WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- DC School Chancellor Kaya Henderson says "This is not the DCPS of your mothers."
Henderson and Mayor Vincent Gray held a press conference to announce that the City's fourth and eighth graders made the biggest jumps on reading and math scores, when compared to other urban school systems.
Fourth grade reading scores were up five points. Eight points for eighth graders in Reading. Math scores for 4th graders increased by seven points. Eighth grade math scores were up by five points.
Henderson and Mayor Vincent Gray said they will use the improved test scores tohelp lobby teachers unions and others for a longer school day for students.
In pilot programs this year Henderson says the longer school day has seen test score improvements in seven of eight schools.