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Thurgood Marshall Academy named Tier 1 School Each Year Since 2012

Thurgood Marshall Academy (TMA) has been named a Tier 1 school by the DC Public Charter School Board (DC PCSB), the organization that authorizes and ranks public charter schools in Washington, DC. Thurgood Marshall Academy is among a handful of public charter high schools to earn the distinction in 2017; the school has achieved Tier 1 status each year since the introduction of the rating system.

“We are extremely proud of our results. Through rigorous, data-driven instruction and an unwavering belief in each student’s ability to perform at high academic standards, our teachers help our students transform into college-ready high school graduates,” said Richard Pohlman, TMA’s Executive Director.

Each year, the DC PCSB collects data on student outcomes from each public charter school in the city for its Performance Framework (PMF). The PMF offers a comprehensive picture of our school-wide success. The PMF considers data beyond state reading and math test scores, reflecting our students’ academic growth, college entry metrics, graduation, college acceptance rates, daily attendance, and re-enrollment rates. Based on these outcomes, the school earned the DC PCSB’s Tier 1 status.

Thurgood Marshall Academy demonstrates that academic achievement and college access are possible for all students, regardless of their family income status, race or community. Like the PMF, the school does not measure its success through a single statistic. Its leadership looks at an abundance of data to see how programs support student growth and college and career readiness across all grade levels.

Thurgood Marshall Academy students, 100% of whom are minority and qualify for federal free and reduced price meals, defy the odds for youth from Ward 8 – home to the majority of students. Most of the school’s ninth-graders arrive two to five years behind grade level in math and reading. In April 2017, TMA’s tenth-graders took the PARCC exam and outperformed their peers across all subgroups; most notably, twice as many students designated as At-Risk earned a 4+.

To see the full PMF ratings and quality schools report, please visit the DC Public Charter Board site: https://goo.gl/HRJE74