D.C. schools Tops in Reading among Urban Systems
May 30, 2010 4 Comments
Here is another list DC made it to the top. A federal study of trends in 11 major urban school systems shows that only D.C. Public Schools has made significant gains in reading achievement since 2007 in fourth and eighth grades, according to National Assessment of Educational Progress this week. The results also echo gains city schools made in the same span on federal math tests.
This is a significant progress since 2008 in student reading skills. Of the 11 urban school systems that administered the exam, only the District registered significant improvement at both grade levels. The eighth-grade growth outpaced the average growth in the nation, while fourth-grade growth trailed only that in Houston.
For the District, the study offers fresh signs of momentum for a school system long regarded among the nation’s worst and bolsters Mayor Adrian M. Fenty‘s contention that Michelle Rhee, he hired three years ago, is on the right track. So, I guess the test scores suggest the new D.C. school model is working. Ms. Rhee has certainly been kicking ass
I recall when the Mayor took over and put Ms. Rhee in charge of handling DC school, his decision was questioned by literally every one. Ms. Rhee has been controversial since she took over the position, in some cases gratuitously and in some cases inevitably.
Let’s hope, such a significant accomplishment will sustain and we see more and positive results from Ms. Rhee decisions and of course from the students themselves.