The DC- Comprehensive Assessment System (DC-CAS) is the District’s standardized academic test, administered to all public and public charter school students in grades three through eight and in 10th grade. The test measures student proficiency in the areas of math and reading.
Preliminary DC-CAS results were released by the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) on Friday, July 8, 2011. Though the test scores for elementary reading and math stayed relatively the same—secondary reading scores showed gains and secondary math scores demonstrated even larger gains. Most impressively, DC public charter school students made gains in math and reading on both the elementary and secondary level.
We want to congratulate DCPS and DCPCS teachers, principals, officials and students on all of the hard work they have done this past year though we realize that much work remains. For those invested in improving the quality of public education in the District, we know our students still deserve better—every student deserves a high quality principal, teacher and school and we are not there yet.
We look forward to the release and analysis of more data over the coming weeks and what that means for DC students. Find DCPS’s analysis of test data, here.