New NAEP Scores Show DC Public Charter School Students Continue to Make Gains

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Washington, DC –- DC Public Charter School Board Executive Director Scott Pearson released the following statement about the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), the Nation's Report Card, today:

“In DC’s public charter schools, NAEP shows six years of steady improvement, which is good news for District students and families. We've cut the distance between DC and the rest of the nation's performance in half since 2009. We have every expectation that trend will continue."

The test examines a sample of students in grades 4 and 8 on reading and math every two years.  Here’s a look at DC Public Charter School results:

  • 4th Grade Reading: The average scale score in public charter schools increased from 205 in 2013 to 209 in 2015. Students with disabilities, eligible for free and reduced lunch, Hispanics and African American students scored above the district average for their subgroup.
  • 4th Grade Math: Students with disabilities, eligible for free and reduced lunch, and African American students outperformed the state average for their subgroup.
  • 8th Grade Reading: Scores continue to outpace the District averages from 2013 to 2015 for all subgroups not including students eligible for free and reduced lunch. Hispanic students saw the largest gains from 2013 to 2015, increasing by 6 points.
  • 8th Grade Math: Overall scores continue to exceed the District average of 263. Students eligible for free and reduced lunch, Hispanic, and African American students and performed at or above the state average on the assessment.