District of Columbia students continued to demonstrate moderate growth on the 2014 DC CAS. According to DCPS "students reached all-time highs in the percentage of students proficient in math and English Language Arts (ELA)"-a groundbreaking trend for DCPS. In math, 51.1 percent of students were proficient, up 1.6 percentage points from the previous year and 22.6 percentage points from 2007. In reading, 47.7 percent of students were proficient, up 0.3 percentage points from 2013 and 13 percentage points from 2007.
According to DCPS "the greatest gains of any tested grade were at the high school level where students showed 4.2 percentage point growth in math and a 4.2 point percentage growth in reading." Almost all of the tested high school students made improvements in one of the testing subject areas. Students in the tenth grade made some of the greatest contributions to the test scores with a growing 4.1 percentage points in both math and reading.
Some might say that this success has come at a perfect time for a school system that is scrutinized daily by others while others may need to see a more accelerated growth pattern within DCPS. Beginning 2014-2015 school year, DCPS students will have a new and more challenging endeavor to face, PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers), a new assessment aligned to the Common Core State Standards, which DCPS implemented in the 2011-2012 school year.
PARCC is a group of states working together to develop a set of assessments that measure whether students are on track to be successful in college and their careers. These high quality, computer-based K–12 assessments in Mathematics and English Language Arts/Literacy give teachers, schools, students, and parents better information whether students are on track in their learning and for success after high school, and tools to help teachers customize learning to meet student needs.
A lot of questions have been raised about the possible outcomes of this assessment, but only time will tell.
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