(Washington, DC) Today, Mayor Muriel Bowser and DC Public Schools (DCPS) announced that DCPS students continued to make steady gains on the 2018 Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC).
The number of DCPS students scoring at a Level 4 or Level 5 increased by 3.2 percentage points in English language arts (ELA) and 3.1 percentage points in math in 2018, outpacing the state average. Thirty-five percent of DCPS students met or exceeded expectations on the grades 3-8 and high school ELA assessments, while 30 percent met or exceeded expectations on the grades 3-8 and high school math assessments. The 2018 PARCC scores also highlight that DCPS reduced the percentage of students scoring at Level 1 or Level 2 in ELA and math by 3.8 percentage points and 3.3 percentage points, respectively.
“I am proud of our students and the impressive progress they are making on PARCC, and I am grateful to our dedicated teachers and schools leaders for their commitment to our young people,” said Interim DC Public Schools Chancellor Amanda Alexander. “This marks the third consecutive year of DCPS growth on the PARCC, and these steady gains underscore our efforts to ensure that every student is ready for college, career, and life. We will continue to promote equity and excellence in our schools and ensure that every school guarantees students reach their full potential.”
Students at every grade level made gains on the 2018 PARCC assessment.
DCPS also saw strong gains in middle grades in both ELA and Math:
- 7th graders improved by 8.4 percentage points in ELA.
- 8th graders improved by 6.9 percentage points in Math.
Middle schools that showed significant gains in ELA and/or Math include:
- Hardy Middle School (Ward 2)
- Deal Middle School (Ward 3)
- MacFarland Middle School (Ward 4)
- Stuart-Hobson Middle School (Ward 6)
- Hart Middle School (Ward 8)
- Johnson Middle School (Ward 8)
Many DCPS schools made significant gains in both ELA and Math. Today, Interim Chancellor Alexander announced at the newly modernized Bancroft Elementary School (Ward 1) that the dual-language school saw a 7.4 percentage point increase in ELA and a 11.5 percentage point increase in Math.
“We are thrilled that our students are continuing to excel on PARCC at multiple levels,” said Bancroft Elementary School Principal Arthur Mola. “We’ll stay focused and keep providing the academic and social emotional support that our Bancroft Bengals need to be successful.”
Thirty-three DCPS schools across all 8 wards made gains of 2 percentage points or more in both ELA and Math.
DCPS will continue critical investments in 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.
DCPS is proud that students have shown progress on PARCC for three consecutive years. Scores from this year and previous years can be found here: