D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray and Ward 7 Councilwoman Yvette M. Alexander chat at Neval Thomas Elementary School where District and school officials gathered Thursday for the announcement of progress made in reading, math and science test scores in the city’s schools. Educators and residents packed the gym and officials couched the news as a “joyous occasion” and a “good day for DCPS.” (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)