and charter school system increased by almost four percent this academic year compared to last year. The unaudited results show an overall increase of approximately 3,100 students, pushing total District-wide student enr...
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Kari Brandt, Teresa Biagioni and Sydney Moreau answer between 30 and 300 calls a day. That's different from just a few years ago, when Brandt says if you had a question about the school system "you would have gotten a never ending phone ring." It seems as if everyone has something to say about D.C. Public Schools. All those opinions — along with lots of questions and critiqu...