D.C. schools make biggest test improvements since 2008

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Students enrolled in D.C. Public Schools during the 2012-13 academic year improved their math proficiency by 3.6 percent and reading proficiency by 3.9 percent over the previous school year on the District of Columbia Comprehensive Assessment System, marking the biggest year-over-year gains in several years.

"We're beginning to see the systematic changes that we've all worked hard for, and hoped for, for so many years," Mayor Vince Gray said in announcing the test scores today, adding in a fist pump.

The District's public education policies have come under greater review in recent months as Councilmember David Catania, who chairs the D.C. Council's Education Committee, has said that test scores have flattened in recent academic years. Last month, Catania introduced legislation to overhaul the school system, including annual standardized tests.

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