District of Columbia Public Charter School Board

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The District of Columbia Public Charter School Board (PCSB) was created in 1996 by an amendment to the DC School Reform Act of 1995 as a second, independent authorizer of public charter schools in Washington, DC In 2006, the DC Board of Education (BOE), which had served as the first charter authorizer since 1996, voted to relinquish its authorizing responsibilities.

The DC Council passed legislation in 2007 to give the DC Mayor direct authority over the traditional public school system, and to transfer the oversight responsibility for the charter schools previously authorized by the BOE to PCSB. The PCSB became the sole authorizer of charter schools in the District of Columbia. PCSB regularly evaluates DC public charter schools for academic results, compliance with applicable local and federal laws and fiscal management, and holds them accountable for results. PCSB can close charter schools that fail to meet the goals established in the charter agreement between the PCSB and the school.

Today, PCSB is setting a national model for creating quality public school options through its rigorous review of new charter applications and effective oversight of charter school performance that is leading the transformation of public education in Washington, DC. PCSB currently oversees 60 public charter schools on 109 campuses serving more than 36,000 students living in every ward of the city.

Performance Management Framework[edit]

The performance management framework (PMF) evaluates charter school performance, based on common measures across all schools. These measures include student achievement as well as student growth performance measures, indicators of readiness for high school and college, and mission-specific measures at each school. PCSB is planning for a November release of the 2014 PMF.

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