Watkins Elementary School

Students at 10 Capitol Hill-area Elementary and Middle schools scored above the District average in math and English according to test results from the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers released today.

Students across the District took the PARCC tests to determine how well schools are preparing students for college and careers. Earlier today, Mayor Muriel Bowser released the results of test scores for grades 3-8. On average, 25 percent of students between grades 3 and 8 scored at “On track for college and career readiness” in math and 24 percent were on track in English.

However, multiple elementary and middle schools in the Capitol Hill area scored above the District average. Brent Elementary led area schools in both math and English, with 57 percent of students considered on track in math and 68 percent in English.

The other local schools that exceeded the District average in both math and English are:

  • School Within School
  • Ludlow-Taylor Elementary School
  • Maury Elementary School
  • Watkins Elementary School
  • Two Rivers Public Charter School

The following schools scored above average in math only:

  • Tyler Elementary School
  • J.O. Wilson Elementary School
  • Chamberlain Middle School (Friendship PCS)

Capitol Hill Montessori School at Logan scored above average in English but not math.

Catharine Bellinger, the Director of the D.C. chapter of Democrats for Education Reform touted Ludlow-Taylor and Tyler elementary schools as schools that performed well despite having a high number of economically disadvantaged students in a statement about the scores.

Bellinger said that students at these schools are “beating the odds” and said DFER “commend the teachers and leaders working every day in these schools to prepare their students to succeed, not just on tests, but as life-long learners and critical thinkers.”


600 block of 10th Street NE (Photo via Google Maps)A man was grazed with a bullet near the H Street corridor this week after three masked men with guns tried to rob him.

The men struck on the 600 block of 10th Street NE about 10:45 p.m. Tuesday, police said today. The block includes School Within School and the Sherwood Recreation Center.

The would-be thieves pulled guns on the victim and ordered him to give them his property, according to authorities. When the victim tried to run away, he was shot.

The man received treatment for his graze wound, police said.

Photo via Google Maps


(Updated at 3:45 p.m.) Mayor Muriel Bowser declined last night to support major renovations to some Capitol Hill-area schools in the coming year, despite residents’ complaints.

Bowser said the District doesn’t have enough money for significant updates to Eliot-Hine Middle School, School-Within-School and other Ward 6 schools in fiscal 2016. Under the mayor’s budget proposal released last week, extensive upgrades to Eliot-Hine and School-Within-School were slated to be put off until fiscal 2019.

Speaking at an ANC 6A meeting, Bowser said she had to make “tough decisions” that won’t make everybody happy.

“I want to be able to invest in all of the schools, renovate [and] totally transform all of them,” Bowser said. “But we can’t do them all at once.”

The schools need functioning heating and cooling systems, repaired bathrooms and other improvements, locals say.

Joe Weedon, Ward 6′s representative to the D.C. State Board of Education, said at the meeting that his elementary school-age daughter visited Eliot-Hine and wouldn’t use the restroom there, where some stalls don’t have doors.

“There’s something wrong when the facilities’ [repairs] have been pushed back, pushed back, pushed back,” Weedon said.

Eliot-Hine would receive $34.1 million for renovations in fiscal 2019 and 2020 under the mayor’s plan. Nearly 300 students attended the school at 1830 Constitution Ave. NE in the 2013-2014 school year.

As for School-Within-School, Bowser has requested $11.9 million to modernize the school in fiscal 2019. The school at 920 F St. NE had about 200 students in the 2013-2014 school year.

Bowser said the District will fix the bathrooms at Eliot-Hine, but didn’t say when.

“I don’t want the conversation to be trade-offs between schools, because they’re all priorities,” she said.

Photo via Twitter/Heather Schoell


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