While Achievement Gaps Persist, D.C. Schools Show Signs of Improvement Overall

While Achievement Gaps Persist, D.C. Schools Show Signs of Improvement Overall

November 26, 2019

According to the District of Columbia’s star rankings, released just last week, D.C. schools are showing “improvements across the city” despite the fact that an “achievement gap on standardized tests” between low-income students and more affluent ones continues to persist. This is the second year D.C. schools have been ranked under star ratings system, the “city’s answer to the Obama administration’s 2015 Every Student Succeeds Act, which mandated that states and the District develop uniform and easily accessible report cards for schools by the end of 2018.” This year, 76 schools earned four or five stars, compared to 56 schools last year. Based on the results, the city plans to invest “$11 million over three years in schools that scored in the bottom 5 percent on the star ranking.”