Washington, D.C., elementary students have increased their math proficiency by 11 percentage points versus a three-point gain last year and their reading by eight points compared to one point in 2007, according to preliminary testing data. Secondary students also improved nine points in both reading and math, versus last year's one-point and four-point gains, respectively. "I wasn't expecting to see such large gains early on," said D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee. "It's a testament to what kids can do."

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