DC Schools Graduation Rates Skyrocket But Math And English Test Scores Still Perilously Low

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The graduation rate for public schools in Washington, D.C., has skyrocketed, but English and math tests scores lag far behind, according to a Tuesday report.

The percent of students graduating from D.C. Public Schools has risen from a little over 50 percent to 73 percent from 2011 to 2017, reported The Washington Post. But the proportions of students who meet or exceed expectations on English and math exams hover at around one-quarter.

“These graduation rates are a reminder that when we have high expectations for our young people and we back up those expectations with robust programs and resources, our students can and will achieve at high levels,” said Muriel Bowser, D.C.’s mayor, in a statement obtained by WaPo.

The city has placed college and career counselors placed in high schools across D.C.

But 25.5 percent and 23.9 percent of D.C. public school students meet or exceed expectations for English and math exams, respectively, according to a 2016 Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) report.

D.C. charter schools, which account for the education of a little less than half of D.C.’s public school students, increased its graduation rate slightly to also approximately 73 percent. D.C. public schools’ graduation rate still lags 10 percent behind the nationwide 83 percent on-time graduation rate reported for the 2014-2015 year, according to WaPo.

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