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DC Public Schools Release 2017 PARCC Scores, Showing Significant Gains Across all Grade Levels and Student Groups

Thursday, August 17, 2017

DC Public Schools Release 2017 PARCC Scores, Showing Significant Gains Across all Grade Levels and Student Groups

(Washington, DC) – New PARCC results released today show that DC Public Schools made record gains in the last year, increasing by 6.4 percentage points in English language arts and 3.5 percentage points in math in 2017. Thirty-two percent of DC Public Schools (DCPS) students met or exceeded expectations on the grades 3-8 and high school English language arts (ELA) assessments, while 27 percent met or exceeded expectations on the grades 3-8 and high school math assessments.

Overall PARCC Proficiency

“I’m thrilled to say that DCPS students made unprecedented progress on the PARCC,” said DC Public Schools Chancellor Antwan Wilson. “This improvement is a clear sign of student learning, our commitment to our young people, and our investment in the programs and curriculum that support the work. We’re committed to continuing to work hard to ensure our schools serve every student in every part of the city well.”

Students at every grade level made gains on the 2017 PARCC assessment, including strong gains among middle grades in both ELA and math. Students also saw gains by race, economic status, special education status, and English learning status:

  • Black students saw a 5 percentage point increase in ELA and a 2 percentage point increase in math;
  • Hispanic students saw a 6 percentage point increase in ELA and a 5 percentage point increase in math;
  • English learners saw an increase of 3.8 percentage point in ELA and 3.6 percentage point in math;
  • Special education students saw an increase of 2.2 percentage point in ELA and 1.4 percentage point in math; and
  • Economically disadvantaged students saw a 5.2 percentage point increase in ELA and a 3.2 percentage point increase in math.

DCPS reduced the percentage of students scoring at Level 1 or Level 2 significantly in ELA and math by 7 percent and 4 percent, respectively.

Graph detailing DCPS ELA Proficiency (%L$ + L5) by Student Subgroup

DCPS Math PARCC Proficiency (%L4 + L5) by Student Subgroup

Many DC Public Schools made significant gains in both ELA and math. Forty-four DCPS schools experienced a 2 percentage point increase or more in both ELA and math.

  • Garfield Elementary School (Ward 8), saw an 8 percentage point increase in ELA and a 9 percentage point increase in math;
  • Aiton Elementary School Ward 7), saw a 6.9 percentage point increase in ELA and a 4.8 percentage point increase in math;
  • Phelps ACE High School (Ward 5), saw a 10 percentage point increase in ELA and an 8 percentage point increase in math;
  • School Without Walls @ Francis-Stevens (Ward 2), saw a 17 percentage point increase in ELA and an 11 percentage point increase in math;
  • Stuart-Hobson Middle School (Ward 6), saw a 15 percentage point increase in ELA and a 6 percentage point increase in math;
  • Watkins Elementary School (Ward 6), saw a 12 percentage point increase in ELA and a 9 percentage point increase in math;
  • Whittier Education Campus (Ward 4), saw a 13 percentage point increase in ELA and a 14 percentage point increase in math; and
  • Wilson High School (Ward 3), saw a 33 percentage point increase in ELA and a 3 percentage point increase in math.

“When you believe that every child can be successful in school, and when you approach each day with that vision, you will see gains for students,” said Elena Bell, Principal of Watkins Elementary School. “I’m thrilled with our progress, but we still have more work to do so that every student is truly prepared.”

Schools that made gains of two percent or more in both subjects

Schools that made gains in both subjects

DCPS will continue critical investments to schools that lead to PARCC gains, including Common Core-aligned curriculum designed by teachers, weekly teacher professional development led by schools with LEAP, and access to AP courses. Starting in School Year 2017-2018, DCPS will:

  • Increase STEM courses and extracurricular offerings in middle schools, a change that will ensure every middle school student in DCPS has the option to participate in at least one extracurricular program;
  • Expand college and career support, ensuring more 10th, 11th and 12th grade students receive a tailored postsecondary plan for college or career;
  • Expand support for overage, undercredited students in Opportunity Academies by creating an Opportunity Academy for 8th grade for students who need academic and social emotional support to be successful in high school, create extended-year calendars at Roosevelt STAY and Luke C. Moore, and implement Summit Personalized Learning in all core subjects; and
  • Support young women of color to build community, confidence, and leadership skills inside and outside of schools through Reign: Empowering Young Women as Leaders.

View the 2017 PARCC scores for all schools.

View the 2016 PARCC scores for all schools.

View the 2015 PARCC scores for grades 3-8 and high schools.

This release has been updated to reflect a change in the number of economically disadvantaged students who saw an increase in PARCC scores.