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Approximately 45,000 students attend the District’s public schools and another 35,000 attend charter schools. Over the summer, administrators cheered all students’ achievements — noting that standardized test scores for D.C. public and charter schools are the highest they have been in six years. The D.C. Office of the State Superintendent of Education released the 2013 Comprehensive Assessment System scores, showing that 48.4 percent of public school students were proficient in math and reading while 55.8 percent of charter school students were at a proficiency level.

“After a school year where we saw unprecedented growth and achievement, I am thrilled to start what I am convinced will be our best school year yet,” Ms. Henderson said in a statement. “We know what works in our schools, we’re growing what has been successful and we’re creating new programs to strengthen areas that need attention.”