DC students show improvement in mathematics

Educators across the country stress the importance of math and science in students' lives. With technology and scientific job markets expanding faster than other fields, a strong background in those subjects can pay dividends in pupils' job prospects down the road. People considering buying one of the homes for sale in Washington, DC, will therefore likely be glad to hear that schools in the city have shown strong improvements in 2012.

Public and charter schools throughout the district recorded gains in math scores, according to The Washington Post. In the metro's 123 traditional public schools, 46 percent of students scored proficient in math, which is 3 percentage points higher than 2011. Likewise, charter schools in the region gained about a percentage point since last year, bringing their math proficiency rate up to 55 percent.

These gains have elicited praise from education officials throughout DC.

"I am completely and totally optimistic about results we are seeing," DC Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson told the news outlet.

Expressing a similar sentiment, DC Mayor Vincent Gray considered the math bumps to be indicative of progress for the city.

"We are trending in the right direction," Gray said, according to the Washington Times.