DCPS Students Took (and Tanked) Tests on Material That Wasn’t Even Covered in Their Classes

In a recent Washington Post story by Ruth Wattenberg, we learn that two of DC’s most recognized high schools saw their test scores decline for a variety of reasons. While DCPS administrators have laid the blame at the feet of students who essentially “blew off” the tests, others have chosen to focus on a total mismatch between students’ classes and what was on the tests. And what happens when students are forced to take tests in subjects they haven’t covered in over four years? Test scores are rendered meaningless.  

The Big Disconnect

When I ask myself why I’m nervous, I realize there is a multitude of reasons. From being nervous about whether they will have successful school years to being completely frightened about raising two black boys in a time when we, yet again, find ourselves having to openly and publicly prove our worth and our reason for being. Dust off that record. We’re singing “We’re Black and We’re Proud”…again.