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DC Teachers Standing in the Gap | The Uptake

February 24, 2020
  • D.C. Policy Center

On February 24, 2020, the D.C. Policy Center’s report, 2018-2019 State of D.C. Schools, was cited by The Uptake:

Specifically, in Washington, D.C this divide has presented itself in males of color. In 2015 Black and Hispanic boys made up 43% of the student enrollment, yet their test scores and graduation rates continually trailed in performance. With this data, Former D.C. Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson and Mayor Muriel Bowser put in place a $20 million budget for support programs to counter the gap. Yet, from 2015 to 2019 the overall performance growth of the public school system has been questionable. The D.C. Policy Center reports between the school year of 2014-2015 and 2018-2019 the gap has closed by only 5% in English Language Arts for Black students compared to white students and has widened by 5% in Math. Overall, the policy center reports “achievement gaps persist of at least 48 percentage points between the highest-scoring group (white students) and other groups on the PARCC state assessment.”

Read more: DC Teachers Standing in the Gap | The Uptake

Related: 2018-19 State of D.C. Schools | D.C. Policy Center


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