Statement from DFER-DC Deputy Director Jess Giles on 2018-2019 PARCC Results
August 19, 2019
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Jess Giles, DC Deputy Director
Washington, DC— Today, the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (“OSSE”) released the 2018-2019 Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (“PARCC”) scores for public school students showing continued gains—including for at-risk students, English Learners and Students with Disabilities. Of note, the percent of students scoring a 4 or 5 on the exam has improved by 12.3-percentage points in English language arts (“ELA”) and 8.4-percentage points math since 2015.
In response to the PARCC scores, Democrats for Education Reform-DC (DFER-DC) Deputy Director Jess Giles released the following statement:
“The results of this year’s PARCC test underscores the steady improvement that our public schools continue to make and highlights the importance of education reform. When we fight for equitable funding, improve teacher preparation and supports, hold schools accountable, and preserve public school choice; our students can and will achieve.
While we are pleased with the gains made, we remain concerned about the overall low scores and the persistent achievement gaps in the District of Columbia. DFER-DC will continue to fight to close the achievement gap and ensure every student, particularly our at-risk students, students of color, and students with special needs, receives a high-quality education.”
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