School Facts

Snapshot

  1. Enrollment in DC public and charter schools has increased for first time in decades, driven by robust demand for preschool slots.
  2. Despite progress and some individual ‘star’ schools, fewer than half of students, on average, are reading or doing math on grade level.
  3. DC spends more per child than any state, yet scores at the bottom of all 50 states.

Enrollment

Total: 76,753 (Up 2% from 2010/11 – with 3 & 4 year-old programs surging 14%)  Note: Total includes 3,816 adult students.

  • DCPS: 45,191 (down 1%)
  • Public Charter: 31,562 (up 8%)
  • Percent public charter schools: 41%
  • Source: Office of the State Superintendent annual enrollment audit for SY2011/12

Per-pupil funding – Highest in nation

  • #1 DC  $18, 667
  • #2 NY $18,618
  • #51 Utah: $6,064
  • National average: $10,615

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Public Education Finances 2010, released summer 2012.

Four-year graduation rate

58%  (Read WAMU reporter Kavitha Cardoza’s report.)

Proficiency  

DC was one of just two states in the country to align its reading assessment entirely with the Common Core State Standards that 46 states and the District of Columbia approved.

Percent at or above grade-level overall: 47.4% (up from 42.2% in 2008)

Percent of students scoring proficient or advanced: 

     Reading        2012    2008  Math  2012 2008  Science  2012  2008

Statewide            45.6%   43.8%              49.3%   40.6%                  40.9%  33.2%           

DCPS                  43.5.%     42.8%             46%     38.6%                   38.9%   27%

Charters              49.4%      46%                  55%    45.1%                  44.2%  29.7%

Source: OSSE 2012 DC CAS report

How DC compares with other states and cities

National Assessment of Education Progress (the Nation’s Report Card)

Science: last of 51 states

Education blogger Alexander Russo compares 6 urban school districts and finds charter schools outperform traditional schools significantly.

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