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DC credits reforms for US report card improvement

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The District of Columbia schools chancellor is crediting the city's rigorous teacher-accountability program for big leaps in scores on the Nation's Report Card.

The district and Tennessee were the only state-level school systems that showed increases over the past 2 years in both math and reading in both 4th and 8th grades.

Chancellor Kaya Henderson says the results show that "the reforms we have put in place are working." She says the district is "showing the nation that when you embrace higher expectations for teachers and students, they rise to the challenge."

The district uses student test scores, classroom observations and other factors to evaluate teachers. Those who are found to be ineffective can be fired, while teachers considered highly effective can receive pay raises and bonuses.

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