Standardized Tests Focus of D.C. Schools

The Post reports that the annual DC-CAS — District of Columbia Comprehensive Assessment System — begins today for grades 3 through 8, and has caused D.C. schools to obsessively prepare and strategize so that students test well this year.  The exams in reading, math, composition, science and biology will be used by the federal government to gauge which D.C. schools have achieved “adequate yearly progress” as defined by the No Child Left Behind law.

The test is particularly important because it is one of two tests this year that will provide much-anticipated snapshots of Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee’s progress in her efforts to overhaul the historically underachieving public school system.

Perhaps Rhee’s focus on these tests have, in part, been the reason why she has not been able to answer my questions regarding the fate of the historic Park View School building on Warder, or progress on the Bruce-Monroe school on Georgia Ave.

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One Response to “Standardized Tests Focus of D.C. Schools”

  1. Rhee is not telling anyone, even the school’s parents about the plans. Developers are foaming at the mouth for rights to build on the old Bruce Monroe property at Georgia and Irving without a school there. Meanwhile Fenty and Rhee seem to be rethinking their promise to rebuild a brand new building while the school temporarily is housed in the Park View building. What a surprise.

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