May 09, 2011

DCPS Begins 2011-2012 Federally Mandated School Improvement  


Contact: Safiya Simmons | (202) 724-6689

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District of Columbia Public Schools’ (DCPS) mission is to ensure that every student attends a great school, and that every school meets high standards in all areas that affect student achievement.  When schools consistently underperform over a period of time DCPS is required by federal law to take drastic action to improve the schools.  Every year DCPS evaluates a range of school improvement options as defined by No Child Left Behind.  This year, to meet the federal requirements, DCPS will reconstitute five schools.   


Reconstitution requires most staff and teachers to reapply for their current positions through an interview process with the school administration.  As part of the U.S. Department of Education's tiered intervention approach, reconstitution allows strong school leaders to choose staff members who are committed to the academic initiatives and priorities of the school and who are both highly qualified and effective. 

 Students benefit immensely when every classroom has an excellent teacher, and schools function better when their instructional staff is fully invested in the principal’s academic vision.  

DCPS Chancellor Kaya Henderson said, “At DCPS we know that all children can achieve at high levels. Reconstitution is one of the tools offered by the federal government to equip schools with the necessary composition to meet high standards and to prioritize student achievement.  

We know this is a dramatic change, and we are committed to making it a smooth transition for everyone by providing students, parents and school staff with all of the information that they need to feel confident in the process."



Amidon-Bowen Elementary School

C.W. Harris  Elementary School

Eastern  Senior High School

Johnson  Middle School

Kramer Middle School



One of the most important pieces of reconstitution is that it provides faculty and staff with options.  DCPS Office of Human Resources will provide all staff with vacancy lists, transfer fairs, the assistance of staffing specialists and other supports. 

The reconstitution will be effective after the last day of school.  These changes will not affect the rest of the current school year.  DCPS will issue a Connect ED, an automated call system, this evening to notify parents at all five schools via phone, and a letter will go home with students tomorrow.   

DCPS will hold the first transfer fair on Wednesday, May 11, from 4 to 7 pm at School Without Walls SHS (2130 G Street NW).

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