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July 08, 2011

Mayor Vincent C. Gray and His Education Team Announce Gains on DC-CAS Tests 

Secondary students show strong improvement; elementary scores stabilize

(Washington, DC) – Mayor Vincent C. Gray and State Superintendent of Education Hosanna Mahaley today announced gains in secondary schools on the 2011 District of Columbia Comprehensive Assessment System (DC-CAS), the District’s annual student achievement assessment.

“We have made important progress in all of our public schools since 2007, when we placed our schools under the authority of the Mayor of the District of Columbia. We have much to celebrate and even more work to do. Incremental progress is not enough,” said Mayor Gray. “We, the collective ‘we’, must ensure each student can succeed and thrive in both the national and global economies.”

Since 2007, DC-CAS scores in secondary schools have increased by 13.4 percentage points in reading and 19.9 percentage points in mathematics. Increases in the last year were 1.1 percentage points in reading and 3.3 percentage points in mathematics.

Additionally, DC-CAS scores in elementary schools stabilized in 2011 after a decline in 2010; the long-term trend for elementary schools from 2007 remains positive in both reading and mathematics.

The Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) also released Local Education Agency (LEA) results from the April 2011 administration of the DC-CAS. Mayor Gray and State Superintendent Mahaley were joined by DC Council Chairman Kwame R. Brown, Deputy Mayor for Education De’Shawn Wright, DC Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson, DC Public Charter School Board Member Dr. Darren Woodruff and State Board of Education President Ted Trabue for the announcement.

Superintendent Mahaley stated, “As our LEAs continue to implement significant reforms to ensure that all students receive a quality education, the progress indicated by these results – particularly at the secondary level – is very promising.”

School-level results, along with school and LEA determinations of Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP), will be made available in early August on OSSE’s website (osse.dc.gov) under “School Test Score Data.”

About the DC Comprehensive Assessment System
OSSE oversees the annual administration of the DC-CAS. All DC students in grades 3-8 and 10 are tested annually for school and LEA accountability and to measure student achievement. The 2011 DC-CAS was administered from April 4 to April 15. The 2011 DC-CAS results are preliminary; schools will receive access to their DC-CAS data today and have until July 22 to apply for an appeal.

There were 53 LEAs in the District of Columbia in the 2010-11 school year.

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