Thurgood Marshall Academy named Tier 1 School
School consistently earned top-rated distinction each year since 2012
WASHINGTON — For the eighth consecutive year, Thurgood Marshall Academy Public Charter High School (TMA) earned a Tier 1 status 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 2019; the school has achieved Tier 1 status each year since the introduction of the rating system.
“Earning a Tier 1 status is a reflection of the work with every student, from our Summer Prep program for incoming 9th graders, to the day we help many of our graduates move into their dorms as college freshmen,” said Raymond Weeden, TMA’s Executive Director. “For almost 20 years our school has proved all students will achieve at high levels when we provide the resources to succeed. Our community, students, family, and team are extremely proud of these results, and more importantly, that we are able to maintain high academic standards with robust support to allow each student to be college-ready high school graduates.”
Each year, the DC PCSB collects data on student outcomes for its Performance Framework (PMF). The PMF offers a comprehensive picture of school-wide success, using data beyond PARCC reading and math test scores to reflect 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% students of color and most of whom qualify for federal free and reduced-price meals, defy the odds for youth from Ward 8 – home to the majority of its students. Most of the school’s ninth-graders arrive two to five years behind grade level in math and reading. In April 2019, TMA’s tenth-graders took the PARCC exam and outpaced the city-wide average by 12 percentage points in English Language Arts (ELA) and 8 points in Geometry. In addition, twice the percentage of students in our at-risk population met or exceeded college ready expectations in ELA compared to similar students across DC.
To see the full PMF ratings and quality schools report, please visit the DC Public Charter Board site: https://dcpcsb.org/thurgood-marshall-academy-pcs