Thurgood Marshall Academy the top-performing high school East of the River on 2019 PARCC scores

TMA students show growth from 2018 tests and continue to outperform citywide peers


WASHINGTON – Results on the most recent Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) assessment show that Thurgood Marshall Academy (TMA) is the top performing high school East of the River, and is in the top ten highest achieving high schools in the District of Columbia.

TMA’s students outpaced the city-wide average by 12 percentage points in English Language Arts (ELA) and 8 points in Geometry, and improved from last year’s scores by 10 percentage points in ELA and 5 points in Geometry.  In addition, twice the percentage of students in our at-risk population met or exceeded college ready expectations in ELA compared to similar students across DC.

The chart below shows the percentage of TMA students who met or exceeded college ready expectations in ELA and Geometry, compared to city-wide averages.

Subject TMA (Level 4+) City-Wide (Level 4+)
English Language Arts 46% 34%
Geometry 26% 18%


“These results confirm what many of us in the community already know,” said Raymond Weeden, Thurgood Marshall Academy’s new Executive Director. “Our students, families, staff, and teachers are working together to do something really impressive. TMA educates a majority of the students with the greatest needs in this city, and gives them the tools and support to be college and career ready.”

Administered in the Spring each year, the PARCC exam is one measure of students’ mastery of DC’s academic standards. Results are scored on a scale of 1 to 5, with Levels 4 and 5 indicating that students are on track to leave high school ready for success in college and career. Level 3 signifies that students are approaching that readiness.

In addition to TMA students outperforming their peers at the 4+ level, 70% scored Level 3 or higher on the ELA assessment and 47% scored Level 3 or higher on the Geometry assessment.

“One reason these scores are so impressive is that each year, more than half of our incoming 9th grade students arrive at TMA with math and reading skills below grade level,” said Abdullah Zaki, Head of School. “Despite that starting point, everyone here believes each and every student can improve and eventually perform well on this rigorous state test. We back up that belief with strategies and resources to make sure they get all the support they need.”

Students continue their academic excellence throughout their time at TMA, graduating and then attending college at rates far above the District and national averages. The graduation rate for the Class of 2018 was 87%, and 84% of those graduating students enrolled in college within one year of graduation.

“As I work with this team in the coming school year, we will continue our commitment to infusing joy and rigor in the classroom so that even more of our students, regardless of where they live, receive a great education that prepares them to succeed in college and beyond,” said Mr. Weeden.

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Founded in 2001, Thurgood Marshall Academy’s mission is to prepare students to succeed in college and actively engage in our democratic society. Serving roughly 400 students, Thurgood Marshall Academy is an open enrollment public charter high school in Ward 8’s Anacostia, and one of the highest performing non-selective high schools in the District. The school upholds Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall’s legacy of equal opportunity through its commitment to providing an excellent education for all students.