D.C. schools to release standardized test scores

WASHINGTON (WJLA) - Overall test scores are up in the city for both D.C. public school and the charters. They are up from year to year and way up from six years ago, when former D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty and former schools chancellor Michelle Rhee launched the testing.

For D.C. pubic school, math scores went from 27.9 percent in 2007 to 45.9 last year to 49.5 percent proficiency this year.

Reading scores up from 34 to 47.4 this year. D.C. schools chancellor Kaya Henderson received a standing ovation Tuesday.

"Our investments in human capital are paying off," she said.

Maria Tukeva, a D.C. principal for 30 years was asked what's different for her Columbia Education campus where both reading and math scores jumped around 5 percent in a year.

"That's something that we're really seeing a lot more support a lot more resources,” Tukeva says.

The charter schools were cheering today as well.

"What makes me most proud of the charter is that every year their performance has improved," says Scott Person of D.C. charter schools.

And comparing charters to the public schools, the charters are testing higher in math than D.C. public schools.

A surprise visitor at Tuesday's news conference was Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker. Prince George's County is going to follow the D.C. model of executive control.