It all starts with Literacy.

Great gains for DC in reading, math


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The Nation’s Report Card for 4th and 8th grades has been released, and the District of Columbia is at the top, or very near it, in  gains in math and reading compared with all other states and jurisdictions.

As the Washington Informer reports:

According to the latest bi-annual test scores involving about 400,000 fourth-grade and 350,000 eighth-grade public school students across the country, District students have made tremendous gains.

From 2011 to 2013, fourth-grade reading scores jumped by five points; fourth-grade math improved by seven points; eighth-grade reading spiked by six points, and eighth-grade math results increased by five points.

Innovations for Learning began working extensively in District classrooms in the 2011-2012 school year.

“While there is no way to parse what was responsible for this success,” said Seth Weinberger, Innovations’ executive director, “it is likely that we played a part.”

The report card, formally known as the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NEAP) tests a large sample of the nation’s 4th, 8th and 12th graders at regular intervals in math and reading, as well as other subjects.

Detailed results of the assessment can be found here.

Innovations started a pilot project in four of the District of Columbia’s public schools in 2010-11. The results were so impressive (scores jumped to 49% benchmark/advanced from 16%  the year before) that the program was widened to every school in Cluster 1 in 2011-2012. Again, benchmark reading scores rose, this time by 13 points.

Once again, the District widened Innovations’ programs to more schools.

And the District continues to be enthusiastic about Innovations’ contributions to it students.

Yesterday, the District sent out this tweet to its 16,000 employees, encouraging them to take part in TutorMate, which uses computers and telephones to enable employees to tutor schoolchildren from afar.

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Way to go, DCPS!


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