City officials were in full celebration mode Monday morning as they announced the 2018-19 school year PARCC test results for the District of Columbia. PARCC stands for Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers. It is the standardized test that the city currently uses to measure our schools’ progress. It has five performance levels, with a Level 4 or 5 score indicating that the student is on track to be prepared for college and career pathways after high school.
Mayor Bowser, Councilmember Brandon Todd, Chancellor Dr. Lewis Ferebee and DC Public Charter School Board Executive Director Scott Pearson were all at a press conference held at Whittier Education Campus.
Mayor Bowser kicked off the session with this message:
“We all acknowledge that PARCC is but one assessment of how we measure the progress of our students. While we know that test scores are not everything, we also believe that data provides an important insight into where we’re making progress and where we need to continue to focus. I am pleased to report that this year’s results show that our students continue to make improvements across grade levels at both DC Public Schools and DC Public Charter Schools for the fourth year in a row.”
As a special surprise, Mayor Bowser revealed that Whittier Education Campus, where the press conference was held, score double-digits gains in both math and reading over the previous year, increasing 17 % in English Language Arts and 11% in math. The impressive gains extended to various subgroups such as African-Americans, Latinos and students with disabilities.
Councilmember Todd made a point of thanking the Whittier EC teachers who were assembled to hear the good news. He said, “I’m really thrilled on behalf of the residents of Ward 4 and all of our public schools, including Public Charter Schools and our traditional schools, at the gains we are seeing. As the mayor said, we’re making a tremendous amount of progress, but we know there is still work to be done.”
DC Public Schools Chancellor Lewis Ferebee dug into the data a bit, highlighting 19 schools that had double-digit gains in English proficiency and 16 schools with double-digit gains in math.
Finally, DC Public Charter School Executive Director Scott Pearson noted this was the 13th year in a row, if you include results from the old DC-CAS test, that DC Public Charter School students have steadily improved.
Selected Neighborhood School Results
You can find any individual school’s results at the OSSE web site. Here are the results from a selection of schools attended by students in the uptown area.
Percent of students who met or exceeded expectations for grade-level learning standards in the 2018-19 school year:
Paul PCS MS
DC International School
Washington Latin PCS Middle