By Associated Press - Tuesday, October 27, 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) - Just 10 percent of Washington students who took a new standardized Geometry test and 25 percent of students who took a new high school English test met proficiency standards designed to reflect whether they are on track to enter college or begin careers after graduation.

The high school scores, released Tuesday, offer the first glimpse of how District students are performing on the Common Core academic standards.

Results also show a stark achievement gap, with 52 percent of white students scoring proficient or better on the Geometry test, compared to 8 percent of Hispanic students and 4 percent of black students.

D.C. Public Schools Superintendent Hanseul Kang says the results may be unsettling, but officials and teachers need to be focused upon how to better prepare students for college.

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