District’s Charter Schools Show Gains Among Urban Districts on Nation’s Report Card
For the fourth year in a row, the District’s fourth and eighth grade charter school students showed consistent gains in reading and math on a rigorous test known as the Trial Urban District Assessment (TUDA). Last month, the Mayor and Secretary Duncan announced the District’s record gains on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) during a press conference at Achievement Prep PCS. As part of NAEP, TUDA compares the improvement of student achievement in urban school districts. DC is one of 21 cities participating in this voluntarily assessment.
The results showed that the city’s charter schools are ahead of the citywide average in reading and math among black, Hispanic, low-income, and students with disabilities subgroups.
- Since 2009, public charter schools have shown consistent overall gains in all tested subject areas and grade levels.
- Public charter schools have also shown consistent gains among blacks, Hispanics, students eligible for free and reduced meals, and students with disabilities.
- In both reading and math, public charter schools outperformed the DC average among blacks, students eligible for free and reduced meals, and students with disabilities.
In comparison to the other large urban school districts that took part in the Trial Urban District Assessment, the District’s scores show it’s gaining ground in closing the achievement gap and ensuring a high-quality education is available to every child.