Measuring Equity Matters

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Sujata Bhat

In order to help our schools better prepare historically underserved student populations, we need to understand how well schools and the city as a whole are supporting those students currently. Beginning in 2012, NewSchools Venture Fund’s DC Schools Fund provided support to a partnership between the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE), DC Public Schools (DCPS), the DC Public Charter School Board (PCSB) and the Deputy Mayor for Education (DME) to answer this question.

This cross-sector partnership produced the citywide Equity Reports, which allow you to see how subgroups of students are faring in terms of academic performance, attendance, discipline, and graduation at the school-level and citywide. Subgroups are broken out by race/ethnicity, gender, and need (English Language Learners, special education, and economically disadvantaged students). You can also explore student mobility and see the number of students who entered and left a particular school each month of the school year.

The 2014-15 Equity Reports were released in June 2016 and are available on LearnDC. Teachers, parents, school leaders and decisionmakers across the city can explore the data to gain more insight into the progress, gaps and opportunities for addressing the needs of every student in DC.