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Cesar Chavez Public Charter School was one of the of the high schools which posted the highest gains, in both math and reading.
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Cesar Chavez Public Charter School was one of the of the high schools which posted the highest gains, in both math and reading.

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.

The charter school board then takes all that information and ranks them. It's a way to make it easier for parents to decide which charter school to choose.

Twenty-three schools got a Tier 1 ranking, meaning they scored at or above 65 percent. Achievement Prep in Ward 8 is the highest-ranked charter school in the District with 86 percent. Washington Latin Public charter school had the highest re-enrollment rates and the highest graduation rates.

"The Performance Management Framework that has been put together by the D.C. Public Charter School Board is a tremendous quality assurance tool and feedback tool," said Mayor Vincent C. Gray. "We want to see every one of our schools reach the highest level of quality."

Almost 40 schools got a Tier 2 ranking and eight schools were in the Tier 3 or lowest category.

Schools that are ranked Tier 3 may be closed down after a few years if they don't improve.

Highest Median Growth Percentile in Reading
High Schools Elementary/Middle Schools
Thurgood Marshall Academy PCS 74.1% KIPP DC - Promise Academy PCS 74.0%
National Collegiate Preparatory Public Charter High School 63.3% KIPP DC – KEY Academy PCS 70.2%
César Chávez PCS for Public Policy – Parkside High School 61.7% DC Bilingual PCS 65.3%

Highest Median Growth Percentile in Math 
High Schools Elementary/Middle Schools
Thurgood Marshall Academy PCS 85.1% KIPP DC - Promise Academy PCS 78.5%
Washington Latin PCS – Upper School 67.0% KIPP DC – AIM Academy PCS 77.5%
César Chávez PCS for Public Policy – Capitol Hill 66.4% Center City PCS – Brightwood 75.5%
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