WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 26, 2012)—The Washington Teachers’ Union (WTU) President Nathan Saunders congratulates the District of Columbia Public School (DCPS) teachers on the significant 2012 D.C. Comprehensive Assessment System (DC CAS) gains. The latest standardized test scores for D.C. public schools demonstrate that teachers are providing high-quality public education to students daily. Since 2007, the scores have increased in critical subject areas such as reading and math. The District’s charter schools suffered slight declines or made minimal gains in scores.
This news, in addition to exciting programs WTU and DCPS have planned for the upcoming 2012- 2013 school year such as the WTU Teachers' Center, is extremely promising for parents considering enrolling their children in traditional D.C. public schools. These results evidence the need for continued investment and support. D.C. citizens can further improve student achievement through parent participation for minimal cost!
“In the midst of WTU/DCPS contract negotiations, the DC CAS results serve as an indication that DCPS must continue to provide a competitive compensation system, improved working conditions and respect teachers’ voices," said WTU President Nathan Saunders. “I would like to congratulate our members, Mayor Gray and Chancellor Henderson for their contribution."