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D.C. Schools Insider Archive: Test scores

New reading test for D.C. ninth graders

DCPS ninth graders, who don't take the DC CAS standardized tests, are getting their own new reading assessment. It's part of an effort to grow the available data on student progress and increase the number of teachers who can be evaluated based on test score growth.

By Bill Turque  | March 11, 2011; 2:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Test scores  
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What your kid needs to know for the DC CAS

Here's what school officials call the "operational blueprint" for the 2011 DC CAS, a grade-by-grade inventory of the math and reading standards that will be covered next month on the annual standardized tests. As I said in my Monday story,...

By Bill Turque  | March 8, 2011; 4:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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School reform study: Reliance on test scores 'naive'

Public Education Reform Amendment Act; D.C. school reform; National Research Council; Adrian M. Fenty; Vincent C. Gray;

By Bill Turque  | March 4, 2011; 11:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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DCPS scraps Saturday Scholars

A weekend test prep program established by former Chancellor Michelle Rhee to help raise DC CAS scores has been discontinued because of low attendance, budget pressures and "limited effectiveness." A memo to principals Thursday said that Saturday Scholars, offered between January and April for the last three years to help students prepare for the standardized tests, would not return in 2011.

By Bill Turque  | January 14, 2011; 7:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
Categories:  Michelle Rhee, Test scores  
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Celebration glosses over fine print on bonuses

My invitation to last Friday's Union Station reception for the 663 "highly effective" DCPS teachers must have gotten hung up in The Post mailroom, which happens from time to time. So I can't offer a first-hand account of the event,...

By Bill Turque  | September 14, 2010; 12:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  Michelle Rhee, Test scores, Washington Teachers' Union  
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A tale of two gaps

Some of you expressed confusion earlier this week when a Post editorial reported that the achievement gap separating white and minority students had narrowed between 2007 and 2010. This followed an Aug. 19 story that I wrote describing vast divides...

By Bill Turque  | August 27, 2010; 3:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
Categories:  Michelle Rhee, Test scores  
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Achievement gap creeps back up in 2010, Bill Turque , August 24, 2010
Why did Tyler's test scores tank?, Bill Turque , August 11, 2010
 
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