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DCPS at a Glance: Performance

National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) Trial Urban District Assessment (TUDA)

The NAEP TUDA allows comparisons of student performance across urban school districts in large cities. Overall, DCPS’ performance in reading and math held steady from 2015 to 2017. DCPS students grew by one point in 8th grade reading and four points in 8th grade math over the 2015 test, which was not statistically significant. DCPS students also saw a slight decrease of one point in 4th grade reading and math, which also was not statistically significant.

DCPS has seen continuous improvement over the course of the last nine years. Since 2009—the first year TUDA began reporting on DCPS—DCPS students have grown by 10 points in 4th grade reading and 11 points in 4th grade math. Over that same period, DCPS 8th graders have grown by six points in reading and 11 points in math.

Since 2009, the performance of students receiving special education services has substantially increased in both subject areas and grade levels, increasing nearly 30 points in 4th grade reading. DCPS has also seen steady gains in performance over time with Black students across in both subject areas and grade levels. DCPS has also seen steady growth for students who qualify for free and reduced-price lunch, growing 8 points in 4th grade reading, 9 points in 4th grade math, and 4 points in 8th grade math.

DCPS students also saw a slight decrease of one point in 4th grade reading and math, which also was not statistically significant.

DCPS students grew by one point in 8th grade reading and four points in 8th grade math over the 2015 test, which was not statistically significant.

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