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A disappointing year of DCPS test scores

Chancellor Kaya Henderson said Thursday she is “disappointed” DCPS students didn’t make greater testing gains in 2014. (Matt McClain/The Washington Post)

A year ago, Mayor Vincent C. Gray and D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson were pleased as punch to report “historic” gains by DCPS students on the annual DC-CAS standardized tests. This year, not so much. While there were incremental gains in top-line reading and math scores, a deeper look at the results reveals “some unsettling data points,” the Post’s Emma Brown and Michael Chandler report: “Proficiency rates among students learning English as a second language declined in both subjects and in both traditional and charter schools. Latino students’ reading proficiency rates also dropped in both sectors, while the traditional school system saw reading proficiency fall among its economically disadvantaged students.” The much-watched “achievement gap” failed to narrow. Said Henderson Thursday: “I have to be honest with you and say I’m disappointed.”

In other news:

Leo Dwyer, Dupont ANC member, is arrested after allegedly assaulting homeless man and using racial slur (PostWRC-TVWJLA-TV)

University of Maryland president says he could save the Corcoran in six weeks without dismantling it (PostAP)

Administrative law judges vote to unionize, ending two-year fight (Post)

Christopher Barry is in jail after violating probation by driving with revoked license (WRC-TVPostAP)

Daughter charged in 54-year-old Columbia Heights woman’s beating death (Post)

“One City, One Hire” meets 10,000-job goal (DofDDCist)

Yoga studios seeks to avoid yoga tax (Yoga AllianceTPMCity Desk)

Three ways to fix Rapid Rehousing (DCFPI)

Amit Mehta, partner at Zuckerman Spaeder, is latest Obama nominee to D.C. District bench (Legal Times)

When MLK Library renovations start, the library will likely move into a nearby office building (WBJ)

Deborah Simmons sympathizes with charter schools’ funding lawsuit (WaTimes)

Eastern Market vendors vent on lease negotiations (WBJ)

Randall School plans quietly chug along (WBJ)

Zoning for neighborhood theaters is full of drama (GGW)

Regulators approve MedStar’s downtown clinic plans (WBJ)

Program helps foster kids save for the future (CAAB)

D.C. Public Library launches partnership with sci-fi museum (news release)

Forget Andy Harris; time for D.C. activists to protest John Boehner? (Post letter)

Mike DeBonis covers Congress and national politics for The Washington Post. He previously covered D.C. politics and government from 2007 to 2015.

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