City sees continued PARCC progress, though charts of each school’s performance point to gaps

Dupont Circle's Ross Elementary was Northwest's top-scoring school in the PARCC exams' mathematics section. (Brian Kapur/The Current/September 2017)

D.C. students’ standardized-testing performance continued its slow but steady improvement in the 2016-17 school year, based on results from the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers exams.

The PARCC exams cover mathematics and English language arts, and rate students’ progress against their readiness to advance to the next grade or to college. Citywide, just 27 percent of students in the D.C. Public Schools system and public charter schools met or exceeded expectations in math and 31 percent reached that level in English. 

Across Northwest, individual schools showed mixed results — both in terms of how many students performed acceptably in total, and how those figures compare to the previous year.

The Current has compiled charts of schools located in wards 1 through 4, showing the percentage of each school’s students that reached each of five PARCC levels: Level 5 students “exceeded expectations,” Level 4 “met expectations,” Level 3 “approached expectations,” Level 2 “partially met expectations” and Level 1 “did not yet meet expectations.” The charts also compare the percentage of students who met or exceeded expectations to the school’s 2015-16 level.

The first PDF file details local schools’ math performance, and also lists Northwest’s top-performing schools on both math and English. The second PDF details their English performance, and also lists the Northwest schools whose scores rose by at least 2 percentage points.

School-by-school results of the PARCC math exams
School-by-school results of the PARCC English exams