Standardized testing scores in D.C. improve

Meghin Moore, special to

WASHINGTON – Standardized testing scores in math and reading have improved in the District by 26 percent over the last six years.

In 2006, 21 percent of the District’s public school students were proficient in reading and math. The current figure stands at 47.4 percent, the highest average score ever for the schools.

Ten schools in the District scored over 90 percent on the tests.

“Not only have we seen gains, we’ve seen a foundation that’s being laid for the future,” D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray says.

Higher scores for fourth-graders have been a positive indication that a District- wide pre-kindergarten program has been working, the mayor says.

“It’s created a culture of positive expectation, and we haven’t had that in the distant past,” Grau says.

To check individual school scores, visit the Office of the State Superintendent’s website.

WTOP’s Hank Silverberg contributed to this report. Follow Hank and WTOP on Twitter.

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