WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

DCPS Boasts Largest Test Score Gains, But Still Towards The Back Of Pack

DCPS scores are improving faster than elsewhere, but also have further to go.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/xtrah/4853491803/
DCPS scores are improving faster than elsewhere, but also have further to go.

National test results show D.C. outpaced every other urban school district in the country for math and reading gains.

Known as the Trial Urban District Assessments, the federal study looked at math and reading scores from 21 big cities around the country.

D.C. was the only urban school system that showed statistical growth in all the tested areas: fourth grade math and reading and eight-grade math and reading.

In a statement, Mayor Vincent Gray said the test results show DCPS is on the right track.

"We are very proud of our students and our teachers, and these results are another reason why we need to stay the course and double down on what’s working for our students," Gray said.

But while D.C. may have had largest gains, the city is still in the back of the pack overall, posting below-average tests scores for compared to other large cities in the study.

The District also has the largest gap in achievement between white students and black students.

"We still have a long way to go, but our students are growing, our teachers are excelling and we are ecstatic about today’s results," said Chancellor Kaya Henderson. "I firmly believe that we are making these important strides because of our commitment to support our teachers and raise the bar for our students."

DCPS 2013 TUDA Results

NPR

The New Science Behind Our 'Unfair' Criminal Justice System

"Good people with the best of intentions ... can get things terribly, terribly wrong," says legal scholar Adam Benforado. His book, Unfair, explores the intrinsic flaws of the American justice system.
NPR

Mechanization Brings Quick Change To Borneo Region Known For 'Slow Rice'

A company is introducing mechanized rice farming to the interior of Malaysian Borneo for the first time. Scientists say the change may damage the bonds between the local people and their environment.
NPR

Donald Trump, 'Wrestling A Pig,' And The GOP's Struggle To Reform

The last thing the GOP wants is to be seen as an anti-immigrant, anti-gay and anti-science. The party has vowed to reform since President Obama's re-election, but change is proving hard.
NPR

A Hacker Is Hacked: Controversial Italian Cyber Espionage Company Is Targeted

Hacking Team's spyware has been detected in many countries with repressive regimes. The company has never revealed its client list, but a hack has made thousands of documents public.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.