District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) officials have expressed satisfaction at recently-released test results which indicate "solid gains" in math and reading at the 7th-and 8th- grade levels. Further, math scores at the high school level have risen since 2007, and every grade has performed better in math since then.
Preliminary results of the 2011 District of Columbia Comprehensive Assessment System (CAS) show that while scores for elementary students remained unchanged, there were dramatic improvements in grades 7 and 8. Forty-nine percent of 7th- graders and 51 percent of 8th-graders scored proficiently (an increase of 4 and 8 percentage points, respectively, over 2010), said Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson.
"In 2007, our seventh-and eighth-grade students were the lowest-performing in the District. Today, seventh and eighth graders have shown they can move us forward by making steady progress in reading and climbing to the top in math proficiency," Henderson, 40, said. "We will work hard as a school district in the next school year to build on the progress we have made. We have a long way to go in reaching our goals, but our seventh and eighth graders have proven we can make steady progress."