DC State Of The School Report Released

The latest State of DC Schools report is out. A snapshot of some of its findings:

Over the past 5 five years enrollment is up two-percent; graduation rates for students with disabilities increased by 7%.  At-risk and Black students are nine times likelier than their white peers to be suspended. Overall 29% of DC’s students missed 10 percent or more of
school last year, while 44% of those at-risk missed at least 10% of school.  Wards 7 & 8 have the highest numbers of at-risk students and their numbers have increased over the past five years, while that number elsewhere in the city has largely decreased.  The report finds that from 2003-2019, D.C.’s rank on the national assessment has moved from last or near last to middle-of-the-pack or better among participating cities.  Achievement gaps persist of at least 48 percentage points between the highest-scoring group (white students) and other groups on the PARCC state assessment. Racial and ethnic diversity remains low across the city. In nearly half of DCPS and public charter schools, at least 90% of the student body is Black. White students make up 12% of enrollment. Thirteen schools have a majority-white student body. Student performance on the PARCC assessment since 2014-15 has risen 12 percentage points in English Language Arts and 9 percentage points in Math.