For Immediate Release: 
August 30, 2016
Matthew Nocella, (202) 724-8105

Grosso sees progress, unfinished work in latest PARCC results

Washington, D.C. – Councilmember David Grosso (I-At Large), chairperson of the Committee on Education, released the following statement on today’s release of the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) scores for the District of Columbia:

“I am happy to see progress in the PARCC scores that were released today as we continue the drive toward improving our public education system. When the District of Columbia transitioned to the PARCC assessment, we understood the importance of raising our standards to ensure that our students are truly college and career ready.  Though there have been advancements, the results still reflect the need for continued improvements to enable every child in this city to succeed.

“Data gathered through PARCC builds from year to year so that our educators and school leaders can identify both positive and negative trends.  This year’s results, for example, show that we are not doing enough to lift up students with disabilities or English language learners.  However, illuminating these gaps allows us to develop data-driven roadmaps to improvement.

“I am committed to supporting the work of our public charter and traditional public schools, and continuing to push for innovative and thoughtful ways that we can rapidly progress to improve the lives of our children both in and out of school.  Tackling each issue that a child faces – head on – is the only way we will see test scores rise and the achievement gap close.”