DC Schools: Closing the Gaps
DC Schools Are Making Strides
After decades of decline, enrollment in DC’s public schools has increased
more than 20% since 2008.
STRIDES: ACADEMIC PROFICIENCY IN READING
4th graders in DC increased reading proficiency by 10% between 2011 and 2015, leaping ahead of peers in other cities.
DC students also made tremendous gains on the DC CAS assessment.
STRIDES: GRADUATION RATES
DC’s high school graduation rate
increased by more than 10% over the past five years.
Challenges Remain for Students and Families
CHALLENGES: ACHIEVEMENT GAPS
English Language Arts
Many student subgroups face major gaps in college and career readiness
as compared to their peers.
% of students who met or exceeded grade level learning standards
CHALLENGES: SCHOOL DISCIPLINE
Black, Hispanic, low-income and special education students are significantly
more likely to be suspended
than white students.
CHALLENGES: SCHOOL AVAILABILITY