The Office of the State Superintendent released PARCC (the district-wide assessment) results yesterday for DC schools. We are so proud of the growth Center City students have made over the past couple of years. Center City students made larger gains in both English Language Arts (ELA) and mathematics than the District as a whole, including particularly large gains in the critical 3rd and 8th-grade years. In ELA, the percent of students meeting or exceeding standards increased by 5.8% compared to 3.8% for all DC students. In mathematics, the percent of students meeting or exceeding standards increased by 4.4% compared to 2.1% for all DC students. Finally, our English Learner and at-risk students showed exceptional improvement in both mathematics and ELA compared to their peers throughout DC.
Russ Williams, President and CEO of Center City, attributes the gains to an unyielding focus on strengthening “what we teach and how we teach it.” “Our dedicated teachers and leaders have worked hard to ensure that our students are challenged with rigorous work.” We will continue to strive to ensure that all of our students are prepared for college and career, but are excited to report that our students are growing and we look forward to building on these results.