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Charting the D.C. School Test Scores

The rise in test scores for elementary and high schools has rightly been big news this week. Click here to compare your school's 2007 and 2008 performance.

By Marcia Davis  |  July 10, 2008; 5:43 PM ET
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I think someone definitely needs to look at Sharpe Health School and Mamie D. Lee Elementary. You don't go from being a failing school one year to having test scores higher than Janney the next year. Who do they think they are fooling? Cheating almost certainly happened at these sites.

Posted by: dcteacherchic | July 10, 2008 9:00 PM | Report abuse

Hearst Elementary is missing from this list.

Posted by: DC | July 10, 2008 9:06 PM | Report abuse

I think Rhee has done some marvelous work. The proof is in the scores.Rhee's academic push has obviously helped schools like Sharpe and Mamie D. Lee. She should teach all of the kids in DC herself, she's just that good!!!

Posted by: Lola | July 10, 2008 10:03 PM | Report abuse

Test scores will definitely rise if you teach to the test, something that teachers ended up having to do. Teaching to the test does not mean that students are learning, rather they have learned how to "crack the test" using strategies. This is similar to the test preps that we used to do well on the SAT, ACT, GRE, etc. We didn't learn new content, but rather how to take the test so that we would score better. When will our children actually have time to learn to read, write, and do mathematics if this is the push?

Posted by: Loveourkids | July 11, 2008 12:02 AM | Report abuse

I wonder why this blog is being hidden. This is positive news about DCPS. It should be on the front page.

Posted by: Lola | July 11, 2008 4:54 AM | Report abuse

I attribute a portion of the gains to Chancellor Rhee's overreaching vision of "all children can learn at high levels." A significant amount of those gains can also be correlated to the Mayor's Blitz at the beginning of the 2007-2008 school year. Children learn when their environments are conducive to learning; lets face it, most of those buildings were dilapidated. On that same note, people--particularly the education sector--are taking notes: the Mayor and Chancellor are rapidly removing a culture of mediocrity in DC that has harvested for the past 40 years. I don't agree with all of her initiatives, but she's definitely doing a good job at cleaning things up; she's setting a tone of, "make sure the kids learn or find somewhere else to work."

Posted by: Rasheeedj | July 11, 2008 9:23 AM | Report abuse

Hearst had fewer than 25 students tested. The report on all DCPS schools used for this list and this story omitted results for any group under 25, so they were not included. You can see the full report on the 23 students from Hearst at the OSSE site on NCLB results.

Posted by: Dan Keating | July 11, 2008 1:54 PM | Report abuse

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