WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — D.C. Public Schools received its highest test scores in six years and Mayor Vincent Gray wants that trend to continue.

In his weekly radio address on All-News 99.1 WNEW, Gray says the Comprehensive Assessment System test scores are proof that the District’s schools are heading in the right direction.

“We are on the right track,” Gray said. “We’ve transformed our curriculum, we’ve established high standards for teaching and learning, we are attracting and retaining the best and brightest teachers, principals and other educators, and our system and educators are giving more time and more resources to our students.”

Still, Gray says it’s important for the city’s schools to continue to make strides.

“As we celebrate these tremendous results we also need to acknowledge that we still have a lot of hard work ahead of us,” Gray said. “Although these gains are significant, citywide proficiency levels are still far too low. … I’m as impatient as anyone when it comes to the pace of education reform. But I also know there’s no easy path or quick fix for the results we want.

Listen to Gray’s weekly radio address in its entirety:

The mayor’s weekly radio address can be heard at 10:05 a.m. every Sunday exclusively on All-News 99.1 WNEW and streamed online.

WNEW’s Matt DelSignore contributed to this report. Follow him and WNEW on Twitter.


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