DC-wide Test Results Underscore Impact of COVID on Students in the City
Washington, DC – Dr. Michelle J. Walker-Davis, executive director of the DC Public Charter School Board released the following statement about today’s announcement from Mayor Muriel Bowser on the recent PARCC testing results:
“We all know from first-hand experience that the last two and a half years have been very difficult for our students due to the pandemic and the frequent disruptions throughout the school year,” said Dr. Michelle J. Walker-Davis, executive director, DC Public Charter School Board. “These test results give school leaders, teachers, and DC PCSB a better understanding of where our students are performing well and where we need to make improvements so our students make progress in the current and future school years.”
The PARCC assessments, administered in spring 2022, measured students’ performance in English Language Arts (ELA) and math in grades 3-8 and high school grades 9-12 (adult learners do not take the assessment). The test has five performance levels, with level 4 and level 5 indicating readiness for college and career. In the public charter school sector, the number of students in grades 3-8 who scored at or above level 4 decreased by 10.0 percentage points in ELA and 13.0 percentage points in math, and the number of students in grades 9-12 who scored at or above level 4 decreased by 1.7 percentage point in ELA and 6.7 percentage points in math.
The DC Public Charter School Board is undertaking a number of initiatives to improve learning outcomes for all students, particularly those from historically marginalized communities. Those initiatives include:
- Revising our accountability framework to better reflect the needs of our students
- Incorporating samples of students’ work to our oversight process
More information about public charter school results are available at https://dcpcsb.org/test-results-parcc.